Friday, May 30, 2008


Solid weekend of shows. And be sure to check our MP3 section as we slowly but surely start to add more and more to it. Within the next couple of weeks, we hope to be posting multiple tracks a day. Shows:


Night Game Cult/White Bitch/Violent Squid (Rubber Gloves): We've seen various squabbles in the comments sections concerning whether or not Silk Stocking will be playing this show, so for now, we're just going to assume that they aren't. But in more important news, Kyle Cheatham's Night Game Cult comes back to town sounding just as insane as ever but probably a bit more ahead of its time than many people gave the guy credit for when he was here. Seeing artists like John Maus, Kelley Polar, Strategy, Jeremy Jay and others blow up around blog land over the past year really makes me thing that Night Game Cult could have enjoyed some of the same success if it weren't for the fact that his music is, in many ways, quite a bit more daring than that of the aforementioned artists. Not to say that Night Game sounds much like Strategy or anything, but part of that same ingredient is present-- you know, the one where it is ok to take Pet Shop Boys and Naked Eyes seriously. Night Game adds a twisted lyrical innocence and an unbalanced outlook that is particularly nervous, especially in a live setting. The respected Matin Iles will also be doing some rather interesting video work for this show. Apparently he and Mr. Cheatham have been working together to prepare a video presentation designed to match every song in tonight's Night Game set. Based on some of Iles' previous work, I'm excited to see this.

The Party (Zubar): Will feature the Cultura Fina dudes in some capacity.

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel (Dan's Silverleaf): Expect a packed house of devoted fans at a venue with a climate that seems tailor made for any project involving Will Johnson. Dan's devotees should feel fortunate tonight because they will get to see not one but two of Johnson's bands this evening, both of which are preparing to release new albums. In fact, they are both about to release the same album, or the same double album, entitled Dual Hawks, with each band given their own disk. I hear rumors that there might be some copies at the show, but I can't confirm this.

Marked Men/Teenage Cool Kids/Total Abuse/Back Stabbath (715 Panhandle): Fun, crowded, and sweaty show not to mention one of your last chances to catch The Marked Men in Denton for a very long time. The band is just coming off of a triumphant set at Chaos In Tejas that took place in Austin a couple of weeks ago, and I've been meaning to mention what a good time that event was. Bands as different as the spookily melodic Vivian Girls to the truly punishing Los Crudos played to packed crowds and there were better spirits and attitudes around the Red River area than I've experienced in some time. My only complaint was having to deal with after hours shows getting shut down or finding out about impromptu sets on my way back to Dallas, causing me to miss Limp Wrist. Oh, well.Back to the 715 business, even though Teenage Cool Kids and The Marked Men are the better known bands around here and they're certainly worth watching, I would wholeheartedly recommend the recently reunited Back Stabbath as well as as Austin's Total Abuse. The eleven seconds of Back Stabbath's "Hi Fives and Dumpster Dives" is exactly the kind of fucked up thrash I seek at shows like this, and there is nothing like the sight and sound of people losing it between every short burst. Total Abuse includes one half of Best Fwends (which might explain a review in Fader), but the hoarse fury of their Reagan Era hardcore replicas couldn't be more different. Barbecue at six. Show starts at seven sharp. Get there early.
Treasure Fingers/Kill the Noise/Keith P (The Loft)

Sarah Jaffe/The Heartstring Stranglers/Alan James (Chat Room)


Final Strawberry Fields Oak St. Concert (Strawberry Fields): The final concert to take place at Strawberry Fields' Oak Street location will be an all day, free affair starting at 1pm. Highlights include White Drugs at 7:30, Fight Bite at 10:30, and Drink to victory at 11:15. Check this thread on Denton Rock City for the complete schedule. It's sad to see this place go, but it always seems that just as one era of Denton DIY ends, another begins. We'll see what happens next.

Dub Assembly (Green Elephant)

Female Snake/Division of Power/Rocket for Ethiopia/Bad Sports/Without Thought (Exploding House): This show is three bucks and starts at 8pm. Go early for bad Sports please.

Convextion/Total Vengeance/DJ G (Hailey's): This is going to be right up the alley of anyone who knows anything about good dance music. Convextion is perhaps the most underappreciated electronic artist in north Texas these days, evidenced by the fact that he just returned from a Eurpean tour which included a performance at London's legendary Fabric Club (not to mention write ups in highly respected publications such as Boomkat and Wire, among others). But dude doesn't sound like Black Tie Dyansty or PPT, so I wouldn't expect a write up in most of the major local music media outlets any time soon. Convextion will be focusing his set on 4AD and Detroit techno, while Total Vengeance, a part of That's What's Hot Productions, will be spinning acid house and Dutch electro cuts after a set of post punk and other rarities from DJ G. This is probably the most tasteful and exciting dance line up I've seen around here in months. Highly recommended.

Existence is Elsewhere featuring Yells at Eels/SUBkommander (Avenue Arts): The musical performances begin at 9pm, and this is one you aren't going to want to miss. Looks like this will be a very solid art show as well.

Baptist Generals/Band of Annuals/Matthew and the Arrogant Sea (Chat Room)

Lumberjack (Dan's Silverleaf): Check the schedule here, highlights include Gun Gun, Birth To Burial and Deep Snapper.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's/Matthew and the Arrogant Sea/Red Monroe (Rubber Gloves): You know, someone in one of the comments sections (I know, I'm bringing them up a lot today) remarked that Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos might have THE dumbest band name in the world, and the more I say it to myself in my head, the more I think I agree. It's the kind of name that the quirky bff in My So Called Life would come up with, and I think they might want to take a little naming advice from Linkin Park-- be strategic about it, people. Of course, the band's music sounds much better than their name would lead you to believe, but that isn't saying a whole hell of a lot. It kind of reminds me of Coldplay and Travis and various other Radiohead water downers hiding behind the aesthetic fashion sense of indie pop marquee names like The Shins, Rogue Wave and Arcade Fire (and possibly Starlight Mints). The lead singer refers to a girl in one of the songs as a "Calico queen." Does that tell you enough already? This is another example of a show where the local openers far outshine the headliner.


Starhead/Dark Valley Harvesters/Fancy Fist (Dan's Silverleaf): Our friend Sally Glass will be performing on the biggest stage of her career this evening... don't screw up, Sally! Also, I hear rumors of a cool cover by Fancy Fist, and I kinda have the inside scoop on that shit, yo.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i nominate back stabbath for best band name in the world.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White Drugs are not playing at SF.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

what is the party?

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange Boy Wax Museums and Uptown Bums at rubber gloves sunday june 1st

6:21 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

SUBkommader Big Band on Saturday, featuring the Gonzalez brothers Stephan and and Aaron and possibly Dennis as well. This went spectacularly the last time during Melodica at Avenue Arts. I'm sorry to say I won't make it ... family reunions and shit. Or store closings. Or both.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i nominate 4:48 for biggest tardo goin'

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spector 45 & The Mullens @ Dada Saturday after Existence is Elsewhere = damn good time!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

total vengeance is performing original tracks live. not djing. techno/electro.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:24 PM  
Anonymous there are no wolves here said...

that Dan's show is round 9, not 6, btw.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all those bands playing at dans tonight suck it real hard. but i bet there will still be people there to see it.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahead of its time? karaoke has been around a long time.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:19-how interesting.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

I wish blogs shutdown as often as DIY venues

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you appreciate convextion that is really, really rare round here.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you appreciate convextion that is really, really rare round here.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

well unfortunately for you, cackling hen, we will continue to rule your world for some time to come.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Strawberry Fields said...

Big thanks to all the bands and patrons that made it out to the farewell show. It was a great time as always.

And HUMONGOUS thanks goes out to the Drink 2 Victory guys for loaning us their PA and defacing our performance space with their logo. And thanks to Rival Gang for all the nasty graffiti.

Thanks for all of your support at our oak location and we hope to see you next week at our new location right next to rubber gloves.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous animal plants said...

"all those bands playing at dans tonight suck it real hard. but i bet there will still be people there to see it. "

a fine example of what its like to be a douche bag.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how you mention Sally Glass
even though her music is mediocre at best.

The spoil system works well in this cabinet.

Fuck weshotjr. And fuck Fancy Fist.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

i like sally (fancy fist).
so... fuck you... anonymous!

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh... Fuck weshotjr. You told them!

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent my weekend crashing hotel room parties at A-Kon. I didn't even register. LOLolzzlzzz.


10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nip nip

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dad's a fag..

10:20 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

well fortunately for all of us, 836, everyone knows that Sally is a part of this blog, so i don't really think it's much of a problem.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

"It's funny how you mention Sally Glass
even though her music is mediocre at best.

The spoil system works well in this cabinet.

Fuck weshotjr. And fuck Fancy Fist."

it's only annoying in the sense that they routinely label all other people with acoustic guitars with that godawful tag "singer songwriter"... but it's their blog, they can write whatever they want.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous brent said...

"strawberry fields forever"

12:41 AM  
Anonymous cody said...

it was my first time to see/hear sally, I loved it. good songs, great voice.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous there are no wolves here said...

yesyes, Ms Glass is welcome herebouts as far as i'm concerned.

and 'borderline'? brilliant. We could use more covers in the world.

( and Go GO Gutterth!)

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fancy fuck fist yeH!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has said many nice things about people with acoustic guitars or songwriting based musicians. There is no mandate that says a blog must write about a certain type of musician. I'm sure one of you is the idiot that wrote this in the Observer comments:

"Do NOT dismiss a band just because they have a regional roots sound. It seems like these bands don't make it on the radars of local music blogs because they are not direct descendants of late 70's No-Wave or late 80's/early 90's Post-Rock. There IS musical progression through historic sounds. Look at Captain Beefheart. He changed the face of rock while staying knee-deep in Delta blues. These bands are not trying to emulate a sound. They are following their own paths and creating some blends and concoctions that are truly unique and honest.

Comment by Progressive History — May 15, 2008 @ 10:12AM"

10:38 AM  
Anonymous gigi said...

Ms. Glass was amazing. Beautiful voice and sweet demeanor. Best cover of Rocky Raccoon I've ever heard. starhead wasn't bad either.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing Glass, how sweet the sound...

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:49 PM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

"This blog has said many nice things about people with acoustic guitars or songwriting based musicians. There is no mandate that says a blog must write about a certain type of musician."

I've also read plenty of blanket, uninformed generalizations. I've written about music for almost five years. There's a reason why major music sites want you to only review genres you know well.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

And there is also a reason why this blog is popular and no one gives two shits about anything you have to say.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

it's called constructive criticism, dude. No wonder this place has such a negative vibe.

and yeah, there are people who give two shits.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

So, Cackling Hen: Why don't you tell us what genres we know well? Why don't you tell me how many years any of us have been writing about music? You're assuming that you know a lot about these things, and I welcome you to chime in with any info you might have.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, put away your shovel.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

denton rock city is down... so he has to dig somewhere

4:24 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Constructive criticism usually contains substantive and coherent arguments concerning the subject matter at hand. When you decide to make your criticism constructive, I'll take it as such.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

being twice the asshole doesn't mean you give two shits.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

popular?!? your numbers are down, tonedflanger.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

what numbers?

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

"And there is also a reason why this blog is popular and no one gives two shits about anything you have to say."

what kind of dude brah, rah rah shit is that? You and Nouns Group guy out to get together and chest bump each other. Yeah! We can type elitist musical gibberish at 80 wpm as anemic, too sucky at World of Warcraft, El Centro kids post 5th grade-esque anonymous insults while ditching their intro to pre-algebra classes. Hi fives all around... your lives have great meaning.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, you're embarassing Denton.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I really don't even know how to respond to that. I thought you were going to constructively criticize my writing or something.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

david folmer sucks

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

"David, you're embarassing Denton."

really? sorry... I was in the mood to pick a fight for some reason. Didn't really work the wanted.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

David, you're really embarrassing yourself, not Denton. I would never associate all of Denton with some singer songwriter making an ass of himself. It isn't the first time. If you have been writing about music for a volunteer contribution based website that you didn't start for five years, what great meaning does your life have that our lives apparently do not?

You still didn't tell me what genres of music we know well.

You still didn't tell me how many years I have been writing about music.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

I was just kidding around, dude. DRC was down. Don't take it so seriously.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous defensive listening said...

My favorite. I love when people come on here trying to summarize our entire lives, tell us what we do or don't know and then tell us: "Dude, I was just joking. I didn't really mean that you don't know anything and that your life has no meaning. I just said that but I didn't mean it."

Fuck you.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Superior Cackling Hen said...

God you're a tightass...

when I mention World of Warcraft, El Centro, and intro to pre-algebra, don't you think maybe that's a clue that's it's meant to be taken a little tongue in cheek?

I honestly don't care enough about this blog or Dallas music to get angry about this stuff for more than 5 minutes.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I honestly don't care enough about this blog or Dallas music to get angry about this stuff for more than 5 minutes."

Liar, liar.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous ha said...


11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this a waste of time?

2:01 PM  
Anonymous i agree said...

you admins need to chill out. Rise above for realz.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a waste of spirit.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and most karaoke singers don't compose the fucking music they're singing to.


4:42 PM  
Anonymous really? said...

does any karoke singer compose the music they're singing to?

i'd like to meet one.

3:21 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Yes. Me.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

You can find me on MySpace.

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