This weekend, downtown Dallas will be transformed to celebrate all things local with the HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival. Not only will there be booths featuring local artist and businesses, but there will also be two stages with some of the best music from the area. Some of the bands playing include Seryn, Slobberbone, Astronautalis, Ishi, and Neon Indian. It’s a great lineup, and only $15! I’ll definitely be there, and highly recommend others to join in as well. Dallas doesn’t do festivals often, but this one has a lot of promise. See the full line-up and schedule after the jump.
This weekend, The Arcade Fire will invade Dallas. Next week, they will invade Win and Will Butler’s former hometown, The Woodlands, suburb of Houston and a huge inspiration for their latest album, The Suburbs. Everyone here at Breakfast on Tour is extremely excited, as they put on one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. The first time I saw them was at Mary Jane’s Fat Cat in Houston in 2005 shortly after their Funeral release. Seeing them play in that tiny venue with a only a hundred or so others was overwhelming and completely incredible. Since then, I have easily been able to say they are my favorite band.
In honor of this event, I have collected 10 of my favorite videos of theirs. See one here, and check out more after the jump (in no particular order).
Record Store Day is quickly approaching! The first Record Store Day took place in 2007, and has thankfully continued on and grown ever since. It was created to support the various independent record stores across the nation. Musical artists got behind it, and release special issue vinyls specifically for this day, and many record stores have turned it into a full blown event. I’ve been every year since it started, and am fully looking forward to the albums and festivities that surround this one. Continue reading for Record Store Day events that are happening across Texas, and what special edition vinyls will be released on April 16th, this year’s Record Store Day.
One of the bands that captured my attention and my heart last year was The Morning Benders. Their simple melodies and harmonies hooked me in, and their song “Excuses” was one of my favorite songs released last year. If you haven’t heard it, you need to stop what you’re doing and listen to this now.
They were scheduled to play their first appearance in Tokyo when the tsunami hit Japan. The lead singer, Chris, was actually born in Japan and spent the first few years of his life there, so has a deep love for the country. In response to the tragedy, they have released a special EP where all the proceeds will go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
Good music and you get to help Japan out. Sounds like a win/win to me. Visit here to see the track list and download the album.
I always start my day with a song in my head, and this morning I’ve already had about 3 different songs on repeat. Back in my elementary school days, The New Kids On The Block were the greatest thing around. I remember opening my gifts at my 3rd grade birthday party, and receiving countless NKOTB paraphernalia – giant buttons, t-shirts, pajamas, etc. One of their greatest ballads, but also probably forgotten as of late, is their song “Please Don’t Go Girl.” This is the song that popped in my head this morning and stuck. I decided to look it up on YouTube, and am reliving my childhood with this amazing video. Watch as all 5 guys croon over one girl that won’t even look in their direction. Creep factor: Joey is singing his 12 year old guts out to a much older woman. Awesome factor: Those sweaters and those dance moves!
Hope this helps start your Monday off on the right foot. Now, back to prepping for SXSW!
Our primary goals are to spread the word about artists that we love and to encourage more people to experience the joys of live music events. We also want to promote musical exploration - don't just listen to what the blogosphere tells you to listen to, get out there and discover new artists yourself! There's a wealth of talent out there waiting for you to lend them an ear.