The last time I truly listened to Bright Eyes I was in high school, so when the opportunity to see them arose I didn’t really know what to expect from their show. I was completely out of tune (pun intended) with anything they had done since I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, and I wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to reconnect with them after so much time. Would their poingant lyrics and cheerful yet somber melodies be enough to win me back? Yes. Read the rest after the jump.
When thinking about going to see a three-piece band out of Sweden you might not expect the show to have much energy, or the band to have much of a presence on stage. But I would have to tell you you were wrong. Peter Bjorn and John graced Dallas at Granada Theater on Thursday and it was a fun, frolicsome, and all-around fantastic show. There was jumping, dancing, clapping, fist-pumping, crowd-surfing -walking, and plenty of sweating. Read the rest of the review after the jump.
You’re looking into the beautiful yet unforgiving landscape of the Alaskan wilderness: daunting mountains, frozen rivers, miles of undisturbed alabaster snow. The protagonist (lead singer and guitarist, John Gourley) is preparing for a journey with nothing but a rifle, a sled and his dogs. He sets off, and stops for nothing but to eat and make camp for the night. He wakes up to find one of his dogs has been killed, and the rest are missing. Wielding his gun he goes out in search of them. After what seems like hours of looking he hears barking in the distance. With his spirits heightened he uses all of his exhausted energy to run toward the sound. Frantically fighting through thick snow and fatigue he has a hard time staying on his feet, but the barking is getting louder. Just as he is about to reach them he trips and shoots himself in the face. The dogs discover his body and eat his brain. Read the review of the show after the jump.
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).
The last time I saw Gogol Bordello was at ACL in 2008. I remember the enormous energy they exuded to ignite such a massive crowd, and at the time I couldn’t really imagine what the experience would be like if all that energy and force was contained indoors. Well now I know. On Monday night at House of Blues in Dallas Gogol Bordello graced the stage once again and the evening was everything I had expected. Read on for the rest of the review.
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.
This St. Patrick’s Day not only brought about green beer and a false sense of Irish patriotism, but a triple bill of Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick at Club Dada. The moon was high and bright, the weather was perfect, and the “backyard party” feel of the venue provided a perfect setting for an intimate evening with three very talented bands. As someone who had never been to their live show, and didn’t really know what to expect, I can truthfully say I was not disappointed. Read on to hear about all three bands.
If any of you readers have been following BOT for some time, which I know there are plenty of you out there, you’ll know my love for jambands is the underlying basis for my musical existence. One of my favorites, past and present, are Athens, GA southern rockers Widespread Panic. I’ve seen them more times than I can count, and they consistently bring the heat every single time. I didn’t get to attend their one and only SXSW performance at the new ACL Live At Moody Theater venue due to it being badges and wristbands only, but thankfully only a few weeks after that show, they released a huge list of summer dates which include stops at The Woodlands’ (Houston) Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion and two dates in Austin at the same venue they played during SXSW. Read more for WSP’s complete spring/summer itinerary.
This marks a fantastic weekend in music for the Dallas area. Denton, or as it calls itself, “the other, smaller, music town in Texas,” is putting on their own festival for bands that are on their way to Austin for SXSW. 35 Conferette, informally known as NX35, starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday. They have quite an impressive line-up, which you can find here: http://www.35conferette.com/schedule. After the jump you’ll see the Sausage recommended bands to catch, and find out about another big event going on this weekend in Dallas.
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