Holy Shit! People still go to shows in Dallas?!? These were my first thoughts as I arrived at the Yeasayer gig at the Granada. I knew the show had sold out, but I suppose it did not hit me until I saw a line snaking around the building for will call. A packed house seemed appropriate for Yeasayer, a band who seem to have all the ingredients for taking off in a major way. Their first release, All Hour Cymbals, garnered comparisons to other mystic-dancepop darlings Animal Collective and TV on the Radio, while their latest, Odd Blood, is lighter on the critical praise and heavier on the shake-your-ass.
It was hard to know what specifically to expect from this show considering the many stylistic differences from the Yeas’ first to second discs. Would they continue to forsake the more organic, tribal dance sound of All Hour Cymbals? Would this Brooklyn three-piece prove to be Dave Gahan’s progeny?
BoT didn’t commission this review. I texted Hash Browns halfway through the best concert I’ve seen since Paul McCartney last summer and told her I was gonna write a few words regardless, and BoT could post them if they wanted to. It is true, the last thing the web needs is more sludge on celebrities clogging our collective bandwidth, but I thought fuck it, I’ll join the fray because I actually care about this shit.
No two words are more divisive when it comes to popular music than John Mayer. And it isn’t just a single line in the sand; there is an entire spectrum of fan/foe that one could fall into. There are the tween to teen, glossy-eyed girls whose untainted imagination affords them the luxury of believing all those sappy pop songs. There are the wanton consumers of Top 40 radio who are doused with at least two Mayer jams per record release and who will listen complacently to just about anything you feed to them. There are the musician types (I run into this clan quite a bit) who love to riff about whose playing in his band or what gear he uses and whatever else they read in internet forums and vomit up conversation. There is the other sect of musicians who love to hate him (I would contend) simply because he’s so successful and inarguably talented. Regardless, these are some of the more common things that come up when John Mayer is mentioned. The italicized font is my internal response.
Thanks to the ever-generous folks at the Granada, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see a night of Texas country at Dallas’ best venue: Band of Heathens and Bruce Robison this Saturday, February 27th. Austin’s Band of Heathens play roots-rock well enough that Ray Wylie Hubbard signed on and produced their first album. Bruce Robison is perhaps the lesser-known of the Robison brothers, unless you happen to follow songwriters – in which case he’s on his way to becoming a legend.
Check out videos from both artists, and enter the ticket contest (winner selected randomly on 02/27/10) by commenting with YOUR NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION in the body of the MESSAGE, EITHER AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER! If you don’t give us a way to contact you, YOU CANNOT WIN.
Thanks to the amazing folks at the Granada, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see two amazing one-man bands: Keller Williams and That 1 Guy this Friday, February 5th at Dallas’ best music venue. Keller Williams hasn’t graced us Texans with a show for a long while, and, if you’ve never seen him, his guitar mastery is a sight to behold. The night is sure to be filled with his clever originals, some interesting covers, and a whole lot of danceable loops. That 1 Guy plays the Magic Pipe – an amagalmation of plumbing pipes, bass strings, and electronics that he constructed himself. He also employs digital looping, a Magic Boot, and a Magic Saw. It’s gonna be a weird, fun night. Check out videos from both artists below, and enter the ticket contest (winner selected randomly on 02/05/10) by commenting with YOUR NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION, EITHER AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER! If you don’t give us a way to contact you, YOU CANNOT WIN.
That 1 Guy – The Moon is Disgusting
Thanks as always to the Granada!!! Stay tuned for future giveaways and see you on Friday!
These So-Cal pop rockers emerged when I was in high school. I remember seeing their video for Blue Side, the only single off their first record, in rotation on MTV (they did play music videos once upon a time, but now that I think about, it may have been VH1…). Since that time, the music industry has had their “Oh Shit!” moment, kind of their equivalent to the real estate crash of ’08, after everyone figured out what file sharing was. Record labels have traded in their recoupable dinners for sack lunches and shed employees like prom dresses. A lot of bands on the brink have lost everything they worked for as their A&R guys have gotten the axe. I don’t know if Rooney some how got lost in this fray of music industry meltdown in the last few years, because to be honest, I had no clue these guys were still together till BOT asked me to cover the show. Being a sucker for pop, I was pretty stoked to hear them.
Thanks to the always generous folks at the Granada, we are delighted to be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see one of Dallas’ best live acts: the inimitable Reverend Horton Heat at the Granada Theater this Saturday, January 23. For over 20 years, the right Reverend has been spreading the gospel of psychobilly with humorous lyrics, ripping guitar, and an intense live show that shouldn’t be missed. His most recent record is an immensely pleasurable throwback to an earlier era of Texas country, and, when sprinkled on top of the band’s classics during a Saturday night hometown show, should make for a helluva fun night.
Check out a few live videos of the Rev in action, and enter the ticket contest (winners selected randomly on Friday) by leaving a comment with YOUR NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION (EITHER AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER) in the comment. If you don’t give us a way to contact you, YOU CANNOT WIN. And if you don’t want to risk getting shut out, head over to the Granada website to pick up some tickets.
Lucky for those that dwell in Dallas, the Granada pulls in some pretty damn good artists. I walked in a little late and little buzzed like I’ve done so many times; this time to see what The Mountain Goats were all about. Get the whole story with a little extra Nintendo on the side after the jump.
It takes a whole lot for me to drive all the way up to Dallas just to catch live music (I can only think of one other time I’ve done it, actually, and that was for Radiohead), but when I found out that The Avett Brothers where coming through Texas, but skipping Houston altogether, I had to figure out my best plan to catch them. That was back in September, when The Avett’s were originally supposed to play Granada Theater in Dallas’ Arboretum, close to downtown. Unfortunately, some guy named David Letterman decided he wanted to expose them to a national audience on his television program, but the day he wanted them to guest was the same day as their show in Dallas. I received this news two days before I was about to see them at Outside Lands, so it didn’t really disappoint me at all because it gave me a few months in between shows rather than just two weeks as originally planned. My friends, though, they were not too happy. Bacon, Mrs. Bacon, Hash Browns and a few others in our group were very displeased that it would be another four months before they’d have a chance to see them, but with the extended wait period, it made this show even a bit more special for all – anticipation was busting out of the Granada’s seams in the moments leading up to their performance.
Keeping a New Years resolution is pretty much impossible for me. I am sure many people are in the same boat. I have quit smoking three times. I have gone on four unsuccessful diets. It just does not work for me. This year I have decided to make one that would stick. My New Years resolution is to see as many great live acts as I can in 2008. I have not had any trouble going to great live shows in the past so I thought that this would be the perfect resolution for me (I am quitting smoking for a fourth time on the 7th of January. The reason for quitting on the 7th is to make sure it’s not actually a resolution).
The beginning of this year is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one musically. Bands are starting to book their spring dates, and Houston, Austin and beyond are starting to fill in their calendars. Here’s a list of shows that we here at Breakfast On Tour are really starting to get amped about.
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