Better Know an Artist (Vol 30): Jake Dexter

Jake Dexter is a local indie hip-hop artist with a tinge of pop and soul to it, kinda like the old school sound with poppy beats and a spoken word vocal. His newest album, Echoes, dropped last year, and his track “Who I Am” featuring Daniel Gonzales took off a bit on SoundCloud with over 100,000 plays. Jake sat down and played our little game for us, so this is how that went…..

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

JD: I started playing music when I was in Junior High. My dad used to run night clubs in the area and I would see the bands perform at his clubs and just fell in love with music.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

JD: My music is like if pop music, soul music, hip hop music and funk music all had a baby. That would be my music. LOL

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

JD: Writing wise, I am heavily influenced by artists such as Bob Schneider, Matt Wertz and the Reign of Kindo, and Jason Mraz because that’s what I grow up listening to. But compassion wise, my biggest influence is Jon McLaughlin. I do a lot of piano work live and his compositions are what inspired me to push mine to their limits.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

JD: The songs off my new album, Echoes, mean the most to me, mostly because every single song is about something or someone who has been in and or out of my life.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

JD: If I could open up for any artist in the world, it would probably be Steve Miller or Stevie Wonder. Both of them are unbelievable artists and composers and have been consistently pushing music their whole life.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

JD: Two of my newest favorite artists are Sleeperstar and Michael Toucher.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

JD: Waiting for My Rocket to Come by Jason Mraz. Always gets me through the hard times.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

JD: It’d say one of my favorite things about the DFW music scene, as an artist, is that most venues have their own sound system. Providing your own sound stinks. I am also a fan that so many people are open to the music scene, and will go to concerts randomly, just from invites. The worst thing is the parking. LOL.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

JD: Recently my favorite venues to play at are Trees, and Wit’s End. Wit’s End especially. It’s got great sound, like Trees and some of those other venues, but at the same time, has that close knit home-y feel to it. Very comfortable. As for going to see shows, it would be the same.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

JD: There are so many great acts in the DFW, it’s hard to just pick a few. But I would say Mitchell Ferguson, Trent Rush, Carter Davis, and Quentin Moore are a couple of great ones to look out for.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

JD: Hmmm, one thing most people don’t know is that I’ve spent the last 5 years touring as a keyboardist for differet nationally and internationally touring country bands. My music is very hip-hop/Jazz/soul based, and I do spoken word vocals, basically the exact opposite of country music. lol. So, I’m sure some would be surprised if they knew.

Thanks to Jake Dexter for shooting us a submission. You Deep Ellum cats can catch Jake and his band at the Prophet Bar this Thursday (5/26) opening for the Louisiana Purchase, and keep an eye on JakeDexter.com for more shows.

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Top Records for January 2016

New year, new me, and all that jazz. Look, I managed to compile a top 20 list again this month. A few days, late, but whatever, back up off me. No further delay, here are my top records (with scores) for January 2016.

1 Savages “Adore Life” 8.6
2 David Bowie “Blackstar” 8.5
3 Milk Teeth “Vile Child” 8.4
4 Shearwater “Jet Plane and Oxbox” 8.3
5 Emily Wells “Promise” 8.3
6 Anderson .Paak “Malibu” 8.3
7 Jacob Metcalf “Fjord” 8.2
8 Tindersticks “the Waiting Room” 8.2
9 Eleanor Friedberger “New View” 8.2
10 Cactus Blossoms “You’re Dreaming” 8.1
11 Tedeschi Trucks Band “Let Me Get By” 8.0
12 Adrian Younge “Something About April II” 7.9
13 Saul Williams “MartyrLoserKing” 7.9
14 Night Beats “Who Sold My Generation” 7.8
15 Sea Pinks “Soft Days” 7.8
16 War Party “To Love and Fear It” 7.8
17 Half Japanese “Perfect” 7.7
18 Ron Pope and the Nighthawks “Ron Pope and the Nighthawks” 7.7
19 MONEY “Suicide Songs” 7.7
20 De Rosa “Weem” 7.7

 

Top Shows Coming to Town for 12/11/15-12/17/15

So I think I’m mostly caught up again. Like I said last week, these end of year weeks are probably going to be a little thin. I think Polyphonic Spree may be the first local “band” to take the top slot (Leon’s been there a couple times).

1 Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas) Sat 12/12/15

I still haven’t made it out to one of these. I bought tickets for this year, but then realized it was the same day we’re taking Asa on the North Pole Express in Grapevine, so I’m missing it again this year. The Spree generally do a holiday set and a traditional set at this show and it always features some family friendly guests. True all ages rock shows make me smile. They also take donations for the North Texas Food Bank and Toys for Tots. I’m gonna make it out one of these years.

2 Fall Out Boy w/ James Bay and George Ezra @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas) Tues 12/15/15

That one band that killed emo for all of us is in town, playing some song that’s catchy af and will be in your head the rest of the week. They’re bringing along a couple of rising stars in James Bay and George Ezra.

3 Wild Child w/ Telegraph Canyon and Criminal Birds @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/11/15

Austin’s Wild Child are a band worthy of their considerable buzz the last few years. Their national tour brings them back through Dallas with local favorites, Telegraph Canyon and Criminal Birds.

4 Lucero @ South Side Music Hall (Dallas) Sun 12/13/15

A Southern Rock band with a bit of a cult following, Lucero makes one of their regular Dallas stops at the South Side Music Hall this week.

5 the Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Allen Event Center (Allen) Fri 12/11/15

The 2nd Holiday Show on the list this week, the former Stray Cats frontman will have you Jumpin’ and Jivin’ to the holiday hits in style.

6 Wade Bowen @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Sat 12/12/15

A little Red Dirt Country in Cowtown, because why not?

7 !!! @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/11/15

The world’s most un-google-able band (even more so than Girls) takes the stage in Deep Ellum. The art-rockers are known for their live shows, so it should be a good one.

8 the Grotto’s 7th Anniversary Birthday Bash @ the Grotto (Fort Worth) Sat 12/12/15

The Grotto celebrates its birthday in style with several local favorites. Prophets of Rage (Rage Against the Machine tribute), the Hanna Barbarians, Mountain Kid, Vodeo and Hightower are all slated to appear and there are supposed to be “a few surprises” as well.

9 Dead Kennedys @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas) Fri 12/11/15

Punk rock royalty, but without Jello Biafra, so they end up this far down.

10 (hed)P.E. & Alien Ant Farm @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Tues 12/15/15

Look, you guys, it’s some “meh” bands from my college days.

Also in town this week:
Fri 12/11/15
Jacob Furr @ Live Oak Lounge
Legacy 4 @ Magnolia
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward @ Sundown at Granada
Kim Walker-Smith @ Verizon Theatre
Dom Kennedy @ South Side Music Hall
Mike Ryan @ Billy Bob’s
the Infamists w/ the Wheel Workers, Tungsten Wake & Mammal Virus @ Lola’s
the Milk Carton Kids @ Majestic Theatre
Reckless Kelly w/ Ruby Jane @ the Kessler
the Raven Charter w/ Distant Lights, Aaron Pose, Betray the Dreamer, Sound of Sirens @ Prophet Bar
A Merry Little Christmas Show w/ Ricki Derek @ Scat Jazz Lounge
the Satans of Soft Rock w/ the Speedlights & Fishboy @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Skinny Cooks @ Harvest House
My Jerusalem @ Double Wide
Obie Trice @ the Grotto

Sat 12/12/15
the Unlikely Candidates @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith, & Jamie Lynn Spears @ Verizon Theatre
Charlie Ramos @ Live Oak Lounge
Daniel Markham Does Neil Young @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Savage and the Big Beat w/ Landrest, Switchblade Razors, & Turtle Rush @ Rubber Gloves
Slimshine Brown w/ Ghosts of November, the Robot Bonfire, & Picnic, Lightning @ Lola’s
Parker McCollum w/ Blue Highway Band @ Magnolia
Ricki Derek @ Granada Theater
A Live One (Phish Tribute) @ Sundown at Granada
Mr Gnome @ Dada Dallas
Hot Club of Cowtown @ Live Oak
the Beat Dolls w/ How’s My Driving, Primo Slam, the Buzzkills & Hate Your Friends @ 1912 Club
DDFW Master of the Mic @ Trees
Raised Right Men w/ Mike Stinson @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates @ Double Wide

Sun 12/13/15
Animal Spirit w/ Roar Shack, Cleanup & Tornup @ the Grotto
Kenny Uptain @Live Oak Lounge
Jay B and the Zydeco Posse @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues
Willow James w/ Wade McGee, Patrick Kinsley & Zachariah Red @ Lola’s
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
School of Rock @ House of Blues
Bradley Hathaway w/ Least of These & the Red Door @ the Door

Mon 12/14/15
Open Mic Night with Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia
Psychomagic w/ Pearl Earl & William Austin Clay @ Rubber Gloves
Bell Witch @ Double Wide

Tues 12/15/15
Torquila Tuesday: Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Lounge
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia
10 String Symphony @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Rack Focus Dallas Film Competition @ Granada Theater
Linear Downfall @ Double Wide

Weds 12/16/15
Bobby Duncan @ Live Oak Lounge
Cavanaugh (Open Mike Eagle + Serengeti) & Doc Illingsworth @ Dada Dallas
Jacob Furr @ Magnolia
Chris Luther & Blake Parish @ Lola’s
Saviours & the Roller @ Three Links
Burn Halo & Black Tide @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Thurs 12/17/15
Greg Schroeder @ Live Oak Lounge
Lannie Flowers Band w/ Carey Wolff @ Live Oak
Boxcar Bandits @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Mike Dillon @ Sundown at Granada
Stewart Mann w/ Statesboro Revue @ Billy Bob’s
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia
Charles Kelley w/ Maren Morris @ House of Blues
Girl in a Coma w/ Lonely Horse @ Dada Dallas

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 11/27/15-12/3/15

I tried to pop this out at the last second on Wednesday, but couldn’t get it finished on time. Hope everyone had a great time with their families for Thanksgiving. I still haven’t had time to update my spreadsheet recently so I’m sure I’m probably missing stuff at this point. Hopefully, I can get my spreadsheet updated again soon after the holidays. Have fun with your Christmas rush, and get out and see some shows.

1 Willie Nelson @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Sat 11/28/15

Ok, it’s gonna be pretty hard to keep Willie out of the top spot when he’s in town. He’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time, one of the most beloved Texans of all time, and possibly the one seed in that age old question “guy you’d most like to have a beer (or a joint) with”. Pure legend.

2 Muse w/ Phantogram @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Weds 12/2/15

Some of you may have jumped ship when these Brits were Stephenie Meyer’s idols and contributed to every Twilight film. Muse is apparently true to their name for Little Miss Twilight. That being said, they’re still some of the most energetic performers you’ll see among this generation’s bands, and they still play those tracks you love from back in the day. Besides, you haven’t lived if you haven’t seen Muse play “Knights of Cydonia” live.

3 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Thurs 12/3/15

Man, I’m really stacking up my nerd points today. I kinda enjoy what Postmodern Jukebox does giving a super old school twist on modern hits. I might have tried to go to this, if I didn’t already have a busy week.

4 Azealia Banks @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 11/28/15

Not sure this Harlem raised rapper has really lived up to the hype. Who knows, maybe she’ll start a new Twitter beef during the show, or maybe Ms. Erykah Badu will come settle their Twitter beef on stage. That could be entertaining.

5 Jingle Ball @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Tues 12/2/15

I guess at some point, I have to reference this s— show that’s probably the hottest ticket in town. One Direction, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, DNCE will have your tween daughters totally losing their s—. Make sure to pack some headphones.

6 Big K.R.I.T. w/ BJ the Chicago Kid @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/27/15

(K)ritically acclaimed Mississippi raper, Big K.R.I.T. makes a stop in the big D.

7 Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat w/ Charley Crockett @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Sat 11/28/15

One of the greatest living guitarists, Jim Suhler (George Thorogood & the Destroyers), takes the stage, following an opening set by one of my favorite cats, Charley Crockett.

8 Jennifer Nettles w/ Brandy Clark & Ryan Kinder @ House of Blues (Dallas) Thurs 12/3/15

Best known as the frontwoman for Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles returns to Dallas with talented Country songwriters, Brandy Clark & Ryan Kinder.

9 the Band of Heathens w/ Wesley Geiger @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/27/15

One of Austin’s most revered rock and roll bands makes the trek up 35 to Granada. Wesley Geiger opens.

10 Dead Flowers w/ Goodnight Ned, Hell Texas & the Van Sanchez @ Three Links (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/28/15

This is a pretty sweet lineup of local favorites. Check it out if you’re in that neck of the woods.

Also in town this week:
Fri 11/27/15
Cole Swindell w/ Adam Sanders @ Billy Bob’s
Blue October @ South Side Ballroom
the Hendersons w/ Matt Tedder and Special Guest Lou Quaid @ the Grotto
Soundclash: Pablo and the Hemphill 7 w/ Darth Vato and Sally Majestic @ Lola’s
Possessed By Paul James w/ Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
Koe Wetzel & the Konvicts w/ Melissa Ratley @ Shipping & Receiving
King Bucks w/ the Honky Tonkers @ Adair’s
Dalton Domino w/ Austin Meade @ Magnolia
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top
Bill Kirchen @ Live Oak
JB & the Moonshine Band w/ Curtis Grimes @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Denton Comedy Collective @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Stage Fright: Bar Band Does the Band @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Monte Montgomery @ the Kessler
the Tonemasters @ Keys Lounge
Bobby Sessions w/ the High Standard Family & Justus @ Trees
the Chris Milyo Band @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Sat 11/28/15
Vodeo w/ Arenda Light @ Shipping & Receiving
Spoonfed Tribe @ Trees
Rock Lottery @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
These Machines are Winning w/ True Widow & Megafauna @ Granada Theater
Mike McClure Band @ Sundown at Granada
ZUMA (Big Mike Does Neil Young) @ Magnolia
Tejas Brothers @ Live Oak
Acacia Strain w/ Counterparts @ Gas Monkey BnG
Sleepin’ Rattlers w/ the Honky Tonkers @ Adair’s
Texas Flood (SRV Tribute) @ Keys Lounge
Larry Braggs @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Sun 11/29/15
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Roof Top
Jeezy w/ Trapboy Freddy @ Gas Monkey Live!
D.R.I. w/ Protest, Exploder, & Chemicaust @ Trees
Standard Transmission @ Lola’s
Parkway Drive @ House of Blues
Carmen’s…Everyone Can Sing With the Band @ Adair’s
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
Black Dog Jazz Jam @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Mon 11/30/15
Gary P Nunn @ Billy Bob’s
Marc Cohn @ the Kessler
10 Years w/ Spoken, Skytown Riot & Serosia @ Trees
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Sugarfoote w/ Brian Lambert @ Adair’s Dallas
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia
the Interruptors w/ Rude King & Revolucion Oi @ Three Links

Tues 12/1/15
Through the Roots w/ Maoli @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Weds 12/2/15
David Bromberg Quintet @ Granada Theater
Tesseract w/ the Contortionist, Erra, & Skyharbor @ Trees
Greg Trooper @ Live Oak
Kenny Uptain @ Lola’s
Darwin Deez w/ Charly Bliss @ Three Links

Thurs 12/3/15
Pale Dian w/ Ill Smiths & Honor System @ Lola’s
Digitour Slaybells Fire @ Granada Theater
Jonny Burke @ Sundown at Granada
Juan Gabriel @ American Airlines Center
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 11/20/15-11/26/15

I didn’t update the calendar this week, so I hope I’m not missing anything major. Got some more venues I need to add next time I do update. Again, if I missed your show, let me know, I’m happy to add it. Anyways, here we go. I had Gwar on the list for a second, but with no more Oderus Urungus, so…..

1 Metric w/ Sarah Jaffe & Hibou @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/20/15

Emily Haines and the Toronto indie darlings are headed your way, after a recent pass through opening for Imagine Dragons.

2 GZA @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/20/15

Gary Grice, AKA GZA, AKA the Genius, AKA the mastermind behind the Wu Tang Clan.

3 Bone, Thugs n Harmony @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/21/15

And while we’re on the subject of throwback hip hop groups….

4 JD McPherson w/ Parker Millsap @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/20/15

JD McPherson is an old soul from Oklahoma. His latest album, Let the Good Times Roll, takes cues from Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and dozens of other old school touchstones of rock n’ roll.

5 Rhett Miller @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas) Sat 11/21/15

I believe this is the Old 97’s frontman’s annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

6 Mark Kozelek @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/21/15

Sun Kil Moon vocalist and guy that Run the Jewels hate, Mark Kozelek, everyone.

7 Blue Healer w/ Jacob Furr @ Sundown at Granada (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/20/15

Blue Healer is a pretty great emerging band out of Austin (members formerly of Sons of Fathers). They were just in Fort Worth supporting Heartless Bastards, but now they’re back for a headlining show on the roof with local favorite, Jacob Furr.

8 the Stone Foxes w/ Vodeo @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth) Sun 11/22/15

The Stone Foxes are a pretty rockin’ bluesy band out of San Francisco. Locals Vodeo (formerly Shake the Moon), who you may be knowing better soon (wink), lend support.

9 James Bay @ House of Blues (Dallas) Mon 11/23/15

the 25 year old British singer swept to popularity with his single “Hold Back the River”, although I thought his commercially successful record, released in March, was kind of disappointing.

10 the Orange w/ Jetta in the Ghost Tree and Moon Waves  @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Weds 11/25/15

Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s (Fort Worth) Weds 11/25/15

I’m going with a tie between these 2 great local shows on Wednesday. I guess you should just catch the one near you.

Also in town this week:

Fri 11/20
Gwar w/ Born of Osiris @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Possessed By Paul James @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Vincent Neil Emerson & the Old Souls w/ Josh Newcom @ Adair’s (Deep Ellum)
Rise & Shine (CD Release) w/ Color TV & Natural Anthem @ Three Links (Deep Ellum)
Turbid North w/ Cosmic Trigger, Mountain of Smoke, Brazos River Outlaws & Caddis @ Lola’s (Fort Worth)
David Cook w/ Andrew Ripp @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff)
Shinyribs w/ Grady Spencer @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Moving Units w/ Hope Riot @ the Foundry (Dallas)
Disciple w/ KJ-52, Loftland & the Protest @ the Door (Deep Ellum)
Mayday Parade w/ Real Friends, the Wild Life, & As It Is @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Bart Crow w/ Waterloo Revival @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
JT Habersaat w/ Lisa Friedrich & Mike Weibe @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Gary Myrick w/ Hardcore Troubadours @ Live Oak (Fort Worth)
SoMo w/ Kirko Bangz & Jordan Bratton @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas)
Colin Boyd @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
the Front Bottoms @ Gas Monkey Bar n Grill (Dallas)
Tommy Emmauel @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas)
Ready Revolution w/ Jonny Gray, Victories, Lovesick Mary & Passing a Starfighter @ the Prophet Bar (Deep Ellum)
E.C. Was Here (Eric Clapton Tribute Night) @ Keys Lounge (Fort Worth)
Q and the Crew @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)

Sat 11/21
Vincent Neil Emerson & the Old Souls @ the Flying Saucer (Fort Worth)
Attack of the Funk Fest ft Mountain of Smoke, Spacebeach, FOGG, New Science Projects, Dome Dwellers, Moon Waves, Andy Pickett, Panic Volcanic, Vicious Firs, slumberbuzz, Hate Your Friends, the Flourescents, the Fibs, Lady Kira, Squanto, Nathan Brown & Tornup @ 1912 Club (Fort Worth)
STS9 w/ AutoErotique @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Last Comic Standing Finalists @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie)
Swan Song (Led Zeppelin Tribute) w/ Crowe Showe & David George & the Roaming Soldiers @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville)
Wayne “the Train” Hancock @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Jane Siberry @ the Kessler
Peter Bradley Adams @ Live Oak Music Hall (Fort Worth)
Savoy w/ A.DD+, Nite & Blue, the Misfit @ Trees (Deep Ellum)
the Holophonics w/ Rude King, Bumpin Uglies, BE LIKE MAX & Pasadena @ Three Links (Deep Ellum)
Ricki Derek & the Vegas Six @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
Kip Moore w/ Michael Ray & Chris Cavanaugh @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
Peter Case @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
An Evening of Laughter with Leslie Jordan, Vince Martinez & Sister Helen Holy @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas)
Stereo Control @ the Foundry (Dallas)
Amaranthe w/ Butcher Babies @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Attic Ted w/ Gay Cum Daddies, Lauryn Belmore and Darcy Neal & Psychic Killers @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
the Bodarks w/ Larry Hooper @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
4 Way Street (CSNY Tribute) @ Keys Lounge (Fort Worth)

Sun 11/22
the Ataris w/ Red Like Heat & Birds of Night @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ Live Oak (Fort Worth)
A Loss For Words w/ Seasons Change @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum)
Victor Manuelle @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Phil Vassar w/ Madison King @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff)
Carmen’s…Everyone Can Sing with the Band w/ Stefan Prigmore @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Black Dog Jazz Jam @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
Kim Nall w/ Western Skies @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)

Mon 11/23
the World is a Beautiful Place… w/ Foxing @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s (Fort Worth)
Jeff Satterly & Darrin Kobetich @ the Grotto (Fort Worth)
Edhoculi w/ Ex-Breathers & Gnarwhal @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Paul Slavens and Friends @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
the Dirty Irv w/ Lights Out @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth

Tues 11/24
Highly Suspect @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum)
the Texas Gentlemen @ Lola’s Saloon (Fort Worth)
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
Blind Guardian w/ Grave Digger @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Tatsuya Nakatani + Michael Doneda w/ Lily Taylor, Sarah Ruth, Beth Dodds, Sam Friedland & Reece McLean @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
E.C. Jacob and the Green Hour Residency @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Ronda Ray w/ the Spud & Mo Show @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Like a Storm w/ From Ashes to New Stitched Up Heart @ Trees (Deep Ellum)
Straight Ahead @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
CoLab Friday’s Foolery @ Three Links (Dallas)

Weds 11/25
Snarky Puppy w/ RC and the Gritz & Shaun Martin @ the Prophet Bar (Deep Ellum)
the Vanity @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Devin the Dude w/ Potluck @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Rock and Roll Over (KISS Tribute) w/ Infestation @ House of Blues (Dallas)
the Good Life @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum)
Mac Miller w/ Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas & Njomza @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum)
Kevin Fowler @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
the Dick Beldings @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Pavel Chekov w/ the Noids @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Uver @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)

Thurs 11/26
 Luke Wade @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Are You Sick of Your Family Yet? @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Frenchie’s Blues Destroyer @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Records for June 2015

So between being busier at work than we have been earlier in the year and just not being able to get into a lot of albums this month, I haven’t gotten to do any review posts, and I definitely didn’t score 20 records to make the usual monthly list. That being said, this month’s top record for June is from the hometown kid, Leon Bridges. I’ll give what scores I’ve got below, and I’m going to try and pump out a mid-year list here soon.

1 Leon Bridges “Coming Home” 8.5
2 Jamie XX “In Colour” 8.5

3 Wolf Alice “My Love is Cool” 8.4
4 Bully “Feels Like” 8.3
5 Active Child “Mercy” 8.3
6 Girlpool “Before the World Was Big” 8.1
7 Kacey Musgraves “Pageant Material” 7.9

How I Would Plan It: Glastonbury Festivals 2015

Ahhh, the big one. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure Glastonbury is the largest Music Festival in the world. It doesn’t have an easy to view schedule on the web, so I was like, eh, I’ll print it out so I can see it as a whole a little easier. Uh, wrong, it’s 44 pages long. You need a program for this thing. Have no fear though. With this schedule, and some really good jogging shoes, you’ll catch a little of everything. I’m not go into details on artists here. It’s mostly split sets, so there’s so many acts here. I guess I’ll go ahead and highlight the ones I wouldn’t want to miss. Sorry, I didn’t get one up for Firefly last week. I had it typed up and ready to go, just never got around to putting it into a post. Anyways, lace up, you’re gonna be busy.

Glastonbury Festivals 2015
Friday, Jun 26
11:00-11:30 Rhodes (Park Stage)
11:30-12:00 Cambodian Space Project (West Holts)
12:00-12:30 Chronixx (Pyramid Stage)
12:30-1:00 the Cribs (Other Stage)
1:00-2:00 James Bay (Pyramid Stage)
2:00-2:40 Leon Bridges (John Peel Stage)
2:40-3:30 Alabama Shakes (Pyramid Stage)
3:30-4:00 Catfish and the Bottlemen (Other Stage)
4:00-4:30 Chet Faker (John Peel Stage)
4:30-5:00 Mary J Blige (Pyramid Stage)
5:00-5:30 Wolf Alice (the Park Stage)
5:30-6:00 JD McPherson (Acoustic Stage)
6:00-6:30 Motorhead (Pyramid Stage)
6:30-7:00 Benjamin Booker (the Park Stage)
7:00-7:45 Run the Jewels (West Holts)
7:45-8:25 Florence and the Machine (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 Django Django (William’s Green)
9:00-9:30 Mark Ronson (Other Stage)
9:30-10:15 Jamie XX (the Park Stage)
10:15-11:45 Foo Fighters (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Super Furry Animals (the Park Stage)

Saturday, Jun 27
11:00-11:45 Flo Morrissey (the Park Stage)
11:45-12:10 Nadine Shah (William’s Green)
12:10-1:00 Courtney Barnett (Pyramid Stage)
1:00-1:30 Ibeyi (the Park Stage)
1:30-2:15 Izzy Bizu (La Pussy Parlure)
2:45-3:15 Young Fathers (Other Stage)
3:15-4:00 George Ezra (Pyramid Stage)
4:05-4:35 Ella Eyre (Other Stage)
4:35-5:00 Tuff Love (BBC Introducing)
5:00-5:45 Years and Years (John Peel Stage)
5:45-6:05 Clean Bandit (Other Stage)
6:05-6:30 Will Joseph Cook (BBC Introducing)
6:30-7:30 Father John Misty (the Park Stage)
7:35-8:05 Death From Above 1979 (John Peel Stage)
8:05-8:40 Mavis Staples (the Park Stage)
8:40-9:15 Pharrell Williams (Pyramid Stage)
9:15-9:45 Ben Howard (Other Stage)
9:45-10:45 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (West Holts)
10:45-11:45 Kanye West (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Jon Hopkins (the Park Stage)
12:15-2:30 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Pilton Palais Cinema)
1:30-3:00 Fatboy Slim (the Blues)
3:00-4:30 Four Tet (Genosys)

Sunday, Jun 28
11:00-11:40 Rival Sons (Other Stage)

12:00-12:40 Soak (Other Stage)
12:40-1:10 Mini Mansions (John Peel Stage)
1:10-1:45 Hozier (Pyramid Stage)
1:45-2:15 Saint Raymond (John Peel Stage)
2:15-3:15 Patti Smith (Pyramid Stage)
3:45-4:20 Alvvays (John Peel Stage)
4:20-5:15 Lionel Richie (Pyramid Stage)
5:15-5:45 Future Islands (Other Stage)
5:45-6:45 Alt-J (Pyramid Stage)

6:45-7:30 Belle & Sebastian (Other Stage)
7:30-8:00 Lianne La Havas (John Peel Stage)
8:00-8:30 Paul Weller (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 FKA Twigs (West Holt)
9:00-9:45 Buzzcocks (Left Field)
9:45-11:15 the Who (Pyramid Stage)
11:15-11:45 Ryan Adams (the Park Stage)
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.