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Review: Band of Horses/Midlake @ Verizon Center

11 Apr

We have another great review from Tommy Garcia today. And, again, sit tight because we have a big project in the works that will not disappoint you.

By Tommy Garcia

Band of Horses and Midlake played to a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center in Grand Prairie Thursday night. Both bands expanded their signature sounds to project to a massive venue that surely would have dwarfed lesser acts.

The show opened with North Carolina based singer songwriter Tyler Ramsey. Ramsey shuffled between several open-tuned acoustic guitars throughout his concise six-song set. Carrying the banner for this generation’s obsession with and emulation of Neil Young, Ramsey gently finger picked through melancholy, laconic tunes, often times recalling a stripped down version of Fleet Foxes. Ramsey’s smooth vocals and reflective folk musings provided a nice back drop as the audience slowly streamed in.

Denton’s own Midlake peeked their heads out from Panhandle House Studios, where the band is hard at work crafting their next album, to support their friends Band of Horses. The band opened their set with “Winter Dies”, from last year’s polarizing release The Courage of Others. The band stuck to songs from Courage and their break-out album, 2006’s The Trials of Van Occupanther. As the band kicked in to the driving “Roscoe”, lead singer Tim Smith joked, “This is the song that made us rich and famous.” Continue reading

Sunday Morning Coming Down: Review–Black Angels at South by San Jose (Unofficial SXSW)

27 Mar

By Tommy Garcia

Tommy Garcia, the drummer for Fishboy and an all-around bad-ass with impeccable taste in music and a knack for finding the best free shows that SXSW has to offer, wrote a review of the Black Angels’ set at South By San Jose. It’s a surefire distraction from that nasty hangover!

Waves of reverb-drenched sound emanated from the stage as the Black Angels played a free show to a captivated audience on March 19th at the annual South by San Jose bash, an unofficial SXSW event.

The band kicked off their set with “Bad Vibrations”, the opener from their latest record, Phosphene Dream (Light in the Attic), which was released late last year. Lead guitarist Christian Bland used his dynamic tremolo drone to lead the band into a psychedelic abyss. In true ironic form, “Bad Vibrations” was preceded by the last song of the Angels’ pre-show music–the Beach Boys’ landmark psychedelic opus, “Good Vibrations.”

The set was a mix of songs from the band’s three full-length releases, with more focus on the material from their newest record. A particular highlight of the set was a take on the band’s “Sniper at the Gates of Heaven”, in which the band locked in tight around a dark and heavily distorted groove.

Lead singer Alex Mass picked up a Hofner bass guitar and put down his signature maracas and tambourine for several songs, adding a heavy bottom end to the Angels’ already propulsive rhythm section. Drummer Stephanie Bailey pounded hypnotically on her floor tom and ride cymbal while spacey guitar and swirling bits of organ were added to the mix to bolster the garage rock swagger.

Melding a high potency mix of the Velvet Underground , Jesus and Mary Chain and Austin’s own legendary psychedelic pioneers, the 13th Floor Elevators, and with a flair for the sounds of more modern psychedelic groups such as The Warlocks, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Spiritualized, the Black Angels have consistently raised the bar with each successive release and tour.

The Black Angels’ set at this year’s SXSW performance showed the band exerting an assured confidence and passionate take on their dark, uniquely psychedelic sound.

Track of the Weekend: Roy Robertson–Collecting Dust

25 Mar

Hey, loyal readers! It’s been a skimpy few weeks here at DayBowBow. 35 Conferette took center stage, then I found a 9ish to 5ish job that started two weeks earlier than planned. So I haven’t been able to nurture this child that Jaime and I have been raising lately (by that I mean this blog, of course … cos we’re just friends and therefore don’t have an actual baby together). I feel bad for neglecting this site and along with it you guys, but as you may have gathered we have some big plans in the works for it.

Yesterday, while at said job, I was checking my email (for work-related reasons, mind you) when I found a kind message and a lovely song from one of my local favorites, Roy Robertson. (Side note: How many commas does one sentence need? We need an extra copy editor. Wow.)

Apparently the song didn’t fit with the others on an EP he’s been working on, but he still wanted it to be heard. Well, so do I, Roy. I didn’t have time to post it yesterday, but today I can showcase it.

On “Collecting Dust”, Roy goes full-on psychedelic and lo-fi. A lesser music fan would be tempted to compare him to Animal Collective or Ariel Pink … perhaps even one of the seemingly thousands of indie musicians who have chosen to mimic them the past couple of years.

But Roy Robertson is an original. The sound he creates, while clearly revealing its influences, is wholly organic. It comes from within him. He stirs together those influences with his own unique vision and creates something fresh.

Hell … just listen to/download it yourself. I don’t fancy myself a tastemaker, just a lover of music trying to share beauty with anyone who’s willing to listen to or read my opinions. Continue reading

Giveaway: Destroyer at The Loft

22 Mar

Destroyer began in 1995 as a solo project for Dan Bejar, the Vancouver singer-songwriter also known as a member of The New Pornographers. Since then, the project has expanded to include other various members and has released 13 studio recordings, nine of them full-length.

The most recent Destroyer offering, is a quirky (a style Bejar is a master of) take on 80s pop-rock. It’s a continuation of Bejar’s experimentation with different sounds and genres. No matter what the genre, however, the music is always distinct because of Bejar’s voice.

On Saturday, Destroyer will be bringing its special brand of music to The Loft. And we have two pairs of tickets for the show. To win, send an email with “Destroyer” in the subject line and your name in the body (seriously … we only want your name) to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

Destroyer plays The Loft on Saturday, March 26 with openers War on Drugs and Nervous Curtains. The show starts at 8:30 and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.

We need a break …

15 Mar

You might have noticed a lessening of content on our site lately. And yesterday we didn’t post anything.

We’re worn out from 35 Conferette (since we were both fans and core members of the volunteer group that ran it), so we’re on hiatus until we can recharge.

Hugs and kisses!

Track of 35 Conferette Weekend: Mavis Staples–

11 Mar

I meant to post this yesterday, but I was insanely tired the night before. I am more tired as I write this note, but I also got to see Mavis Staples perform this song live and it was AMAZING. So this serves as a tribute rather than a show preview.

I know we posted a Staple Singers cover by Flowers of God earlier in the week, but I am just so excited about her appearance at 35 Conferette tonight that I had to post another Staple Singers track. This one is Mavis doing a live performance of “I’ll Take You There” from Jools Holland’s 2005 Hootenany.

By the way, you can check out the interview I did with Mavis Staples on the 35 Conferette blog. She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever interviewed. Oh, and Jaime gets to be her chauffeur (among doing a million other things). How lucky are we to be a part of this thing?

Anyway, enough gushing. Time to get to work. I hope to see a lot of you out there. Seriously, if you can afford even a one-day pass, I know this experience is going to be incredible. That’s why I decided to be a part of it.

We may post the stray post here and there this weekend, but we’ll probably be on hiatus. See you next week. Hugs and kisses!

(Bonus) Track of the Day: RTB2–Goon

9 Mar

What a handsome Denton duo.

I had the pleasure of listening to this new RTB2 song last week because of my involvement with 35 Conferette (said involvement being the reason Jaime and I haven’t exactly been churning out content here).

Though I didn’t get a chance to hear much of it, I can only assume Indie-Verse played this on their 35-Conferette-packed weekend because it is AWESOME. And the new album Ryan Thomas Becker and Grady Don Sandlin recorded last week with Stuart Sikes, the album that this very gem came from, is sure to be just as AWESOME.

Check it out for yourself:

RTB2–Goon

I’m currently in the middle of 35-related (name dropping much?) work, so the only other thing I’m going to add is that I look forward to hearing this song live when they open for Dr. Dog, White Arrows and Telegraph Canyon on Friday. The action starts at 4 p.m.