Tag Archives: Denton

Track of the Day: Sarah Renfro–Little white house

29 Sep

Sarah Renfro left our fair community for Brookyln in 2006, but there’s still a little Denton in her. That’s made apparent by two of the songs on her latest EP, You should be somewhere outside. One of those songs, “Denton, my love”, is outwardly whimsical (in a novel style similar to collaborator, and fellow Dentonite-turned-Brooklynite, Corn Mo), but below the surface it expresses a longing for a small, warm town she used to love but grew too big for. She expresses the need to move on to bigger things that many Dentonites feel and eventually act on. But the other, “Little white house”, is my pick from the EP.

Sarah Renfro–Little White House

Verdict: Something felt incredibly familiar about this song, and it took reading Renfro’s bio to pinpoint it–it reminds me of music from the show Twin Peaks. The Rhodes and reverb-heavy guitar mingle together like old lovers and, along with Renfro’s sultry voice, create a beautifully haunting effect. And the violin, flugelhorn and brilliantly layered vocals flesh out the song, keeping it dynamic and fresh.

Sarah Renfro returns to Denton tonight to play at Hailey’s, along with Welcome Signs and Eaton Lake Tonics. Doors are at 9. And if you like what you hear, be sure to purchase the rest of You should be somewhere outside.

The Incredible Journey: Scott Sloan talks about “40 Nights of Rock & Roll”

19 May

The future saviors of rock 'n' roll?

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Scott Sloan and Steve Labate are on a mission: Armed with only a camera, their trusty jeep Black Betty and a stash of junk food, they’re on a 40-day tour of the United States to prove that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay.

They’ll be attending a concert every night (that’s 40 shows in 40 different cities) and filming those concerts, along with interviews with different musicians they meet along the way, for their documentary, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll–A Fearless Journey Through The Dark Heart Of Rock & Roll Music On The Road In The United States Of America.

Sloan and Labate have been friends since teenhood and rock fanatics since childhood (in fact, Sloan traced his love for music to an interesting source). Sloan is a filmmaker and former phone company salesman and Labate is an accomplished music journalist and former editor for Paste magazine. They’ve both attended their fair share of shows and festivals over the years, but never in such a high concentration.

The zealous duo of rock avengers will be in the area next week, making stops in Dallas on May 24 for Of Montreal’s show at The Granada and in Denton on May 26 for … whatever they find.

I jumped at the opportunity to find out more about their ambitious project, and Sloan was gracious enough to answer my questions, despite the fatigue and delirium caused by 15 days on the road.

DBB: What inspired you to embark on this journey, and why did you decide on 40 nights specifically?

SS: We were inspired by the Josh Hartnett film 40 days and 40 Nights.

DBB: How did you go about planning the project, including the cities you selected, bands you wanted to see, funding, etc?

SS: We took a bunch of bands that we liked tour schedules and dumped them into some databases. I correlated those results with a map of the US marked by homes of friends and family, then overlayed that map with the migration patterns of the wooly mammoths. This is the result.

DBB: How is it different from past projects (other films, features on music, festival coverage, etc.) that you’ve worked on?

SS: This is different because it never ends. No breaks … Seriously … None.

DBB: What do you expect/hope to find in some of the other cities where you have no specific bands set up to watch?

SS: We’re looking for the spirit of rock. I hope to hap across some little club with some distortion, screaming vocals, thundering bass, and machine gun drums pouring out, go in, and get my face rocked off. Or see a nice little pop trio hitting all the stops and making people smile.

DBB: How do you plan to survive the journey, and how are you and Black Betty holding up so far?

SS: We have a nutritionist travelling with us who determines the optimal carb/protein ratios for us using only processed meats and corn and potato chips.

Black Betty is holding up well. She is looking to become this generation’s Hidalgo, and is coming along quite nicely.

DBB: What are some of your best experiences thus far?

SS: Every show has been amazing in one way or another. Of course there are personal favorites … But to single out any band or artist would be a disservice to the film and the shows we’ve seen. Let’s just say that 15 days in, it appears that rock is alive and well and flourishing.

DBB: What are some of your worst experiences thus far?

SS: Being with Steve 24 hours a day. You learn everything about a person like this. Heck, I noticed he had been carrying a large piece of lint for two days straight. I know he has gotten quite sick of me as well, but we persevere.

DBB: Not to be a snob, but why Third Eye Blind?

SS: Rock has many faces.

DBB: You have a history with Of Montreal and you’ll be here in Dallas to see them. Why did you choose a relatively small venue to see them when their shows are getting bigger and more elaborate? What do you hope they’ll do with this show?

SS: Venue size means nothing to us … It’s hard enough to find bands for 40 consecutive nights and cover the country. I am confident that Of Montreal will deliver.

DBB: If you could have done this project during any other musical era, which would you have chosen?

SS: I think I’d like to do this in 1975. There was so much awesome rock going on, and people were partying with a recklessness that is absent in today’s world of YouTube and camera phones.

DBB: You seem to be pretty adamant in the belief that rock ‘n’ roll is still alive. If it ever dies, who do you think will pull the trigger?

SS: The only person who can kill rock is yourself, when you stop listening to it.

Any words of advice for people who love music and are trying to make a career out of it, especially considering the current economic climate?

SS: I think I’m about eight grand in the hole for this, so I really can’t help there.

DBB: Can we hang out when you come to Denton?

SS: Love to.

If you have any suggestions of what these two should do while they’re in the area, please let us know in the comments or via email.

P.S. Jaime has a similar project in the works, planned before he knew about this film. Starting December 31, he will see one band every night for a year. Talk about ambitious.

VEXED UK: BARE FACTS.

2 Dec

by Paula Anne Socco Anicete

Nothing fancy here, just the bare facts on the biggest musical breakthrough in Texas since Daniel Johnston.

WHO IS VEXED UK?
Sarah Ruth Alexander and Michael Andrew Briggs, of Denton, TX.

Michael has been working on creative projects since 2003. Some ensembles he’s been in are Malise and Dirty Water Disease. He has worked on some solo stuff as well, c e re b oso.

Sarah has worked on some projects of her own as well.

Sometimes Sarah Ruth plays solo shows, with a group called Zanzibar Snails, or Hentai Improvising Orchestra. Sometimes, she gets asked to play in various improv groups put together for a particular show, most recently being this past Friday in Dallas: a group she was in performed a graphic score by Jacob Wick (Brooklyn composer). Past chapters of her musical experience include accompanying a dance class and dance festivals. Last summer, she was commissioned to write an electro-acoustic piece for a photography installation by Susan K. Grant.

They are basically two separate musical entities who have been planning on working on music together for a while, and finally it happened. This was a live recording of their first musical collaboration. Continue reading

Announcing the first DayBowBow presents show

12 May

Thursday, May 21st we’re presenting Parata, St. Philistine and Western Giants at J&J’s Pizza in Denton. The show is of course Free, and we would appreciate it if you guys came out for what I guarantee to be a good evening.

Oh, and if you find me there, I’ll most likely buy you a beer.

Interview: This Old House

1 May

Earlier in the month I was sitting around Denton trying to find something to do, when I noticed NTX Showlist had a show listed at The Hydrant Cafe. that featured a band named This Old House. Intrigued by the name I took sometime to search out the band, and after a little searching I managed to track down their myspace. To put it mildly I was blown away, this is what “Texas Stargaze” is supposed to sound like. So, I walked down to the venue saw I had no chance of getting in, and decided to try and catch up with the band at a later point. The problem was I didn’t count on having the music stick with me the way it did, so I set up an interview with the guys (Ryan McAdams, Drew McCary, Kennon Talley and Micheal Allison) a few weeks later. After spending a little time discussing the stray dog they took in named Norm, we sat down for a few questions. Continue reading

Rundown: 4/13 to 4/19

13 Apr

Sorry this is late, I had kind of a busy day so something had to wait, and this was it. Anyway, it’s going to be a hell of a week in the metroplex, shows galore, and honestly you have no excuse for not going out at least a couple of times this week.

We’re gonna have a few things for you this week, show photos, a couple of interviews, Record Store Day stuff and hopefully it’ll actually all make it on here. Continue reading

Rundown: 4/6 to 4/12

6 Apr

Ah Opening Day I love you, I don’t want to do anything, just stay home and watch grown men get paid to hit a little ball into play, with the outside chance of seeing it actually leave the field of play. Boring? Yes. Awesome? Sometimes. An excuse to drink at noon on a Monday? Yes, but I never really need an excuse for that. I bring this up because baseball is a signal of summertime, which to me means the summer tours are coming, and much like today’s games signal the beginning of what seems like a never ending season, this weeks round of shows feel like a signal of what is ahead in the coming months. Continue reading