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35 Conferette adds Dr. Dog, Dan Deacon, White Denim, Big Freedia, Mother Falcon, COOLRUNNINGS and more

7 Dec


Word just came that the little Denton festival that could (not our words) has landed themselves a little coup as they added Philadelphia garage-pysch rockers Dr. Dog to the lineup along with Dan Deacon, White Denim, Big Freedia, COOLRUNNINGS and more. Check out the full Press release below.

DENTON, Texas (December 7, 2010) — 35 Conferette welcomes a feast of standout performers — Dr. Dog, Big Freedia, and Dan Deacon — to its 2011 roster today. Accordingly, we’re passing on the first-graf-lede introduction and providing one for each headliner that will join Mavis Staples, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Reggie Watts and many more in Denton, the other, smaller music town in Texas, March 10-13, 2011.



Presale tickets for 35 Conferette via Prekindle.com are available at a discounted price of $70 for a very limited time.


Dr. Dog, a long-beloved Philadelphia psych-rock collective formed in 1999, toured with the likes of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Raconteurs before singing to Anti-Records. The “distinctive mix of exuberance and melan-cholia” [Spin] that is 2010’s Shame, Shame totes the single “Where’d All the Time Go,” which you may have heard if you’ve flipped on your music-formatted public radio station in the last hour. Paste hails the track for its “mellotron undulating like high tide, a wave of backing harmony and a set of quick guitar licks, all playing like a Pet Sounds B-side.”


Queen Diva of Bounce and ringmaster of the New York Times Magazine-profiled sissy movement, Big Freedia explodes rooms and expectations as the liberator of crowds. From her native New Orleans outward, Freedia has drawn attention to the power of cross-dressing/transgender-aware sissy bounce’s detachment from traditionally narrow attitudes in mainstream hip-hop. She has shared stages and bills with Spank Rock, De la Soul, and 35 Conferette-mates Japanther among others.


Dan Deacon’s connective, accessibly artful spirit has been known to send him to the floor, level with his audience. The absurdist composer and electronic musician has performed alone and with a 15-piece orchestra in spaces like the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the Montreal Pop Festival and Bumbershoot among others. In an attempt to qualify the anticipation for Deacon’s 2009 community-themed record BromstPitchforkexplains how he “creates a dense rush of sound and then guides it through changes as broad as mountains, these shifts that slide together like blocks and burrow straight into some basic pleasure center deep in the gut of the western scale.”


White DenimMondo DragHousesCoolrunnings , and Mother Falcon have also joined the lineup.


2010’s event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia’s The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton’s Midlake supporting. Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the lineup, deemed a “scorcher” by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.


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Expect more from the fest in the coming weeks.


Dr. Dog at Southside Music Hall 11/11/10

15 Nov

I first saw Dr. Dog in September of ’08 at Lola’s. I hadn’t heard of them until two days before, and I left that night with all of the CD’s that were available at their merch table. Their presence on stage was mesmerizing.

I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible, but Thursday night’s show was 10 times more impressive. Their almost constant tour schedule over the last few years definitely shows in their professional and polished cooperation on stage. Bassist/singer Toby Leaman’s infectious energy and MVP-award-worthy talent mixes well with the more relaxed and almost shy stage presence of guitarists Scott McMicken and Frank McElroy. With big shoes to fill after Juston Stens’ leave of absence for a solo career, new drummer Eric Slick proved himself worthy to share the stage with the other accomplished Dog veterans. I honestly think Dr. Dog band may be the tightest band I’ve seen this year.

It’s hard to adequately explain the level of energy and enthusiasm the band were commanding over the whole venue. At some point almost everyone was dancing–including some of the bartenders and the men’s room attendant. Though the comparisons they often garner to classic garage and pop bands of the ’60s may be somewhat overused, it’s almost impossible not to feel that this energy must be nearly identical to what crowds must have felt the first time they saw those bands.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how impressed I was with the evening’s opener, Here We Go Magic. To be completely frank, I  wasn’t expecting much from them after seeing their name. As soon as we entered the venue, though, I understood why Dr. Dog selected them as their tourmates. They kind of reminded me of a mash-up of the Talking Heads and other New York bands from the same era and garage psych-rock bands from the ’60s. The simple fact that they kept most of the crowd focused on them when we were all clearly in anticipation of the headliner was proof in itself of their quality.

Giveaway: Dr. Dog at South Side Music Hall

9 Nov

Today we have a pair of tickets for one lucky reader to see Dr. Dog at South Side Music Hall on Thursday. I must say that, even after a weekend packed with live shows and late nights, I’m very excited about this show. I’ve never had the chance to see Dr. Dog live and I’ve heard only great things. And South Side Music Hall is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in Dallas.

For your chance to win the tickets, send an email with “Dr. Dog” in the subject line, your name and the answer to the (very easy) trivia question below to giveaways@daybowbow.net by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify the winner on Thursday.

Question: What is name of the former Dr. Dog drummer whose first single we reviewed a few months ago?

Dr. Dog plays South Side Music Hall on Thursday, November 11 with openers Here We Go Magic. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Track of the Day: Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang–Lonely, Lonely Night

18 Aug

Juston Stens is a multi-instrumentalist who was the drummer for Dr. Dog on five of their albums over the span of six years.

His tenacity and ingenuity in that band in particularly energetic shows earned him the praise of his bandmates through the oft-chanted phrase “Juston Stens will never die!” He departed from the band to explore his musical horizons and record his own music.

Today’s track comes from the forthcoming debut EP from  Stens and his newly formed band, The Get Real Gang. It’s due out on August 24th, but Park the Van, Stens’ label, is offering it as a free download for a limited time.

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang–Lonely, Lonely Night

Verdict: Anyone else think his voice is strikingly similar to Stephin Merritt’s? It’s great layered pop with a nostalgic ambiance you would expect from a musician who played with Dr. Dog for six years. Worth more than just one listen. It may end up being in regular rotation for me.

ACL Friday

2 Oct
by Jaime-Paul Falcon

These were originally supposed to be longer pieces going in depth on who to see at what times, but it being a down year for the fest (the nightly closers are pretty terrible), combined with the fact that none of us are going we decided to just giving you highlights from each day.

Who to catch:

The Low Anthem

My love for this band is well known, so all I can say is they play an early slot, and would be a wonderful way to start your day.

The Low Anthem- To Ohio

School of Seven Bells

You’re going to read over and over about how Ben Curtis was once in another band, and how his new project isn’t so much a departure from the band, as a reinvigoration of the sound. Truth be told the new direction pays off as SoSB attacks you with lush walls of sound that are both all-consuming, and endearing.

School of Seven Bells- Iamundernodisguise (alternate version)

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Rundown: 4/20 to 4/26

20 Apr

I’m not one to complain about the opportunity to see some quality live music, but doesn’t it feel like the calender has been rather hectic since NX35? It’s been one big touring act after another, and countless quality local fare almost every night for over a month now. Like I said, far be it for me to complain about actually having things I want to see, especially when there can be some pretty bleak times around these parts, but man I’m fucking broke. Anyway, this week is loaded yet again with quality and quantity, take a look after the cut. Continue reading