Neon Indian Is Back, and Zane Williams Writes A Song For The Guy That Stole His Band's Van.
Earlier this month, the McKinney-based country musician Zane Williams became the latest musician to experience the growing trend of having all of his gear ripped off while touring through Texas, when his van and trailer were stolen off of I-45 in Houston.
Putting a positive spin on the situation, though, the ever-good-natured Williams penned a new tune as a personal appeal to the thieves, asking them to bring the gear to their next show and remarking that he has something they can't steal. Anyway, it's a clever little ditty, and you should check out right this minute.
Some good has come from the situation, too. While working the case of William's lost gear, authorities recovered $250,000 of stolen motorcycle parts, which they were able to return to their rightful owners. And for his part, Williams was able to stay out on the road thanks to the generosity of Fort Worths' Jason Eady, who loaned out his band's van.
Better still? Williams' single “Jayton and Jill” is currently No. 1 on the Texas Music Chart.
Theft is a somewhat disturbing trend in the scene these days. Earlier this month, Fort Worth country act Mike Ryan had his trailer stolen as well. That one was found a few days later by the Fort Worth Fire Department — completely torched. Of course, thanks to the Fort Worth Police Department and some help from a whole slew of amateur detectives via Facebook, some of the band's gear was recovered late last week. Also? At least one arrest was made. In the meantime, the guys have set up a GoFundMe page to help replace the rest of their stolen gear.
Speaking of Funky Town: The Fort Worth Weekly just announced the date of this year Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards showcases. On June 28, some 48 bands with ties to the 817 will perform in eight venues, all within walking distance of each other in the West 7th Corridor. Like last year's showcases, these shows will all be free to attend.
Likewise, the Dallas Observer recently announced that its own annual awards show will take place on Saturday, October 24, although further details are still forthcoming.
In other fest-related news, the Timescape Music and Arts Festival will bring an interactive experience to Arlington's Globe Life Park on Saturday, July 18. The just-announced initial lineup for that one includes Mad Men theme composer RJD2, along with electro-pop outfit STRFKR, TOKiMONSTA, Giraffage, Le Youth, Roosevelt, Gilligan Moss and The Dealer, with “many more” acts being announced in the coming weeks. Pre-sale tickets to the fest will be on sale here for $29 for the next day or so.
Meanwhile, up in Denton, Oaktopia will return this fall, going down September 25 and 26. No acts have been announced for that one as of yet, but pre-sale tickets will be available for the first time at a Pretopia event at Bullseye Bike Shop on May 30.
As long as your calendar apps are still open, you should also know about a new summer music series at the Fort Worth Bar Louie's location. Through a partnership with Good Records, the bar is throwing a bunch of free shows from the likes of The Polyphonic Spree, Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle, The Tontons, Reverend Horton Heat and Bob Schneider to name a few. The series gets kicked off this Friday, May 29 with a solo outing from Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis.
Moving on, there's some new tunes worth checking out.
This morning, Spin scored the coup of this new music Tuesday with the premiere of the first new New Indian material since 2011's Era Extrana. The single, “Annie,” comes from Denton ex-pat Alan Palomo's third LP, which reportedly will be released sometime this fall. Stream it below.
Also out today is the new Snarky Puppy LP that we hipped you to last week. We also hear that one debuted at No. 1 iTunes' Jazz Chart, for whatever that's worth.
Another one released today is Digital Crucifixion, the third project from Dallas rapper Lord Byron. It's a much more complex and confident release than even 2013's critically hailed Dark Arts Vol. 2, which blew up around town before Byron had ever performed his fist live show. Hear the evolution below.
Another fresh cut this New Music Tuesday comes from The Outfit, TX, who paired up with Houston rapper Maxo Kream for a track that'll appear on a TOTX LP that'll earn its release later this fall. The trio premiered the track, called “Ü,” via Noisey late last week, and you can check out its accompanying music video below.
More visuals to peep this week come courtesy of American Werewolf Academy, whose campy fantasy clip for new single “I Can't Lose” comes from a new seven-inch from the band that'll earn its release on June 30 via Damnably Records. Here's that one.
Neon Indian cover photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist. Got a tip for White Noise? Email us!