Scenes From Friday Night’s The Coathangers And Har Mar Superstar Show At Dada.

As they are wont to do, Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers makes a handful of stops through Dallas every year, the most recent of which came this past Friday at Dada. Unlike most every one of those stops — save for the 2014 edition of Spillover Fest — Friday night’s big double billing also included a performance from sexy Minnesota cult R&B hero Har Mar Superstar.

Both outfits had new albums to promote, with The Coathangers releasing its fifth LP, Nosebleed Weekend, the first it recorded outside of Atlanta, recently via Suicide Squeeze. About that record, Spin described it by writing: “You could say it’s more garage rock than Suck My Shirt in its slightly stunted tempos and spotless production; the retromania of “I Don’t Think So” recalls Those Darlins’ Screws Get Loose, another triumph of form rendered quasi-obscure for not expanding the medium.”

Har Mar’s latest, this month’s Best Summer Ever, finds the performer finally settling into his niche following a decade of writing sleazy/oddball dance-pop, doing a 180 with the convincing soul prowess of 2013’s Bye Bye 17 and now hitting upon a happy medium with this latest, Julian Casablancas-produced effort.

But where the sultry frontman really shines is in front of a live audience. Thankfully, in spite of the years of body shaming he’s been subjected to by “dog shit” alt-weekly writers, he’s still comfortable taking off his clothes at his shows and embracing his over-the-top, supremely sexual alter ego in live settings.

It’s something his tourmates — and most all female musicians, we reckon — can fully relate to. It’s something Coathangers guitarist/singer Julia Kugel talked to us about back in 2012: “Literally anyone can have a fucking blog,” she said. “Some of our show reviews are just a review of what we’re wearing — like ‘She’s wearing pants, she’s wearing a skirt.’ It’s just so stupid. You can’t control the stupid people.”

Fortunately, neither act let the stupid people get to them on Friday, turning in performances in front of a wild and eager Dallas crowd. Hey, maybe that’s why they keep on coming back.

 

All photos by Karlo X. Ramos.
8950_2

8950_3

8950_4

8950_5

8950_6

8950_7

8950_8

8950_9

8950_10

8950_11

8950_12

8950_13

8950_14

8950_15

8950_16

8950_17

8950_18

8950_19

8950_20

8950_21

8950_22

8950_23

8950_24

8950_25

8950_26

8950_27

8950_28

8950_29

8950_30

8950_31

8950_32

8950_33

8950_34

8950_35

8950_36

8950_37

8950_38

8950_39

8950_40

8950_41

8950_42

8950_43

8950_44

8950_45

8950_46

8950_47

8950_48

8950_49

8950_50

No more articles
X