Dia De Los Toadies Announces Its Lineup and Jack White Shuns Fort Worth.
On Sunday night in North Dakota, Jack White wrapped up his mini, five-state solo acoustic tour. The idea behind the tour was for White to perform in the last five U.S. states he had yet to play before settling into a lengthy hiatus.
“After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations,” White's team posted to his Facebook page a few weeks back, “Jack White is announcing he will be taking a break from touring and performing live for a long period of time.”
So, it looks like despite raising $137,500 in just six days, that crowd-funded Jack White concert at Billy Bob's is a no go, after all. This week, the World's Largest Honky Tonk confirmed as much with an update posted to its Tilt campaign site.
Reads an excerpt from that post: “We have explored every opportunity possible and put this effort in front of every member of Jack's camp. We even sent a fantastic fan created video to Jack's management and agent! However, we've learned that the news about Jack's hiatus from live performances is sadly true. That being said, we are beginning the process to refund all of the Tilt contributions.”
But while Mr. White definitely won't be playing North Texas any time soon, all is not lost. There are loads of other noteworthy shows going down in the coming months. The most buzzing of them all looks to be the just-announced addition of D'Angelo to The Bomb Factory's calendar for this June 16.
Then there's Gorilla vs Bear's fifth annual not-quite-festival, which announced its lineup earlier this week. Included on bill? Jamie XX, Lower Dens, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma and Prince Innocence. Worth noting is that the fest is this year expanding into a two-day festival — well, kind of. After a Friday, July 31, showing here in Dallas at the Granada Theater, the same lineup will head down to Austin to play night two of the festival at The Mohawk. Tickets to each show go on sale here on Friday at 10 a.m.
Another annual affair returning this year is Scoremore's JMBLYA, which will also be a two-day, two-city event, with the Dallas date going down June 19 at 2551 Elm Street in Deep Ellum. In case you missed that fest's the most recent announce, just know that G-Eazy, PartyNextDoor, Vic Mensa, Kaytranada, Flatbush Zombies and Hucci will highlight this year's crop of acts. Tickets, which are currently $55, can be purchased here.
Not to be overlooked, meanwhile, is King Camel's first-ever Local Education Fest, which takes place June 20 at Three Links. The full roster of locals playing that one includes Sudie, Blue, The Misfit, The Outfit, TX, The Black Dotz, Rat Rios, Animal Spirit, FOGG, Mountain of Smoke, Fab Deuce, Jake Paleschic, Dead Mockingbirds and TEEN SLUT. Tickets, which will run all of $10, go on sale this Friday morning via Prekindle.
And, just this afternoon, it was announced that for its eighth annual shindig, Dia de Los Toadies will be returning to Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion on September 11 and 12. That bill will feature the first performance of Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis' Burden Brothers side project in something like a decade. Also included: Hagfish, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rocks Your Lame Ass by playing that sucker in-full; Illinois band Local H; Holy Moly; Buck Pets; Sealion; Son of Stan and Gollay. As in years past, the Toadies will perform a special acoustic set the night before the main festivities, this time joined by Dia vet and labelmate Sarah Jaffe.
Speaking of Jaffe: The increasingly electro-pop-oriented Dallas singer premiered a new video last week from her latest EP via Huffington Post. The Jeremy Biggers-shot clip for “Vision” also prominently features collaborators Sam Lao and Taylor Rea.
And Biggers doesn't just shoot music videos, it turns out. He also shot the cover photo of Delve's new single, “Laws.” The X, the Misfit-produced track is available for streaming and/or free download below.
In more video news, a new Denton-based outfit calling itself Peace Scout quickly penned a tune paying homage to the legendary floating dumpster that quite literally took that city by storm a couple weeks back. The band consists of Eric “Fishboy” Michener, Jena Pyle of Sundae Crush and Grahm Robinson of Fishboy and Criminal Birds.
Another new one this week comes from Dallas' Liv Free. Check out “OD” from the singer's upcoming LP below.
Out in Fort Worth, they make music videos, too! Take this one, for instance, which comes from Jake Paleschic's recently released Again, At Last LP. The clip for “When It Is Played” is a pretty straightforward one, sure, which is fine with us. It doesn't serve to distract from the stunning elegance of Paleschic's debut, eponymous work.
Another Fort Worth-shot video made its way to Sports Illustrated this week. The clip was shot at a Live Oak Music Hall edition of Paul Slavens' long-popular “makes up a song for you” performances, and it shows Slavens and Co. improvising a tune called “Rajon Rondo is the Worst.” But, really, that guy is the worst!
Also (loosely) sports-related: Before his surprise guest appearance with The Bird Dogs for last week's Jub Jam at The Kessler, Jonathan Tyler joined “The Hardline” to discuss his long-publicized troubles with Atlantic Records and his new solo album, Holy Smokes, which is due out this summer. The same day, Tyler posted a stream of that album's first single, “Everything Was Cool in 2002” to his website. Here's that one.
Finally, a few quick hitters to wind things down:
• That new Plain Jane Francis EP we mentioned last week is now available as a name-your-price download. Stream/grab it below.
• Same goes for Plain Jane collaborator Tony Q, whose Q EP also dropped.
• On the production side of things, the new Raekwon LP features a pair of tracks produced by Dallas' Symbolyc One. Those would be “I Got Money” and “Live to Die.”
• The Chemical Brothers announced its first LP in five years, which is notable locally because it will feature a guest appearance from St. Vincent.
• Dallas rap legend The D.O.C. was reunited with some long-lost N.W.A. plaques of his this week when they popped up for sale in a local pawn shop.
• Local rock outfit Bravo, Max! announced its next LP is currently in the mixing and mastering phase.
• Fort Worth folk-rockers Telegraph Canyon promised that the long-awaited follow-up to 2009's The Tide and the Current will be released by the end of the year.
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