Untapped Dallas Announces Its Lineup, and The Palladium Ballroom Finally Gets Its Name Changed.
Moments ago, Spune Productions announced that the second annual Dallas version of their craft-beer-meets-indie-rock Untapped Festival (not to be confused with this summer's Untapped: Fort Worth, of course) will go down on September 7 and feature performances from Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales, Cults (pictured above), Blackalicious and Leagues in addition to over 200-plus beers from 60-plus breweries. Tickets are now on sale right here.
But that's not the only big show that was recently announced. The Toadies' next gig, in particular, feels like something of a concession to fans who were somewhat miffed when the band announced back in February that, after three straight years of holding its annual Dia de los Toadies festival at New Braunfels' Whitewater Amphitheater, their namesake fest would be returning home to Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion for its sixth incarnation. Sure, this new location means a much more convenient trek for North Texas-based Toadies fans, but we'd argue that making the four-hour voyage, taking a mid-show break to go tubing, and getting into some trouble in the venue's cabins after-hours were all what made the festival feel so special the last three years. (And, let's face it, Panther Island Pavilion has hosted a number of other festivals already this year.) Anyway, fret not, fans of New Braunsfels: The band recently announced that they'll be returning to WhiteWater Amphitheater for a non-Dia-related show on July 6.
Tickets are also on sale now for The Polyphonic Spree's summer tour. Sure, that tour will include an album release show on August 9 at Granada Theater, but the band has added some extra incentives to make short road trips to catch their other gigs in the meantime. At their first two shows — at The Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama, and in the Cinema Tent at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest — the band will be performing an entire set of songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hey, it's only a 10-hour trip each way.
Moving onto venue news: You may remember back in 2010 when the folks who operate the Gilley's Complex re-branded their 1,000-plus capacity Palladium Showroom to its current South Side Music Hall to help clear up confusion amongst fans who couldn't tell the difference between the Showroom and the much-larger Palladium Ballroom. It's been in discussion for a while now, but, starting on July 2, the complex's two adjoining rooms will once again feature similar designations when the Ballroom rebrands itself as the South Side Ballroom. Just remember for future reference: The Music Hall is the small one, the Ballroom is the big one.
And, in the arena of local recordings, Goodnight Ned vocalist/guitarist Connor Farrall tells White Noise the band is currently recording its sophomore LP. The album, which is set for a fall release, is being co-produced by Hazardous Dukes and Johnny Beauford and the Jack Kerowax drummer Nathan Adamson and Somebody's Darling lead guitarist David Ponder at Adamson's Deep Ellum-based Ferralog Studios.
Lastly, Michael Briggs, whose prolific-ness as a producer we've repeatedly noted in this column, has finally resumed work on his own material. After a two-year hiatus from his avant-garde Cereboso project, Briggs finally released a new tune called “2013.06.09” via his BandCamp page over the weekend. Comprised of nothing but vocal noises and screams, the eerie new track is the most off-the-wall/terrifying track he's released to date.
Got a tip for White Noise? Email us!