Untapped Dallas Gets A Location and The O's Get A Radio Show.
Listen to local radio stations like KXT for any length of time and you're bound to hear a song by The O's, Maybe even two.
This is not hyperbole. The station is utterly enamored with the duo's latest single, “Outlaw.” Soon, though, fans of North Texas-based terrestrial radio are going to be hearing a lot more of the duo. Beginning on July 5, band members John Pedigo and Taylor Young will begin hosting a two-hour radio show on KHYI 94.5-FM The Range.
“It's pretty cray,” Pedigo tells us of his “Dead Air with The O's” radio show. “[It'll be] on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. We're going to mostly pre-record them because of touring and stuff. [We'll be] playing Americana, telling jokes, etc. Sounds like fun, right?”
Sounds like fun, indeed. And it's a move that makes total sense for the station. Anyone who has ever seen the band live can attest to the fact that Pedigo and Young's playful stage banter and charm accounts for a hefty chunk of their crowd's love for their shows. It should make for entertaining radio, that's all we're saying.
Even more fun for local indie and Americana fans is in store when Paste's Untapped Dallas returns this September. Along with the public on-sale run kicking off yesterday, Spune announced that their second Dallas offering of the event will be taking place in and around the grounds of the Gilley's complex, and that it will feature a yet-to-be-announced after-party show inside the complex's The Loft space. Those who cough up the $62.50 for VIP tickets , we're told, will be allowed to watch the performances by Delta Spirit and the handful of other national acts performing at this year's fest from the enviable vantage point of The Loft's outdoor balcony.
Speaking of festivals: Over the weekend, a group of Dallas musicians and filmmakers finally premiered their long-in-the-works Descendents documentary at theNXNE festival in Toronto. Initially, though, they weren't the only outfit scheduled to represent Dallas at the international affair. But scheduled performances by Blackstone Rangers and Sarah Jaffe were each canceled. Blackstone cited “legal issues” for their cancellation announcement that came down roughly two weeks ago. Jaffe's eleventh-hour pullout, on the other hand, was blamed on an expired passport that wasn't discovered until the last minute.
Meanwhile, months of careful planning and rehearsals for the Mike Scaccia tribute show at Trees this past weekend helped make the event a huge success. The bash raised nearly $15 thousand for Scaccia's wife Jenny and family in the process.
Following the show, Jenny Scaccia wrote the following, touching statement regarding the outpouring of love in Deep Ellum: “Last night I saw a community come together and show such strength, conviction and most importantly love. Never have I witnessed firsthand the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that I did last night. The love for Mike filled the room. It was everywhere. Seeing all of you there gave me a feeling of such happiness… I will never forget this feeling from last night. I have seen a lot of music communities in other parts of the country and I can tell you that the metal community in DFW cannot be beat!”
The full statement and video of some of the night's performances can be found here.
During another round of this past weekend's performances, Tweed EQ frontman Robbie Saunders released his solo debut — a jangly, roots-inspired folk effort called Flipside of a Coin — and debuted at the City Tavern a new backing band for his efforts called the Mobile Line. The group features Chris Carmichael of The King Bucks on drums, Emsy Robinson of The Travoltas on bass and Ryan McLaughlin of Goodnight Ned.
And, when Savage and the Big Beat release their We Are Defenders EP later this month at Rubber Gloves, they too will feature a slightly altered lineup. Keys and vocal man Max Brown remains the band's centerpiece, but Team Tomb's Benny Bailey was brought in to replace longtime drummer Ryan Cortez. Per guitarist Kyle Irion, who joined the band prior to last year's Love & Hunting EP, Bailey's impact on the band has been “strong and immediate.”
Lastly, lest you've finally managed to get Sir Silky's Prince-inspired 2010 jam “Getcho Bodeee” out of your head, know this: A return by The Sexy One is imminent. Cheyenne Schweitzer, the man behind the Silky persona, says he'll be filming a new video for the project in the near future. Just how soon? Says Schweitzer: “I'm just waiting for my mustache to grow out again.”
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