Mind Spiders and Pinkish Black Each Prep New Releases.
The Dallas Cowboys forced the New York Football Giants to turn the ball over six times in their season opener Sunday night. And while that total represents 37.5 percent of the total number of turnovers the 'Boys forced all of last season, the sea change in defensive philosophy and/or win-loss results wasn't the biggest news Jerry Jones came away with over the weekend. This was: During a Monday press conference, Jones announced that 61-year-old native Texan George Strait will be ending his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at the recently-christened AT&T Death Star.
While an exact date for the show has yet to be determined, the tour's promoter has already promised it will be a “record-breaking event,” full of surprises and, potentially, surprise guests. If the concert — which we're hearing might be a special “in the round” style show — comes anywhere close to reaching the 103,219 attendance total from the 2011 Super Bowl, Strait would stand a good chance at breaking the record for “best-attended single concert performance at a U.S. venue by one headliner” that is currently held by U2's 2009 Rose Bowl performance that drew 97,014 fans. Actually, that band currently holds the top three records in that category.
Speaking of other big shows coming to the DF-Dub: Pearl Jam will return to the American Airlines Center on November 15 for what will be that band's first Dallas performance since 2003. Of course, that story is old news. More recently, however, it was announced that Denton heroes Midlake will have the distinction of opening not only that November 15 Dallas show, but the band's Oklahoma City stop the next night as well. Prior to either of those dates, Midlake will perform an exponentially more intimate gig at Dan's Silverleaf on the 25th of this month.
Another big announcement from late last week that has us pretty stoked? The Mark Ryan-led Mind Spiders debuted through Pitchfork a new track from their upcoming third full-length. According to the site, the new LP will be called Inhumanistic, and will be available October 8 via Dirtnap. Stream the album's first single, “Make Make Make Make,” which Pitchfork calls “a two-minute burst of power,” here.
Also on Pitchfork: A full week before its official release date, Pitchfork Advance is hosting a stream of Pinkish Black's Century Media debut in full. So feel free to give Razed to the Ground as many virtual “spins” as you like before its official release next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there's lots more new music info that's been announced this week. For starters? Reverend Horton Heat announced that its first studio album since 2009's Laughin and Cryin will earn its release early next year. Simply titled Rev, the 11th overall studio effort — and the band's first since signing with Victory Records last year — will hit stores on January 21. Before that, a video for the track “Let Me Teach You How To Eat” will make its debut in November.
Then there's the Wanz Dover-led outfit The Black Dotz, whose live performances have been somewhat scarce so far this year. Before last Thursday's Three Links gig, the band hadn't performed live since May, and only a couple of other times prior to that. There's good reason for that, as Dover tells White Noise: “[We've] been writing and recording all summer.” The first bits of that labor — a frenetic, psyched-up version of James Brown's “There Was a Time” — can be streamed here. Never one to be satisfied working on one project at a time, though, Dover's other project, the upstart new wave/post-punk project The Silver Saint will release its second EP in as many months sometime this week. You might want to keep an eye on that band's BandCamp page for that one.
Lastly, The Polyphonic Spree have announced that, a year after debuting a Rocky Horror Picture Show cover set in London last Halloween (and after repeating the feat at a handful of festival dates earlier this summer), the band will finally do the damn thing in front of a hometown crowd on November 2. The location of that performance, though, has yet to be announced.
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