The Polyphonic Spree Get Spooky and The DOMA Nominations Are Here.
Last Halloween, The Polyphonic Spree performed to a receptive London audience the first of what would turn out to be many Rocky Horror Picture Show cover sets the band would then play over the next 11 months. Since that first showing, the band has repeated its feat at festival stops all over the world, including gigs at England's Isle of Wight festival, Australia's Splendour in the Grass and this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. But, as we've mentioned a few times before in this column, the band's first time performing the Rocky Horror set for the hometown crowd won't come until the band's November 2nd show at Lakewood Theater.
Turns out its more than that, though: The band has announced that the show will serve as the anchor for the band's new, supposedly yearly Halloween Hootenanny offering. Of course, the Lakewood has long been the Spree's go-to big-affair venue of choice — and it will once again host the band's already-annual Holiday Extravaganza, which will return for its 11th year on December 21.
Here's the thing about November 2, though: It's going to be a crazy busy dau for the local music community.
Also currently scheduled to take place that day? Rock Lottery 12 at Dan's Silverleaf up in Denton; the North Oak Cliff Music Festival going down at The Lake Cliff Park; and, perhaps most notably, the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcases, which will see over 50 local bands performing across eight stages in Deep Ellum.
Though the lineups for the Rock Lottery and DOMA showcases are still being finalized at the moment, we can't help but think that these two events will be vying for a lot of the same acts. Only time will tell to what extent the booking for either of these events will be affected, but in the meantime, we have a suggestion for the Rock Lottery crew: Book some member from the Dallas-based electronic act Blackstone Rangers ASAP.
In response to this year's DOMA nominations, which were announced earlier this morning, Blackstone frontwoman Ruth Smith took to Facebook to voice her displeasure with how the nominations shook out. Wrote Smith: “Dear Dallas Observer why the fuck did you nominate BSR for best Americana act.?? !!! You obviously have never listened to us. I don't want my work being associated with Americana take our name off of the DOMA AWARDS!!!!!!!”
In other booking news, the organizers of Denton's upstart Oaktopia music festival have announced this week that they've added Astronautalis the lineup of their own inaugural offering. Tickets to that one can be found here.
Also this week, Spune Productions released the full lineup and schedule for its second annual Index Festival. Find the complete list of days, times and locations for 70-plus bands performing during the fest's two-day run in Deep Ellum right here.
Moving on to new releases: Mind Spiders, who previously released an exclusive stream of “Make Make Make Make” from its upcoming third full-length via Pitchfork, made a second track available earlier this week via Spin. Here here to check out the synthy, horror-pop cut, “Inside You,” before the album earns its official release next Tuesday.
Also of note: Later on this month, Jack White's Third Man Records will release the first volume of its releases chronicling the historic blues label Paramount Records' vast back catalog. The first installment, which will cover the years 1917 to 1927 will come via a special USB drive containing 800 songs, 200 restored original advertisements and photographs from the label, two books and six vinyl LPs containing 87 songs from the collection. Among the legendary artists found in the collection will be Dallas' own Blind Lemon Jefferson, who recorded 43 records for the label between 1926 and his death in 1929, and whose 1926 songs “Long Lonesome Blues” and “Got the Blues,” made Jefferson one of the first commercially-successful bluesmen ever. A second volume from Third Man is planned for release in November 2014.
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