Changes Abound, The Red Blood Club Returns, And S1 Is A Superstar.
And just like that, after holding the position of music editor at the Dallas Observer for the past 14 months, Kiernan Maletsky announced his plans yesterday to relocate to Denver to take on the same position at the Observer's sister paper the Westword. Doesn't it seem like we were just here? To his credit, though, the soon-to-be-departed editor at least held down the position two months longer than his predecessor.
While the move would appear to be a lateral one for Maletsky, it actually makes some sense: As Maletsky laid out in his farewell column on the site yesterday the move actually allows him to move back to his home town where he intends to settle in for the long haul.
For now though we're left to wonder: Who will the alt-weekly's next music editor be? How long will this one last? And will they finally get around to posting the final installment of “The 30 Best North Texas Albums of 2013” before March rolls around?
Alas, the North Texas music scene is an ever-changing beast. For example? Following the much publicized firing of Granada Theater promotions man Gavin Mulloy last month, the scene's greatest shit-talker landed on his feet. Earlier this week we learned Mulloy will be taking over promotions duties at Trees. And with Trees owners Clint and Whitney Barlow hoping to re-launch the old Bomb Factory space later this year, the move is certainly a well-timed one for both parties.
Speaking of the Granada, the promotions crew over there, at least appear, to be taking over in Mulloy's stead quite nicely. The venue's current promotion — which is celebrating a decade under the ownership of Mike Schoder — finds the staff hiding golden coins around the venue at upcoming shows that can be redeemed for free concert tickets.
In other venue news: Thrwd broke the news over the weekend that Deep Ellum punk haven the Red Blood Club appears set to re-open its storied doors this March. According to that article, it would seem like a liquor license and a few passed inspections are all that stand in the way of club's re-launch.
Then there's The Prophet Bar, which recently began unveiling the lineups to a pair of festivals it'll be hosting this spring. When the Big Folkin' Fest returns this March 28 and 29th for its third go-round, it'll do so as a now two-day affair. As in previous years, some 40 bands will perform on four stages scattered around the venue throughout the fest's run. Check out the full lineup here.
That'll be followed up by Intelligent Grind's inaugural Rageville Music Festival, which will be held on April 19 at the venue. Among the artists announced thus far for this hip-hop and trap EDM-centric fest include Houston rapper Travis Scott and locals D. Smiley, The Outfit, TX, Crit Morris, and Blue, The Misfit. Tickets for that one can be purchased here.
Over at the Winspear Opera House, meanwhile, they'll host an extraordinarily interesting work of their own this week. The Death and the Powers opera that'll begin its four-day run tomorrow was developed at MIT's Media Lab. That setting is, perhaps, not as unconventional of a setting to develop a musical work as it may seem — especially when one considers the technologically-advanced operatic work requires over 40 computers to power its choir of singing, dancing robots, electronic, instrumental scenery, and 140 individual speakers.
Moving on to upcoming release news: Somebody's Darling entered the studio to record their third full-length; ahead of their album release show at Crown and Harp this weekend, Blackstone Rangers debuted a new music video; Picnictyme says his debut LP is almost finished; and Black Milk released the first track of his upcoming Record Store Day release.
Elsewhere, a video of Dr. Dre saying that local producer — and recent collaborator — S1 was a superstar surfaced online last week; the Crown and Harp put out the call for local bands to help them fill up their planned all-local jukebox upstairs; and The Slack announced an upcoming reunion gig at Twilite Lounge set for this April.
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