Country Music's Biggest Names Are Coming. So Too Is Record Store Day.
The smoke from the post-Springsteen concert fireworks display hadn't even cleared, but, already, North Texas was announcing yet another set of performances aimed at once again putting us back into the national spotlight.
When the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards come to the AT&T Death Star on April 19, 2015, it will bring with it three days of concerts. Organizers say that these shows, which will start on April 17, will find some 90 of country's biggest names performing both in and around the stadium as well as at the nearby Globe Life Park. Though tickets will go on sale to the general public here starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, don't expect any of the dozens of performers to be announced for some time.
On the other hand, there are plenty of upcoming events with lineups that we can confirm.
To that end, a heap of performers have been added to next month's Fort Worth Music Fest, including Billy Gibbons, Jackopierce, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Oil Boom, Quiet Company, Foxtrot Uniform, Fox & the Bird, Ronnie Fauss and Patriot. The full lineup to that one can be found here.
And, in addition to the recently announced lineup of Good Records' Record Store Day performers, other area record shops have announced their lineups of in-store performers as well.
There's the longtime Lower Greenville staple, CD Source, which will host performances from Phoenix Hart, Five Times August, Blondettes, Nicholas Altobelli, Rahim Quazi, Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddys, Quentin Moore, Colin Boyd, Emmeline, The Bright, Andrew Tinker, Matthew & The Arrogant Sea, Montenegro & The Bear! and The Neverending throughout the day during its April 19th celebration.
Fort Worth's Doc's Records, meanwhile, will have The Me-Thinks, The Hanna Barbarians, Def Rain, The Cush, Daniel Markham and a to-be-named special guest at their Camp Bowie store.
Then, over at South Side on Lamar, Bill's Records and Tapes owner Bill Wisener will also use his store's RSD performances to mark his 70th birthday. Helping him celebrate will be Raymond Dotson, Robin Willis, Allen Larson, Mr. Troll, Jeffrey Liles, Guthrie Kennard, Merrol Ray, D. Anson Brody, Andrew Delaney, Tami Hix, Mike Freiley, Clifton Munroe, The Wandering Chicken Wire Show, Tin Man Travis and Byron Dowd.
Speaking of upcoming performances, Highland Concerts (read: the producers of Lights All Night) recently announced the debut of its new quarterly “Lights Up High” music series, which has been named as such because it'll be held in the space atop the W Hotel formerly occupied by Ghostbar. Tickets to the May 17th inaugural edition — which will feature DJ sets from LA's 12th Planet and Dallas' WishFM — can be found here.
Not to be overlooked, another onetime local hotspot for DJs and the like has recently gotten the reboot treatment as well. To that end, Expo Park's newest venue, Angry Dwarf Saloon, celebrated its grand opening in the old Fallout Lounge space this past Saturday.
Moving on, there are a number of new releases worth mentioning this week, too. For instance? Denton emo and math-rock hybrid Two Knights released its debut full-length today. Outlets like Brooklyn Vegan have even thrown around the term “emo-revival” while praising the Cap'n Jazz-mining effort. You can grab a physical copy of that one on May 8 when the band opens for Opening Gates and Frameworks at Three Links.
Another freshly released single we've found ourselves smitten with this morning is the hep, throwback samples of Alsace Carcione's “Juke Joint.” That one can be grabbed below as a name-your-price download. She'll open for Snow tha Product at Trees on April 12.
Then there's Denton's Final Club, which recently teased the fact that its next record will be released just around the corner. The album's first song, the churning indie-pop-meets-noise-rock track, “Tread,” can be streamed below.
Meanwhile, Grapevine punk trio County Lines will mark the release of its 12-years-in-the-making debut LP with a May 2 performance at J&J's Pizza that'll also feature turns from Pinebox Serenade and the debut of the Derek Terry-led trio, Dances With Wolves, which features a pair of his former Mount Righteous bandmates.
Elsewhere: Senor Fin has said its April 19th performance at Dan's Silverleaf will be one of the last before it relocates to Seattle; Daniel Folmer is dropping his old Danny Rush in favor of the Danny Diamonds name; Oaktopia announced that it would return to Denton on September 19th and 20th; and Ejecta debuted a new video for the song “Eleanor Lye”, and, yes, it's probably NSFW, not that that'll stop you.
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