Dia De Los Toadies Announces Its Lineup, Gibby Haynes Is A Baller And Daniel Hart Knows The Score.
Over the weekend the King of Country Music, George Strait played what was, presumably, his final concert ever at the AT&T Death Star.
It was a momentous occasion to be sure — and a record-breaking one, with 104,793 in attendance, making it the largest indoor concert in North American history. Fitting, then, that it was also an affair marked with performances from a whole slew of country royals.
That said, the average North Texan paid three times as much for tickets to the show as fans at Strait's previous stops did. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price for the show was nearly $700. And, sadly, not everyone who spent that kind of money got to hear Strait take his final bow. According to police, a female suspect in Terrell scammed multiple families out of thousands of dollars each by offering up phony tickets on Craigslist.
Getting conned out of large quantities of money is always a hard pill to swallow. And while there's nothing that will bring these people their money back — or Strait, for that matter — the announcements of some other big shows might help ease the pain some small amount.
To that end, Gorilla vs Bear announced the lineup to its Panda Bear-headlined, fourth annual showcase yesterday. Once again, that sucker will go down at Granada Theater, and tickets to that September 12 offering can be safely purchased here.
Meanwhile, the Toadies also this week announced half of the bands that will be joining in on the fun at the the seventh annual Dia de los Toadies festival, which is set to take place at Panther Island Pavilion. Joining the band at its September 12 and 13 shindig this year will be Old 97's, Somebody's Darling, City Nighthawks and Pleasant Grove.
The 97's, in particular, are an interesting addition not only because, like the Toadies, the band released a pretty seminal album of its own 20 years ago with Hitchhike to Rhome — but also because, earlier this year, the band announced plans to launcha Dia-like fest of its own in 2015. In the coming weeks, five more bands will be announced for Dia. Until then, totally legit tickets can be purchased here.
Also coming soon is the return of the Mad Decent Block Party, which just released its full line-up as well. Included there? Big Gigantic, Bro Safari, Bunji Garlin, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Jack U, Jillionaire, Toy Selectah & Friends and Wrestlers. Like last year's party this one, too, will go down near Zouk on August 31. Undeniably real tickets to that one can be purchased here.
Yup, it's shaping up to be a busy fall, indeed.
Add to those big events the fact that September is also when the erotic thriller, The Girlfriend Game earns its theatrical release. Check out the trailer for that one, which features a new song from Daniel Hart, below:
More than just being heard in the film's teaser trailer, though, Hart actually composed the film's original score — and the soundtrack, Hart says, will serve as his next solo album (read: not a Dark Rooms album). You can find a bigger taste of what's in store thanks to the film's director, Armen Antranikian, who posted a full Hart track called “My Fingers On Your Lips” on his Soundcloud page. Check it out:
Closer on the horizon is the debut EP from Caleb Campbell and Teddy Waggy's new dream pop duo, Moonbather. That disc will be released this Thursday, June 12, at Good Records where the duo will also perform. Check out the group's first single, “Stars From Planes”:
Maybe you'll even hear that sucker 91.7-FM KXT in the near future. We're hoping so. And that Dallas-based public radio station, we should point out, was just named one of the country's 10 best by Paste magazine.
Other national music magazines and the like also made mention of local artists this week. There's The Outfit, TX, which got yet another nod in Spin earlier today. Says the mag: “They have figured out how to honor their heroes [in UGK] without wholesale jacking their shtick.”
Similarly, Snow tha Product was named to USA Today's list of the six female rappers you should know and Rhett Miller talked about his influences with Yahoo!'s music blog.
Elsewhere, Dallas pop singer Noelle Bean confirms that her single, “Let It Go,” will be appearing in a Bud Light spot later this year. The same song, you might recall, ran in a series of Mitsubishi ads that began running late last year.
Speaking of bonus runs: Word came down today that Los Angeles' Mini Mansions, which features Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, will play a special one-off show next month at Three Links while the band will be in Dallas working on its upcoming record. And that's pretty cool. One hundred percent authentic tickets to that show can be purchased here.
Lastly this week, we'd like to point you toward the sports blog Can't Stop the Bleeding, which posted a pretty rad clipping of Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes' high school basketball-playing days.
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