Mustang Weekend Guide: Feb. 18-20

February 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Natalie Blankenship and Elizabeth Lowe
mustangeditors@gmail.com

This weekend, do Dallas outside of the box – or bubble in our case. Although we encourage such adventures on a regular basis, this weekend is all about stepping outside of the Park Cities and in to the “hipper” side of Dallas life.

Rest In Power Intro from Carlos Donjuan on Vimeo.

Get Artsy: Rest In Power by Sour Grapes
What: this Dallas graffiti/wall art team is one of the best around and produce insane work.
Why: because it’ll probably be the coolest art exhibit you’ll visit all season
Where: Dallas Contemporary
When: Now – March 27

Broken Social Scene – Cause=Time from Arts & Crafts on Vimeo.

Indie Fix: Broken Social Scene
Where: House of Blues
When: Saturday, Feb. 19, doors at 8 p.m.
Price: $17.50-$40
What: a gret concert at a great venue. It’s a band worth seeing no matter your music taste – plus you can get your weekly fix of “stick it to the man” mentality.

And for those of age…

Uptown Spot: Nodding Donkey
When: Anytime
What: a new, fun sports saloon where you can drink your beer out of a jar, play darts, eat some comfort food, and try the Donkey Punch – if you dare.
Where: Uptown on Thomas Avenue

Drink Steal: Central 214 for “Naughty at Night”
Where: Central 214 (The Palomar)
When: Friday, Feb. 18. 10pm-12am
What: half price drink specials and “naughty bites” like Kobe beef sliders, popcorn chicken, tacos, nachos and more.

Mark Your Calendars: February Edition

February 1, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Daily Mustang A&E Staff
mustangeditors@gmail.com

Ever wish you had a go-to list of concerts in town so you could adjust my time and budget accordingly?

We do too. So here’s the solution: Mark Your Calendar from the Daily Mustang.
Every month we aim to round up some of the best concerts in town for you – saving you valuable net surfing time and guessing games.

Here are our top picks for February concerts (go ahead, grab a pen):

Feb. 3 – The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian headline the Jack Daniel’s Kick-Off Party at Palladium

This may be the most laid-back, groovy party of the Super Bowl weekend. If you’re of age, grab a drink of Tennessee whiskey and psychedelic-out with these two indie, electro bands. It’s quite the mix of cultures – and we dig it.
Showtime: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $55
*21 and up event

Feb. 10 – Amos Lee with Vusi Mahlasela at House of Blues

Although we usually love Amos Lee as a nighttime lullaby or stress-relieving weekend music, we also highly recommend him live. There is just no doubting this man’s melodic genius.
Showtime: 9 p.m.
Tickets: general admission $25 in advance, $30 day-of show

Feb. 19 – Beastie Boys Mixmaster Mike hosts Red Bull DJ Competition at the Granada

Eight DJ’s battle it out. We can’t say we’re “in” on the Dallas DJ/MC scene, but this looks like pure entertainment. If anything, it’s Mixmaster Mike.
Doors: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission or $30 VIP

Feb. 19 – Broken Social Scene at House of Blues

This band is nuts and unpredictable live, much like their records. All we can say here is: go see for yourself.
Doors: 8 p.m.
Tickets: general admission $23 in advance, $25 day-of show

Feb. 25 – A Hard Night’s Day at the Granada

Sure it’s no John Lennon, but they sure sound close. This band is pure fun and quite the trip with practically every Beatle’s song in their catalog.
Doors: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $20

(PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Mustang Weekend Guide: Dallas For Just The Guys

January 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe & Natalie Blankenship
elowe@smu.edu, nblankensh@smu.edu

This weekend is for the guys with activities and specials ranging from reggae rock to ultimate enchiladas to of course, the NFL as we countdown to the Super Bowl. But being in Dallas, this is definitely an upgraded version of the typical boys weekend, making it great for gals too.

Get a little surf culture with Badfish at the House of Blues
When: Saturday, Jan. 29
Time: doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Price: $20 general admission or the 4-pack price of $15 a piece
What: Badfish is a Sublime tribute band; it’s not ska, but it’s definitely surfer-cool. Perfect for a totally chill, sunny Saturday night out…even if it’s below 40 and raining.

Go pro minus the price at NFL Experience
When: all weekend
Times: Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Price: not the going rate of upwards $1,000 for Cowboy Stadium
What: It’s not a January weekend in Texas without a little NFL. The Super Bowl brings this mega-fan attraction to the Dallas Convention Center which includes autograph sessions, the Vince Lambardi Trophy, and of course some games and drills.

Coal Vines to Update Your Weekend Pizza
Where: Uptown on Cedar Springs Road
What: Delicious wood-fired pizzas and other Italian specialties
Ditch that Saturday evening Domino’s, get up off the couch and head to Coal Vines for great food and awesome atmosphere as well. Owned by the same people of Nick & Sam’s, you’re sure to be pleased.

BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever Opens In Oak Cliff
What: made to order enchiladas, burritos, tacos and more, this “enchiladeria” is compared to a cross between a Chipotle and a Which Wich. It’s fast and it’s fresh, and it’s owned by Monica of Monica’s Aca y Alla.
Why: it’s brand new–why not try the newest tex mex in town? Then maybe you can claim that you discovered the restaurant when all of your friends start becoming regulars.

Review: Mike Posner and Far East Movement Concert

September 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Mai Lyn Ngo
mgno@smu.edu

Dallas fans trickled into the House of Blues to see Far East Movement perform their new single and rock out to the sound of Mike Posner’s voice.

Before Posner performed, several other lesser known groups sang their songs and entertained the small crowd of people surrounding the stage.

House of Blues was not even close to maximum capacity. The balcony seats were almost empty, and a little more then half the general floor was occupied by fans.

But, the excitement was there when Far East Movement made their way onto the stage to perform “Like a G6″ and “Girls on the Dance Floor”. Fans jumped, danced, and sang with Kev Nish, Jsplif and Prohgress. Their performance was closed with their new song “Rocketeer” featuring Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. If “Like a G6″ was good, this song is even better.

A small intermission built on to the anticipation of Posner’s presence to the stage. The crowd greeted him with energy and fervor. Posner walked on stage around 9:30 p.m. and performed for almost an hour.

He opened with his most recent hit “Please Don’t Go” and had fans chanting for “Cooler then Me” which he did not perform until the very end. Almost everyone out-sang Posner’s “Cooler then Me” even as he belted out the lyrics on the mic.

Posner put on an exciting performance for fans and got really into his music. He started off on fire and closed with a bang.

Despite the beloved Far East Movement and Mike Posner, House of Blues did not get packed at all. There was enough room to stand comfortably without the annoyance of shuffling and accidental bumping and shoving.

Overall, the fans that did make it out, enjoyed the concert. The show was a success and it was worth every penny.

Courtenay’s Cuts: Session 12

November 17, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

OLD
Len – Steal my Sunshine (1999)

This is why I love the 90s. They don’t make songs like this anymore! This is a pop classic. I’m currently still searching for a partner in karaoke crime to accompany me on this song one evening (hint, hint). I especially love the narrative parts; call me crazy but I miss the way people talked in the 90s. It was somehow different/better. Eleanor Morrow puts it best: “I guess the 1990s are now the 1970s. It depends on where you’re staring at them from, and how hard you’re looking.”

NEW
El Perro Del Mar – Gotta Get Smart (2009)

I’ll just say it: El Perro Del Mar’s new record is brilliant. This opening track is the clear standout to me, along with her amazing cover of Lou Reed’s “Heavenly Arms.” I saw her play live last week at House of Blues, and it was fantastic! She really connects to the audience in a way a lot of independent artists don’t, and she’s also absolutely adorable. This song was my favorite; the buildup to the second half of the song (“go on, go on, go on”) was seriously so emotional for me, tee hee. But anyway, this is easily my break up song of ’09. I was so impressed with her I had to get a picture with her after the show!

BORROWED
Solange – Stillness is the Move (2009)

Wowza! Solange covers a track off of the Dirty Projectors’ latest, Bitte Orca. The original already had a definite R&B flavor, and Solange takes it there. There have been mixed reviews of this track since it’s online only release last week, but I’m definitely Team Solange here. While it doesn’t outshine the original, it’s great in its own right. So fresh and delicious. I could easily see this as being a Top 40 single, but as of now there are no plans for official release. Enjoy!

BLUE
The Fiery Furnaces – Benton Harbor Blues (2003)

This song was born to be in this category, and not just for the title. The lyrics have that special tinge of depression that is somehow uplifting. But maybe that’s the warm Rhodes-esque keyboard part. I encourage you to give this song several listens – this is a song that needs nurturing. And the reward is well worth it.

where you’ll find me
11/19: The Mountain Goats at Granada Theater (!!!)
11/21: Eaton Lake Tonics and The Slow Burners at City Tavern
11/21: KPNI and Program Council’s very own Battle of the Bands! Check it out at the quad 3 – 6 p.m.

by Courtenay Paris
cparis@smu.edu

Night Life Blog: House of Blues is Rockin’ and Rollin’

November 11, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by: Shelley Smith
There’s an eclectic mix this week at the? House of Blues…Take a chance and check out a new band!

Friday, Nov. 14 – Of Montreal with Icy Demons

Saturday, Nov. 15 – Who’s Bad: The World’s #1 Michale Jackson Tribute Band

Sunday, Nov. 16 – Ralph’s World

Sunday, Nov. 16- The Still High Tour: Method Man and Redman Plus Termanology

Sunday, Nov. 16- Willy Porter

Show times and ticket prices are online…Happy music hunting!

Night Life Blog: Who’s Jamming at House of Blues

November 2, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Shelley Smith

Wondering what House of Blues has got going on?

Monday, Nov.3- Blues Traveler with The Lifters

Wednesday, Nov.5- The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with The Lee Boys

Thursday, Nov. 6-Joe Satriani US Tour ’08 with Very Special Guest Mountain featuring Leslie West and Corky Laing

Thursday, Nov.6-The Mighty Underdogs

Friday Nov. 7- Cobra Starship and Forever the Sickest Kids with Hit the Lights and Sing It Loud

Friday, Nov.7-Magnetic Morning with Umbrellas and Caterpillars

Saturday, Nov.8-Lordi with Lizzy Borden with Stolen Babies

Saturday Nov.8-Zoso – Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Go online for ticket pricing and show times!

Night Life Blog: House of Blues lineup this week…

October 20, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Shelley Smith

Head to House of Blues.

There are great artists performing this week, be sure to check House of Blues website for tickets and more info about the bands. So read up! You might find a new music favorite…

Unearth – Monday, 10/20 6 p.m.
Gavin Degraw – Tuesday, 10/21 7 p.m.
Sara Bareilles – Wednesday, 10/22 7:30 p.m.
All Time Low – Thursday, 10/23 6 p.m.
Matt Nathanson – Friday, 10/24 7 p.m.
Rick Springfield – Saturday, 10/25 7 p.m.
Thievery Corporation – Sunday, 10/26 9 p.m.

Arts Beat: Ben Kweller Rocks House of Blues

October 2, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Ratliff

Texas favorite Ben Kweller played a rowdy, energetic show at House of Blues’ Pontiac Room last Thursday night. Kweller’s show was opened by the Australian native Whitley.

Kweller and his band played plenty of old favorites, like “Family Tree,” “Penny On A Train Track,” and “Walk On Me,” but also peppered the set list with new tunes from his recently-released EP “How Ya Lookin’ Southbound? Comein…”

Kweller’s new songs tie in to his Texas roots, making it apparent that he listened to a lot of Garth Brooks and other Texas favorites as a kid. “Fight” is the most noteworthy new song, served up with a little bit of rock ‘n roll and a lot of country. Kweller pulls it off without a hitch.

Kweller’s new LP, “Changing Horses,” is due to be released in January.