Big D Blog: Bass Science Returns to Dallas at Arnetic

December 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Jackson Butt

When DJ/drum duo Bass Science came to town in late July, they had such a good time, they decided to come back.  They Played December 3 at 2826 Arnetic in Deep Ellum with local DJ collective Dub Assembly. 

Consisting of DJ/Producer MattB and drummer Devin Landau, Bass Science has a unique sound in the electronica genre of what Matt calls “glitch-hop.”  Their Friday night show was their first on a string of 12 dates, and it was a good start, with a crowd over 300 for the whole night.

This tour features a new set list, with a few remixes of songs from the last tour that Bass Science rocked until 2:15 a.m.  MattB proved that he is one of the finest DJ’s in the business with his impeccable sounds and commanding stage presence.

Arnetic has only been open for five months, but has been booking nationally touring acts, and become a viable choice for a club-size venue in Dallas.  However, the bar is slimly stocked, with a prickly bar staff.  The light production was great at the show with lasers, fog, and a light that made the floor look like Saturday Night Fever. The sound quality was adequate, but an untraditional speaker arrangement led to a lack of bass that is needed for this type of genre.

Burst The Bubble Blog: A Different Side of Dallas Life in Oak Cliff

September 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post By Elizabeth Lowe

It’s a month into the school year – have you felt the force of the “SMU Bubble” yet?
Even Coach June Jones has felt the pull, saying almost everything a person needs to live can be found in University Park.

But how about doing a little living?
That’s where Oak Cliff comes in my friends.

The historic neighborhood is sometimes subject to a shady stereotype for those Mustangs not in the know. However, ask any Dallasite or savvy professor and they’ll be quick to tell you otherwise. From artsy street markets and shops to Texas-style entertainment and dining, Oak Cliff has got it going on.

Most recently, the Oak Cliff community began a new initiative to revive their beloved city blocks – and it shows. Just take a look at the Observer’s “Best Of” list; 23 of this year’s winners can be found in Oak Cliff.

Next time you’re looking for a weekend activity or a taste of something new, I challenge you to step outside The Bubble with me and into Oak Cliff for a different take on Dallas life.

Here’s what’s on the Oak Cliff Radar this week:

“Return to Giant” at the Texas Theatre, Thursday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
This historic Dallas landmark has been under construction making way for a new bar and concession stand. Although it’s still a work in progress, the Texas Theatre is opening its doors for a repeat screening of the documentary “Return to Giant.”
The documentary illuminates the town of Marfa, TX where Giant was filmed. Haven’t heard of Giant? Let’s just say it’s a Texas classic.
James Dean shines in his final role as a rancher in the small Texas town alongside legend Elizabeth Taylor. The film is credited as the basis for the TV series “Dallas.”
It’s sure to be a night of true Texan culture.

Live Blues at Jack’s Backyard, Saturday Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Since opening in 2008, Jack’s Backyard has been a go-to bar for Oak Cliff locals.
By day, Jack’s serves American and Tex-Mex fare like quesadillas, burgers, grilled cheese, and tortilla soup. By night, Jack’s is a laid-back bar and music venue.
This Saturday, check out live blues as the band Bona Fide Blues performs. This will be a bluesy experience in the neighborhood of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

16th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert, Sunday Oct. 3
For blues fans or a Harley man, it’s an epic annual event. This is a daylong bike fest and blues concert benefiting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Starting at 9 a.m., attendees are invited to breakfast at the World’s Largest Hooters in Dallas’ West End. From there, the motorcycle parade will commence at 11:15 a.m. Next up, it’s an all-day blues concert series at Cowboys Arlington until 6 p.m.
Sounds like a long day? Just remember it’s for the kids – and Stevie.

Arts Beat: Crooked Tree Coffeehouse is Haven for Indie Kids and Mainstream Coffee Lovers Alike

February 28, 2009 by · Comments Off 

“Johnny Citizen” performing at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse Feb. 21 with local art showcased behind him.

Posted by Rachael Morgan

Sure, at Starbucks you can get a “The Way I See It” paragraph on the back of your cup. Maybe you’ll see someone you know as they run in and then out. You could even buy a stuffed plush… even if you can’t figure out how it possibly connects to a coffee store. But can you drink your coffee in an actual mug while looking at art from local artists and listening to live music?

My guess is no. That’s exactly what you can do at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse.

The coffeehouse features local art that is periodically changed, and on Friday and Saturday nights after eight it hosts live musical acts. You could claim a table and study, claim a couch with friends and play Uno or Trivial Pursuit (just a couple of games provided by the coffeeshop), or take a chance with the coffeeshop’s collection of books. Did I mention there is free WiFi?

Crooked Tree is an actual house with three rooms opened up to each other and estate sale decor. It serves a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as ice cream and vegan pastries. It’s located at 2414 Routh St, just a turn off from the cosmopolitan streets of Uptown.

Crooked Tree might actually be Dallas’ worst kept secret, with rave reviews from D Magazine and Dallas Daily Candy, and 30% off coupons in the SMU coupon book, but it still has the indie, non-mainstream vibe that makes you think you stumbled upon the EP of an unknown band with a small but loyal following.