Tonight, Tonight: Hellogoodbye at the House of Blue's Cambridge Room , That 1 Guy at Dan's Silverleaf, Young Prisms at City Tavern and Playlister P at the Double Wide
Tuesday's not quite as busy as last night, but there are still a few interesting events to take in this evening.
Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel, You Me and Everyone We Know and Now, Now Every Children at Cambridge Room at the House of Blues
A very wordy and grammatically confusing bill tonight at The Cambridge Room. Headlining is Hellogoodbye, a nice little power pop outfit from California. Led by Forrest Kline (great name), Hellogoodbye is capable of covering a song like John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and not making a complete shambles of it. Such chutzpa speaks to what makes the band moderately great. Will It Kill You?, the band's 2010 effort, completely abandons the emo punk leanings of past efforts and instead centers on Kline's love of classic '60s pop. More often than not, it works, as songs like "Getting Old" and "When We First Met" sound like Big Star without all of the angst. Chicago's Gold Motel, D.C.'s You, Me and Everyone We Know and Minneapolis' Now, Now Every Children add girth to a bill that's almost too big for the flyer.
That 1 Guy at Dan's Silverleaf
Mark Silverman is That 1 Guy, and the Las Vegas native does one of the best one-man musical theater pieces anyone's ever likely to catch on a Tuesday night in Denton. Silverman is a classically trained bassist who assists himself on percussion by banging just about anything at hand -- most often something called The Magic Pipe, a seven-foot tall collection of steel plumbing equipment, with orchestral bass strings and various electronics. It's every bit as imposing as it sounds. Silverman's a heady and heavy dude with a lot to say and a damn crazy way of saying it. If Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart were still alive, I'm sure they would approve of this one guy.
Young Prisms and Melted Toys at City Tavern
Young Prisms is an interesting shoegaze outfit from San Francisco that sounds pretty much like The Jesus and Mary Chain. Whether or not that is a good thing is a matter of opinion, but this particular critic doesn't mind another band aping a band that aped The Velvet Underground. Sometimes noise itself is music. Once in a while, it's even quite good.
Playlister P at the Double Wide
Our music editor, no longer running his monthly at The Libertine, will be popping over to the Double Wide tonight to play music of all varieties over the beloved Deep Ellum venue's sound system. It will be awesome. [Editor's Note: I may or may not have written this blurb.]