The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, January 14-17
Robert Gomez, Evan Jacobs
Wednesday, January 16, at Dan's Silverleaf, Free
A brand new effort from folk singer-songwriter Robert Gomez is called the Green Hour Residency at Dan's Silverleaf. Come during happy hour in Denton for improvisational music from Gomez and former Midlake musician Evan Jacobs. Gomez has been a busy man lately. Apart from the weekly residency, his most recent shows have included material from Severance Songs, a new concept album based on the short story collection Severance by Robert Olen Butler. Pile on top of that a high-profile performance alongside Sarah Jaffe on Jimmy Kimmel Live! pretty recently. See him Wednesday for some of his top-notch improv skills.
Vanna Inget, Occult Detective Club, Half Truths, Pink Smoke
Monday, January 14, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, $5/$7
Swedish band Vanna Ignet has the melodic punk thing down. Gorgeous female vocals overlay angst-ridden pop songs that further my love for all things Scandinavian (particularly the region's punk scene). See the foursome in Denton this week as they headline a show that costs less than your favorite craft beer. Local punk and new wave group Occult Detective Club are main support, and released a split 10" with Something Fierce not too long ago. Go listen to it on their Bandcamp. Show up early for Pink Smoke and Half Truths.
Big Mike's Box of Rock
Tuesday, January 15, at Lola's Saloon, $2
I know what you're thinking. I'm not too terribly keen on cover bands either, but Big Mike's Box of Rock delivers. The group recently started a new residency at Lola's Saloon each Tuesday and it covers the best rock 'n' roll songs from 1960 to 1999. Rock musician and all-around guitar-shredder "Big" Mike Richardson himself heads up the six-piece, as he has for his multiple DFW-based bands over the past 20 years. If you're in Fort Worth this week, a mere two bucks lets you see what they can do.
Daniel Hart, Dubb Nubb
Wednesday, January 16, at 5320 Tremont St., Free
In a last minute effort to support touring band Dubb Nubb, house show venue The Mountain House will be throwing a show with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hart, who picked up a lot of steam from supporting artists like St. Vincent and The Polyphonic Spree. His solo album, The Orientalist, is ethereal and romantic. St. Louis folk trio Dubb Nubb is all sisters, two of which are identical twins. The instinctual sibling/twin frequency doesn't fail them when it comes to making lovely, harmony-rich folk tunes.
Ellen Once Again, Mary Walker, Mikaela Kahn
Thursday, January 17, at The Crown and Harp, $3
I'm surprised this show isn't more expensive, considering the fantastic assemblage of Texas talents. Headlining Thursday night is soulful singer-songwriter Ellen Once Again, who, like a young Lauryn Hill, effortlessly blends soul and pop and overlays it with vocals that I'm convinced will only get better with age. Denton's Mary Walker just released her debut full-length, Heavy Hearts, which takes piano and guitar and turns it into irresistible, cheeky pop. She'll be one to watch in 2013. Jazz pianist Mikaela Kahn weaves elements of R&B into her aesthetic, is a member of Ben Folds' Symphony Choir and will open Thursday's show. You heard right.
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