The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Live Acts In DFW

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Dale Jones of New Science Projects
Every day, thousands of bands play in every corner of the globe -- it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Here is a list of 10 DFW bands who you'll never forget seeing, according to the esteemed live music lovers at DC9 at Night. Our panel of experts on this particular one includes Jaime-Paul Falcon, Gavin Cleaver, Brian Rash, Douglas Davis, Shahryar Rizvi, Alan Ayo, Eric Grubbs and Kelly Dearmore.

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New Science Projects
What used to be a one-man show with folk-punk guitarist Dale Jones has morphed into a full-fledged punk band. The group follows Jones' lead, with uniform war paint and red and black makeup smeared all over their faces, necks, hands and arms. The group is known for getting sweaty as Jones shouts incomprehensible banter (and sometimes lyrics) once he goes into his possessed character. He writhes and wriggles his way into the crowd, smearing sweat and makeup onto people's shirts as he screams lyrics about politics and society into the microphone and their faces. The crowd is just as much a part of the set as the band is, and Jones is particularly adept at getting everyone singing along. You'll seldom see the band on a stage, as New Science Projects prefer the floor, where the people are.

Bad Sports, Mind Spiders
At the Dallas Observer Music Awards a couple years back that a rowdy threesome pissed off what looked to be a few upper middle class, white gentlemen. After Bad Sports guitarist Orville Neeley squirted a bottle of mustard over the crowd, an angry man retaliated by slapping him in the face. A few moments later, another man threw an overpriced beer at the band. Both were escorted out firmly by security, leaving the band in good spirits and the crowd cheering for more. That's the type of action you can expect to see at Bad Sports shows. You'll see much of the same brazenness at Mind Spiders shows, since the two bands share a member or two.

The Wee Beasties
If you've never seen a live Wee Beasties set, you're missing out. Lead singer and all-around troublemaker Richard Haskins is a combination of things: sweaty, loud as hell, obnoxious, perverted and often naked. His massive hairy body tests the elastic limits of his whitey-tighties as he blunders around stage instructing girls in the crowd to kiss each other, and inviting many of them up to the stage to dance, before singing music that inspires mosh pits to form at the front of the stage. It's some kind of magic.

Unconscious Collective
Bassist Aaron Gonzales, guitarist Greg Prichett and drummer Stefan Gonzales come together to form a production called Unconscious Collective, an Aboriginal-looking trio, decked out in bone necklaces, face paint and minimal clothing. Fusing jazz and blues elements into their calculative, math-laden rock, UC offers two compelling reasons to stick around -- one of which is entirely the music. These guys can certainly keep you entertained, dressed as primitive-looking hunters and gatherers, but their fast and then slow music has breathtaking crescendos that start and stop at the command of the drums, which Gonzales seems to control by spirit alone.



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33 comments
maddskillz
maddskillz

and this is why tribute bands are so popular. 

John Juett
John Juett

Missed the Mothership... Not sure when/ if you gonna figure it out.

Satan
Satan

I think "mind blowing" is a very big boy word you the Dallas Observer should never use again.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

"What used to be a one-man show with folk-punk guitarist Dale Jones has morphed into a full-fledged punk band."


What is punk about this?

Chud
Chud

The P-Town Skanks

will106
will106

(and i'm not saying that because i don't like black dotz.... i'm just saying that it makes no sense)

will106
will106

"Going to one of their shows is what I imagine it might of been like to see Howlin Wolf playing in Sun Ra's living room while Wilson Pickett had a cigarette break on the front porch."

 i would just like to point out that this is a terrible analogy.

blah
blah

This really shows how utterly weak and dead the DFW scene is. Most of these bands have been beating a dead horse in this area for sooooo many years. Others haven't lived here in a long time (bad sports). Nothing new or exciting here, except ATL and Power Trip.

Darrell Crawford
Darrell Crawford

Paramount to the lack of actual musical skills in the DFW area is this list. SMH

melissa.holt34
melissa.holt34

Besides Bastardos have seen them live many times but what about The Razorblade Dolls

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

Paramount to the lack of musical skills in the DFW area is this list. Spreading paint on the audience, mustard, whatever is not really entertainment nor does it really make a good show. It makes a spectacle. When I want to go and see a band live it's not for any gimmicks such as these but for great musicianship and good energy. That is what blows my mind! Unfortunately, it is very few and far between with most of the live local acts I have caught or seen. The great bands that went on to be big bands from this area relied upon compelling music and great energy to make it. Pantera, one of the biggest bands ever to come out of Dallas did not rely on gimmicks to get people to their shows. That is the kind  of band that should make this list. Sad indeed. But then again, one of your Music Editors here defended Taylor Swift, so maybe this article is just par for the course.

Matt Bardwell
Matt Bardwell

Shit, where to begin. Sayonara, I AM WARBIRD, New Magnetic North. I could go on for hours.

zerowolf_12
zerowolf_12

No Urizen...? THAT is a live show you won't soon forget.

wanzdover
wanzdover

@will106 I read this and actually was surprised how on the mark it was. somewhat abstract, but she gets where we are coming from.


StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@blah At least they didn't include Edie Brickell, The Toadies, or Eryka Badu

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@blah i disagree, when mothership is on they can channel 70s motorhead

Jonathan
Jonathan

@ChangingF8 First off, Pantera doesn't currently play due to dead people.  Second, Butthole Surfers made a bigger impact on music than Pantera ever did and BS had a ridiculous stage show.  Third, musicians and musicianship is boring.  If you can't do anything other than play really well, be a studio musician.  No one is going to remember you if all you do is shred.  Now if you shred while your guitar is on fire and you spit whiskey all over the crowd you've stepped up to a showman.  Otherwise, you're just another boring dude.

maddskillz
maddskillz

 @ChangingF8  said the sheep. 

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

@Jonathan @ChangingF8 I think you are mistaken. One, is that the Surfers are not from DFW, and two is that Pantera had much more influence. I still hear bands today that have obvious influence from Pantera and they haven't been relevant since long before my friend was shot on stage. They had revitalized a genre that many though had died with bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden coming out with the alternative sound and a lot of the bands you hear playing metal today owe it to them. You can give a good, some say even great, stage show doing just what I said. With lots of energy and great musicianship. There are countless bands out there that do not feel the need to turn to gimmicks and they make a lot of money touring the World. In fact, I would say the majority of them have made more money than the Surfers have. All gimmick free. If you need to see gimmicks to be interested maybe you just don't really like good music?

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