Tori Amos at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 7/29/14

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Jessie Frye meets her idol Tori Amos

Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With local singer/songwriter (and admitted Tori Amos worshipper) Jessie Frye in tow, I made my way into the hoity confines of the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening to catch the flamboyant theatrics of Tori Amos. Bringing along an Amos expert like Frye was my ace in the hole.


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Elvis Depressedly at Prophet Bar, 7/28/14

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Elvis Depressedly's Mat Cothran, a thoughtful young artist
Elvis Depressedly
With Alex G, the Vliets and Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things
Prophet Bar, Dallas
Monday, August 28, 2014

Among other endless phenomena, the Internet has prompted the breeding of a new generation of bedroom auteurs. Traditionally, the house garage was the cocoon from which great bands emerged--something about the proximity to oil cans and trash bags possibly triggered the uncontrollable outpouring of rock music. In contrast, the intimacy of bedroom recordings has been a catalyst for a new wave of idealized indie sounds, those of the lowest-fi, deliberately remote and DIY audio. At the Prophet Bar on Monday night a collection of Internet-famous bands came together to play in 3D.


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Cirque du Soleil's THE IMMORTAL at American Airlines Center, 7/25/14

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Michael Jackson with a Cirque du Soleil filter
THE IMMORTAL
Cirque du Soleil
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Friday, July 25, 2014

Inside the American Airline Center a child of maybe five years stands next to the Cirque Du Soleil merch table wearing a replica of Michael Jackson's red leather jacket from the "Beat It" video. He's pointing out excitedly what merch he wants to his grandmother, choosing a shirt, a program and most importantly a $40 sparkling fedora. He puts it on, and adds a sparkling glove, then proceeds to pose for photos for people passing him for a good 15 minutes. The smile fixed on the child's face conveys the joy in the air, and everyone in attendance seems to share the same enthusiasm.


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Fitz & the Tantrums at House of Blues, 7/24/14

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Fitz & the Tantrums kept their feet on the ground at House of Blues on Thursday
Fitz & the Tantrums
House of Blues, Dallas
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pop music has always been interested in making us dance. Pop stars, not so much. If it was up to the average star, pop music would only be found in the aisles of sold-out arena shows, or on the edge of your (uncomfortable) seats -- and definitely not on the House of Blues' dance floor, amongst a cheery, sweaty crowd. You only needed one glance at the sea of grooving bodies on Thursday night to know that Fitz & the Tantrums take their pop status very seriously.

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JEFF the Brotherhood at Club Dada, 7/23/14

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Mike Brooks
JEFF the Brotherhood brought some extra band members and a lot of hair to Club Dada
JEFF the Brotherhood
With Sealion and Not in the Face
Club Dada, Dallas
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The headliner gets the smoke machine. JEFF The Brotherhood is the headliner, therefore, they get the smoke machine. The band is tucked neatly under tufts of smoke, playing their hearts out to a crowd of manic fans inside Club Dada. It's funny, the title of the band's latest album is Hypnotic Nights and it couldn't be a more apt or self-aware or aspirational banner. Those manic fans in the front, in the eye of the mosh pit storm, are in a trance.


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Beyoncé and Jay Z at AT&T Stadium, 7/22/14

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Beyoncé led the way at AT&T Stadium with husband Jay Z last night
Beyoncé and Jay Z
AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For the first half of her and Jay Z's appearance at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday night, it looked like this show was all about Beyoncé. Every time she was onstage, Bey's presence trumped that of anyone else in sight -- including the Greatest himself. She danced, shook and sang like a woman on a mission, every movement authoritative, every moment used to assert her supremacy. Jay Z was left to feel like a glorified hype man.

But by the time the night had ended, the On the Run Tour had become something different altogether.

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The Antlers at Trees, 7/19/14

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The Antlers' Peter Silberman in action at Trees on Saturday night
The Antlers
With Thus Owls
Trees, Dallas
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I was more than a little shocked when I walked in to Trees on Saturday night. Call me stupid, but my expectation was a respectable and respectful turnout for the Antlers. After all, this is a band whose main currency is lyrical explorations of mortality, wrapped in atmospheric (read "mournful") music, often delivered in a delicate falsetto. Wonderful music for a late night with the stereo, but not exactly Deep Ellum date-night fare.


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Steely Dan at WinStar Casino, 7/18/14

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This is the most excited Steely Dan allows themselves to get
Steely Dan
WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Friday, July 18, 2014

At Winstar Casino in Oklahoma last Friday night, Steely Dan marched in with a sophisticated army of 13 musicians armed to mellow you out. The band's music always has a peculiarly lukewarm character, not quite uptempo enough to rock out to, nor emotive enough to be transporting. While other bands of their time were experimenting with psychedelic sounds and drugs, it would appear that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker preferred sitting around the studio passing around a joint. The result evokes the smooth and sentimental sound of an '80s romance movie -- which, sonically speaking, is exactly what the first half of the show resembled.

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The Mavericks at the Granada Theater, 7/19/14

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Bill Ellison
The Mavericks played for two hours at Granada Theater on Saturday
The Mavericks
The Granada Theater, Dallas
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rarely does a band get back together and return to anything close to the form it once had. But judging by their performance Saturday night at the Granada Theater, the Mavericks are the exception to the rule. Since reforming in 2012 (after an 8 year hiatus), the Mavericks have made one terrific album (2013's In Time) and continue to be an outstanding live act.

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Lady Gaga at American Airlines Center, 7/17/14

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Lady Gaga performing on her artRave tour
Lady Gaga
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Who is Lady Gaga? It's a question she may have asked herself in recent months. Certainly the popular narrative would have you think so. In spite of releasing an album,artPOP, that went to No. 1 late last year, the buzz was that she's washed up. An album that was supposed to be a major event somehow didn't feel like one. An album release party that was supposed to be high art just felt like goofy fun. And then there was the R. Kelly video leak.

But when Gaga showed up Thursday night at American Airlines Center for the latest stop of her artRave tour, she seemed to know exactly who she is: Mother Monster. It's a good thing, too, for that's the role she plays best.

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