Index Festival Gets A Little Bigger and A Little Better In Its Third Year

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Mike Brooks

Index Music Festival
Deep Ellum, Dallas
Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28, 2014

There's something particularly thrilling about seeing Local Natives perform as the Dallas skyline shines brightly. If you're going to have a festival in a major American city, this is the way to do it. The band's music is incredibly full and climatic, so they're a perfect band to close out pretty much any festival. But, with all of these festivals springing up, unless your actual intention is for it to be all about the music -- and how often is it, really? -- you should set yourself apart in some way. Does Index Fest accomplish this?


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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at American Airlines Center, 9/26/14

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Friday, September 26, 2014

When the iconic opening riff to "Mary Jane's Last Dance" soared through the American Airlines Center on Friday night to begin the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' second number, it was clear the night would be a crowd-pleasing, hit-filled one. After almost 40 years of recording, Petty has amassed a number of household-name hit tunes, but to break out such a transcendently popular one that early was a telling choice. It was a good sign for the folks who came to revel in sing-along memories yet an ominous signal for the Petty purists who might've hoped for some deeper cuts and less-frequently played songs from the man that seems to be ageless.


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Hercules & Love Affair at Club Dada, 9/24/14

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Marcia Filipowicz
Hercules and Love Affair played Club Dada Wednesday night

Hercules and Love Affair
With Nick Monaco and DJ Red Eye
Club Dada, Dallas
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hercules & Love Affair, the product of Andy Butler and his ever-changing group of collaborators, no longer have the electro-disco pop sound that made such a bold impression on their self-titled 2008 debut album. Now touring on The Feast of The Broken Heart, a third album released this year, the sound is dirtier, mixing rough house and techno. "I wanted to leave organic instruments," explained Butler, in town last night to perform at Club Dada, "and embrace a big club sound with rough, tough techno house."

A brand new live incarnation of Hercules & Love Affair arrived in Dallas all the way back on Saturday, spent a few days rehearsing and kicked off their North American tour last night with a near-perfect, their first Dallas show in three years (not counting a DJ set in June).

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Oaktopia Was a Great Concept with a Messy Execution Over the Weekend

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Ed Steele
The crowds showed up for Oaktopia in Denton over the weekend
Oaktopia Festival
With Neon Indian, Immortal Technique and more
Denton
Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014

For a line-up that didn't really move the needle much, Oaktopia sure as hell brought out the kids. Which is a fantastic thing if you were a venue who could charge people who had bought a festival pass an extra $6 so they could get in to a see a show that never happened. On Friday night the announced DJ set by ex-local Neon Indian failed to occur due to the organizers of Oaktopia neglecting to provide the proper backline for the artist. How a festival fails to do this is a mystery that boggles the mind.


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Lily Allen at House of Blues, 9/15/14

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Syre Berman
The Sheezus herself at a recent tour stop in Miami
Lily Allen
With MR Little Jeans
House of Blues, Dallas
Monday September 15, 2014

On her first visit to Dallas at the House of Blues, Lily Allen took the stage purple-haired and dressed like a shiny bit of Christmas tinsel. She was surrounded by a backdrop of large baby bottles that lit up, perhaps as an allusion to her recent motherhood, or her own perpetual state of infancy. With the title of her latest album, Allen has proclaimed herself a God, or technically just the female Kanye West, known as "Sheezus". She opened with the album's title track, which resorts to Eminem-style tactics of name-dropping (often unkindly) every major contemporary pop star.


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Black Lips at Granada Theater, 9/13/14

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Mick Rock
The Black Lips: a little older, a little wiser, still pretty rowdy

The Black Lips
With King Khan & BBQ and PVC Street Gang
Granada Theater, Dallas
Saturday, September 13, 2014

There's been a fair amount of talk about rock 'n' roll music in the past few months. Whether it's an unintelligible acceptance speech by Alex Turner or the death sentence handed to it by Gene Simmons, the genre has been dancing in limbo.

Enter Black Lips with their delightfully depraved stage rapport, bringing together newer whip-smart garage sensibilities and classic-rock song styles. In all their stage-vomiting, firework-shooting, beer-spitting, clothes-stripping antics, they break down social barriers to bind everyone in a unifying endeavor: getting loaded and having a good time.

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At Dia de Los Toadies, Hometown Pride Was the Main Attraction

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Dia de Los Toadies Facebook Page/Michelle Pelissero
The Toadies on Saturday Night in Fort Worth.

Dia De Los Toadies Festival
With the Toadies, Old 97's, Ume, Quaker City Night Hawks, Pleasant Grove, Somebody's Darling, Residual Kid, The Longshots and Blank-Men
Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth
Saturday, September 13, 2014

With apologies to the out-of-town artists that performed during Saturday's Dia de Los Toadies concert at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, the event was indeed a parade of musical civic pride. And with further apologies to any attendees under 30 years of age, and there were a good bit of you there, you may have enjoyed the near flawless sets from such pedigreed acts as the Toadies, Old 97's and Pleasant Grove, but you likely did so without the nostalgic gut punch that most of us older folks experienced.

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Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IV at Granada Theater, 9/12/14

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Photo courtesy Flickr user Zawezome

Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IV
With Panda Bear, SOPHIE, Ejecta, Doss and Blues Control
Granada Theater, Dallas
Friday, September 12, 2014

The first song I recall falling in love with was "Kokomo," the '88 Beach Boys radio hit. I was four or five and in my mom's car on the way to kindergarten the first time I heard it. It was lovely and strange. I felt immediately different, like I was somewhere else or someone else -- a better but more abstract where and who. The sensation, as vivid as the first moment, remains with me. But I've still yet to unlock what it means to me exactly, though I know I enjoy it. It's either pathos or bliss, I'm not sure which. Like the way very hot water can feel icy cold to the first touch, it's a feeling so intense as to cause confusion.

From child to adult, from music fan to music writer, it's a feeling I've been chasing ever since. A yardstick to measure all other musical sensations against--that indefinable moment where all things felt possible within the space of a single pop song. For some reason, Panda Bear taps into that same feeling more than any other act I've found (save for the Beach Boys themselves, of course, alongside Brian and Dennis' solo material).

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The Old 97's Played an Impromptu Set at Twilite Lounge Last Night for Rhett Miller's Birthday

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Vic Nguyen via Twitter
Rhett Miller celebrated his birthday in style Thursday night at Twilite Lounge
This one might've gotten by you last night. It nearly got by us.

Thursday night at Twilite Lounge is normally the territory for Good Luck Karaoke, but last night the routine got put on hold and singer-songwriter Madison King played a show instead. Oh, and it was also Rhett Miller's birthday. Which is how the Old 97's wound up playing a surprise 20-minute set in Deep Ellum just a little after midnight.

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Do It For Durrett Benefit at Billy Bob's Texas, 9/8/14

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Alexandria Gray
It was a memorable night Monday as Billy Bob's remembered Richard Durrett

Do It for Durrett Benefit
Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth
Monday, September 8, 2014

Even if you don't religiously follow the Texas Rangers, it's impossible to miss the mark that Richard Durrett left on the Dallas media landscape. In the years that he spent cutting his teeth at Texas Christian University and eventually in his latest role at ESPN Dallas, by all accounts Richard Durrett was one of those guys that doesn't come around too often. One of the good ones.

It is unfortunate that we have to talk about Durrett in the past tense, but here we are. Put simply, this kind of awful couldn't have happened to a better guy. Making an already tragic situation worse, Durrett left behind a pregnant wife and two small children. In the wake of his death, the Dallas music and sports communities banded together Monday night at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth to raise money to support the beloved family that Durrett left behind.

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