|M83 at the Granada|
We decided to check back in with some of the people we interviewed this year for My First Show, and ask about favorite concerts, records, and most-wanted Christmas gifts. Bad Design's Steven Altuna takes the cake for best answer for a Christmas wish.
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Evan Johnson (Dead Flowers/Smile Smile): Best local show I saw was Somebody's Darling at Dada. It probably would have been their show at LaGrange opening for Shovels and Rope, but I missed it. Roadshow was either Delta Spirit or Yeasayer, both at House of Blues.
Stephen O'Sicky (This Will End): Would have to be the whole Coachella Festival. Refused, At the Drive-In, Childish Gambino, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, etc. It was amazing.
Christopher Robinson (Caterpillars): The best show I saw this year was The Velvet Teen at Dan's Silverleaf. I have been a fan for years but never got the chance to see them.
Brandon Butters (The West Windows/Things of Earth): Without question would have to be At the Drive-In at Trees. This was supposed to be a band I was never going to be able to see live. I'm extremely thankful for Kris Youmans bringing them to town. The online sale was an event in itself. I remember practically breaking my mouse trying to refresh the ticket page. But the show blew me away. I haven't been to a show with that much energy in a long time. My ribs were sore the next day. It was just a rowdy good time with the entire club singing (screaming?) along with every word.
Vinnie Tuley (Dead Flowers): Mugen Hoso at LaGrange. These two could be an amazing blues band, but they chose punk and do it right. Attitude and energy, huge sound for a two-piece.
John Paul Hossley (Bad Design): Wilco at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Totally amazing experience. The sound was impeccable, and Wilco put on one the best shows that I ever seen.
John Gillespie (Bad Design): Probably the Dirty Projectors at the Kessler Theater. Great venue, great band. I've seen them a few times, but I've usually had to travel quite a ways to do so. The opener, Wye Oak, was about as exciting as listening to paint dry, but the sound at the Kessler is fantastic and the Dirty Projectors sounded amazing.
Justin Young (Rich Girls/Auxiliary Voice/J. Charles & the Trainrobbers/Arm Tha Homeless): M83 at Granada. First time to see them and I walked in assuming it was a project that couldn't replicate the power/intensity of their albums. I was completely wrong on that front.
Clint Sawyer (Bad Design): I got to see Lincoln Durham open up for James McMurtry at Dan's Silverleaf back in June. Amazing set, very powerful performance. If you haven't had the chance to see him live, it is well worth it.
Steven Altuna (Bad Design): For pure scene factor it was The Eccotones on top of Cool Beans as a non-official 35 Denton show.
Jordan Kline (Ice Eater): After listening to them for 10 years, I finally got to see M83 at the Granada.