Index Festival Announces Second Round of Bands

Mark N. Kartarik
Dawes are among the bands that have been added to the Index Festival lineup this week

The folks at Index Festival continued their staggered announcement process yesterday for their 2014 lineup, announcing a slew of bands to add to the dozens that they already had revealed back in June. Granted, they were much more low-key this time around; there was no concert, no party, no Corby Davidson to announce the bands.

But that's a minor issue. With bands like Dawes, Mutemath and Dan Deacon getting added to the equation, there's plenty to be excited about by the new additions to the lineup.

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Toadies Announce 7th Annual Dia De Los Toadies Lineup

Matt Cooper
The Toadies always have more room for their home town
It's been more than 20 years since the Toadies dropped their signature record, Rubberneck. In fact, maybe you've heard about it. But what really makes the occasion seem significant is that the boys from Fort Worth are still going strong all these years later, gigging regularly around Texas and even headlining the Homegrown Festival in downtown Dallas earlier this year. At this point, the band is more than just an institution; they're a rite of passage for anyone who wants to claim the Lone Star State as their home.

That's where Dia De Los Toadies comes in. Every year for the past six year, the Toadies have held this celebration in their hometown. Yesterday they unveiled the full lineup for the seventh installment, set to take place on September 12 to 13 at Panther Island Pavilion.

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Kessler Theater to Host Trees Reunion Party on July 11

Mike Brooks
The streets of Deep Ellum bustled last weekend during the Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival
Next month, the Kessler will open its doors to hundreds of people in celebration of Trees, a music venue long revered for its contributions to the historic Deep Ellum community. As one of the neighborhood's earliest and most popular venues, Trees has been part of Dallas nightlife for over 20 years, and has long since established itself as one of the city's premiere music venues for varied and acclaimed talent.

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Future Islands Top First Round of Index Festival Bands

Ed Steele
Index Festival, bringing the party to you
What a production. The folks at Index Festival have gone out of their way this year to build up anticipation for the show, now in its third year, which will happen in late September. Case in point was last night's announcement party at Trees, which was sponsored by Chicago brewer Goose Island and featured performances from a half-dozen local bands. And they weren't even announcing the entire lineup.

The take away? Current indie darlings Future Islands will be the headlining act for the Deep Ellum festival.

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Panda Bear to Headline Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IV in September

Andrew Shepard
For the fourth year running, Dallas' Gorilla Vs. Bear music blog will be teaming up with the folks at Lower Greenville's Granada Theater to curate their very own music festival. Past years have attracted big-name indie artists like Danny Brown and Grimes as headliners, and this year's installment, which takes place on September 12, is no different: GVB and the Granada just announced that Panda Bear will be the marquee act in 2014.

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Death Cab for Cutie to Headline KXT Summer Cut 2014

Mike Brooks
Fans celebrate at Summer Cut, 2013
This morning, 91.7 FM KXT announced the lineup for the third annual installment of Summer Cut, the local radio station's summer music festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Given the folkie vibe of last year's bill, which featured the likes of the Avett Brothers and Dawes, the headliners shouldn't come as a huge surprise: Ben Gibbard and his band of folk-tinged indie rockers, Death Cab for Cutie, top off Summer Cut 2k14, which will take place on Friday, August 15. Joining them will be Iron & Wine, the Hold Steady and several others.

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Index Festival to Host Free Announcement Party at Trees June 17

Ed Steele
Raise your hand if you can't wait for Index Festival
Deep Ellum's about to become pretty busy in the next couple weeks. Or is it just that much busier? Starting June 11, Elm St. will swarming with (presumably inked-up) concertgoers for five whole days, thanks to the Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival. Now in its fifth year, this is the event's biggest, most ambitious installment yet.

Not to miss out on the fun, the neighborhood's big autumn extravaganza, Index Festival, will be having its own mini-celebration on Tuesday, June 17. While festival itself doesn't take place until September, the organizers will host a free party at Trees to unveil this year's lineup.

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George Quartz's The Last Resort Performance Art Triptych Concludes this Saturday

Lauren Smart

Sand blankets a warehouse floor in west Dallas, a space aglow with the fluorescence of artificial tree-life. There's three bikini-clad women bathed in blood. An audience convulses like spirits locked in exorcism pangs. On the horizon sits the Dallas skyline, shimmering and stoic, like massive sticks of studded jewelry. At the center stands an artist at one with a concept, a musician named George Quartz. Tonight he's a cult leader. Tonight he's a Roman God. Tonight he's in control, the master of this hedonistic knot of human bodies and sensory blitz.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce September Dallas Visit

Mary Ellen Matthews
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their fans happy twice over this morning with the announcement of a new album and a slew of North American tour dates taking place in late summer. The album, Hypnotic Eye, due out on Reprise Records July 29, is Petty's 16th studio album and his first in four years. However, as part of a bonus offer, copies of the record will also be included in the ticket price for the 30-date tour, which features fellow rock legend Steve Winwood as opener and will pass through the Dallas area on September 26 at American Airlines Center.

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Judas Priest to Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest This November

Mike Brooks
Show us your horns: Judas Priest are coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest
Betcha didn't see this one coming: Austin's annual late-year concert extravaganza, Fun Fun Fun Fest, just revealed the lineup for this year's edition, and the headliners will be none other than everyone's favorite metalhead leatherboys, Judas Priest. That's right, of "Breaking the Law" fame. The same guys, in fact, who just released a music video earlier this afternoon for a new single, "March of the Damned."

It's not an entirely unprecedented move for the festival. Fellow metal legends Slayer have appeared on the bill twice in years past, including as recently as 2013. Priest's appearance will be an historic one, too: believe it or not, the Brits haven't played in Austin for 25 years.

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