- Glitterature, “Fancy Stock”
I could tell you that I chose to start the playlist with Glitterature was because of the awesome beat. I could say that it was because I felt the song helps push the boundaries of what electronica can be. It’s not that there’s no truth to those statements. But I’ll be honest, the first image I want you to see on the playlist is a glittery cat. And really, what better image could a blogger ask for?
- Salim Nourallah, “Permanent Holiday”
Next week, I’ll return to doing a Spotify playlist. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t have Salim’s new album Skeleton Closet available for streaming. After hearing him perform this song live Wednesday, I knew I had to share this track. It’s one of my favorites from his latest release, and Mr. Nourallah shows no signs of his songwriting skills slowing down at all.
- Paper Saints, “Flying”
I’ve mention the band several times on the blog, and if you haven’t listened to them yet, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. I was a fan after my first listen to this song, which proves that Lysandra Chapman’s skills go beyond the keyboards and backing vocals displayed in The Chloes. I’m super excited to host the debut performance of Paper Saints August 29th at Tradewinds Social Club. Signals and Alibis are also on the bill, which makes the night all that much cooler.
- Lydia Low, “Mad Mad Maggie”
Ms. Low is currently on tour with The Holophonics, who are regarded as one of the best ska acts in the metroplex. I do hope, however, that Lydia does not neglect her solo career. There’s a mysterious sensuality in her vocals, and the guitar work on this track is solid. I’ve yet to see Ms. Low perform live yet, but would love to change that ASAP.
- The Hundred Inevitables, “Give It All Away”
Their new album is Decade of Downtime, though I do believe it’s 15 years to be exact. Either way, I’ve missed this band and welcome their return.
- Charley Crockett, “A Stolen Jewel”
My mother is a lover of blues music, and she felt compelled to share the recent Dallas Observer article about Charley Crockett with me. After reading about Mr. Crockett and listening to his music, I quickly became a fan. I don’t know if he will permanent set roots in the area, as he does have a history as a sort of wandering troubadour. I will say that I will gladly welcome whatever time this talented musician decides to share with us.
- Telegraph Canyon, “Why Let It Go”
I recently received an advanced copy of the band’s new album, You From Before. There are plenty of great songs that I anxiously await the opportunity to share with my GOBL readers. For now, however, you’ll have to settle for the first single from the album.
- Black Books, “Something to Remember”
The Ghost is always down for something dreamy and shoegazy. And Austin’s Black Books created all that when it wrote “Something to Remember”.
- Panic Volcanic, “Skin and Bones”
I have mixed feelings about the band’s win at the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards for Best Metal Act. Let me make this clear; I think Panic Volcanic rocks, and rocks hard. Songs like “Skin and Bones” are rough, raw, and everything that is right about rock. But is it metal? Sure, lead vocalist Ansley Dougherty can scream with the best of them. Still, it doesn’t feel like metal to me, just good old fashioned rock and roll.
- Three Bones, “Hold on to Ya”
This may be my favorite song from outside the metroplex area right now. Austin’s Three Bones combine elements of garage rock, soul, and indie in a potent two and a half minute package. Victoria de Benedicty’s tone is a little quirky to be certain, but when she wails towards the end, it’s a powerful thing.
- Grades of Absolute Truth, “Hearsay”
Since Ducado Vega hasn’t uploaded any new sounds to his Soundcloud page, I’m giving G.O.A.T. another spin in the playlist. After all, I’ve got to plug Mr. Vega’s Video Release Party Saturday at Ash Studio, you know?
- Sundae Crush, “Toxic Slime”
Sometimes we music critics come up with some unusual ways to describe bands. I think to describe a band as “The Waitresses reincarnated as a twee act” certainly qualifies as unusual. Yet that’s exactly what I think of when I hear Sundae Crush. The title “Toxic Slime” feels like a contradiction to the sweet, airy psychedelic feel of the song, but that’s just me.
- Rude King, “Coming Back to You”
I just felt this playlist needed a little ska, that’s all.
- The Tontons, “Magic Hour”
Houston based act The Tontons are a hard one to pin down. They’ve been described as alternative, indie, and even bluesy. Yet if I was forced to narrow their sound down to one word, it would have to be pop. The Tontons know how to write a catchy song. In fact, I’d say they’ve made a career out of it.
- Stereo Control, “Shine”
Here’s some more pop, though this time with a stronger indie vibe to it. The band plays Friday night at Caves Lounge, for those curious to hear more from this Dallas band.
- Reinventing Jude, “1919”
Jude Gonzalez and her bandmates will be playing Tuesday, August 4th along with Colab. This will be the band’s last Dallas show before they head off to Europe, so get your Jude fix while you can. Their next Dallas show isn’t until October 2nd when they play Sundown at Granada.
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