Pretty big deal #amirite?

So this weekend was a pretty epic event. I was fortunate enough to meet the peeps who put on the majority of the shows I go to.  It was a very surreal moment talking with people who get as excited about live music as I do. 

So this weekend was a pretty epic event. I was fortunate enough to meet the peeps who put on the majority of the shows I go to.  It was a very surreal moment talking with people who get as excited about live music as I do. 

The Cloud Nothings - absolutely a breath of fresh air

     I was lucky to have seen the Cloud Nothings on 11/13/2017 in Dallas Texas at Club Dada.  They are currently touring supporting their 2017 album "Life Without Sound" which is my top 3 favorite album this year. They sounded fantastic and had a great energy to them. After the show I was speaking with Guitarist Chris Brown and Bassist TJ Duke outside of the venue. I had asked if I could take a photo of them for my site and they had agreed. Shortly TJ left while I was speaking with Chris. I felt bad because I figured I ran TJ off by asking for a photo with them in their free time. But roughly five minutes after he came back with the rest of the band (Dylan Baldi and Jayson Gerycz)  I was absolutely shocked they were taking time out for a simple photo for me. I meet a lot of bands but rarely have I had the pleasure of such a great conversation and shown so much respect for simply being a fan of a band.  I hope the best for them on the road!

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The only reason I had gone to this years Warped Tour was for a comic book vendor...

     This years Warped Tour had artwork from my favorite comic book company Valiant Comics. I decided to drive 5 and a half hours to get some free swag at their booth since they have not been at any comic conventions in the south yet.  The comic book store they were working with in Dallas bailed the last moment and they didn't have a booth so I was super upset!   Towards the end of the festival I ran into a guy wearing a Valiant T-Shirt and it was Atom! Freeman the Sales Manager for Valiant Comics.  He was a super cool dude and gave me a big ass bag of Valiant loot.  It was so much fun nerding it out with him for about 30-40 minutes about the direction Valiant is taking.

     The Warped Tour was actually rather fun. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of really terrible bands but there were some gems in there that made the experience very much worth going to.  T.S.O.L., Watsky, Fire From the Gods, Futuristic, Valient Thorr, Hundredth, and several others made the 45 dollar entry fee worth it even before I got about 100 dollars of Valiant swag.

Some times you just forget all your shit.

     So I was in a hurry to get on the road for a 5 and a half hour drive to Dallas Texas to see Rammstein tonight and I forgot all of my clothing and other toiletries.  The only things that I had brought with me was my camera, concert ticket, and laptop so I can log in to work tomorrow from my AirBnB rental.  WHICH, the people at the place I am staying are super cool so far. They speak little English and I speak no Spanish but so far so good. We do a lot of nodding I have found.  I am getting my drink on with some Guinness Foreign Extra. I have drank barrels and barrels of Guinness but have not had this before. It is quite delightful! 

I am hoping to get some decent photos today. Rammstein is a HUGE band and I am sitting out in the 85 dollar a ticket section so its pretty far back there at the Starplex Pavilion.  I am staying another night and an option for a show to see is Boston with Joan Jett.  Not saying that is not a fun line up but want to make sure there are not any other bands at Trees, Three Links, or Club DaDa tomorrow night. 

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New Music - At the Drive-In

in•ter a•li•a - The main talking point you will hear about this album is that it is the first album from ATDI in 17 years. The second talking point you will read in most reviews is that it is not as great as their last album "relationship of command". If you look at the musicians resumes you would be blown away that collectively they have released about 40+ albums since then (mostly thanks to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez who released 17 or so this year)

17 years ago they broke up into The Mars Volta and Sparta (who I was lucky to see two time and they were great) 

Anyhow this new album is fantastic to me.  After about 20 listens I absolutely love this album and  cannot wait to see them in Oklahoma! 

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EDIT:// The show has been canceled. :( I have already been refunded back on my ticket purchase at least. REALLY was looking forward to that show too! It was going to happen this coming up Tuesday . 

Riverfest 2017 - Little Rock Arkansas

There are a lot of neat bands to check out this weekend in Little Rock. The acts that I am looking forward to the most at this time are Tank & The Bangas, JOAN, Brother Moses, and Morris Day & the Time. I have seen the majority of the headlining bands but highly recommend checking out Seratones live. They have a lot of energy and are a lot of fun.  I will be posting photos from each night of the festival. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND

CAGE THE ELEPHANT  //  9:30 P.M.
GROUPLOVE  //  7:30 P.M.
JON BELLION  //  6:00 P.M.
BILLY CURRINGTON  //  9:30 P.M.
COLT FORD  //  7:30 P.M.
DYLAN SCOTT  //   6:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD

WIZ KHALIFA  //  9:30 P.M.
COLD WAR KIDS  //  8:00 P.M.
MOON TAXI  //  6:30 P.M.
THE JOY FORMIDABLE  //  5:00 P.M.
SERATONES  //  3:30 P.M.
TANK & THE BANGAS  //  2:15 P.M.
DAZZ & BRIE  //  1:15 P.M.
JUSTIN MOORE  //  9:30 P.M.
CODY JINKS  //  8:00 P.M.
CRAIG CAMPBELL  //  6:30 P.M.
CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED  //  5:00 P.M.
SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD  //  3:30 P.M.
THE WILDFLOWER REVUE  //  2:30 P.M.
RUNAWAY PLANET  //  1:15 P.M.


SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH

AMASA HINES  //  7:30 P.M.
HERE COME THE MUMMIES  //  5:45 P.M.
BIG PIPH & TOMORROW MAYBE  //  4:30 P.M.
BROTHER MOSES  //  3:15 P.M.
JOAN   //  2:15 P.M.
JACK FERRARA  //  1:15 P.M.
MORRIS DAY & THE TIME  //  7:15 P.M.
ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N.  //  5:30 P.M.
THE HIP ABDUCTION  //  4:15 P.M.
DEFRANCE  //  2:45 P.M.
VINTAGE PISTOL  //  1:15 P.M.
 

Graphic Novel recommendation - "The Best We Could Do" from Thi Bui

This graphic novel was a fantastic experience!  I was walking through a book store and the cover caught my eye. After flipping through the pages I immediately was intrigued by it and purchased it.  I do not want to give anything away so I will not try to sell it and tell you all about it. Below is the link to the site of the book and you can check it out if you are looking for something to read.

 

The Best We Could Do

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Music Festival - Not So Fun Wknd 2017 Dallas Texas

Greetings from Dallas! This weekend I will be trying to take as many photos and notes as possible from all the live acts in Deep Ellum. I have been testing with the Twitter and Instagram feeds and they seem to update somewhat often but we shall see! I have been on the internet since the early 90's but have never really been a fan of social networking.  It just feels (even typing this) odd lol... Tonight I will be going between two different clubs for shows; tomorrow three! Sunday is a lazy day and all bands will be in the same venue.

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Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe

     Back in 1992 Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and David Lapham made my SINGLE favorite comic book issue of all time. Rai #0.  This was the FIRST publicly sold #0 comic EVER... (the official first #0 was Harbinger #0 mail-away that you had to cut coupons from books and mail off for) The issue laid down the the time line of the ENTIRE VALIANT UNIVERSE... It was like listening in on a Valiant team meeting or something... Hearing all the secrets of the Universe!  

   On June 14th Valiant will be releasing RAI #1 The History of the Valiant Universe as a map of the new Valiant Universe.  EVERYTHING Valiant Entertainment has done with Rai has been great and I highly suggest checking it out if you are looking for a Marvel or DC replacement.

More information soon to be at their official site http://www.valiantentertainment.com/

Tour Update - At The Drive-In

It has been over 17 years since At The Drive-In released  their last album "Relationship of Command". Recently they have announced a new album on the way as well as a tour to promote it at http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/tour/ 

This band is from El Paso Texas and is a HIGH energy group. I highly suggest checking them out if you have a chance. I was able to pick up a ticket for their Oklahoma show for 40 dollars.

Artist Update - Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Ensayo De Un Desaparecido

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has released his third studio album of the year "Ensayo De Un Desaparecido" this week. This makes his 17th full length album since January 2016.   It may actually be more, but I was sick of counting. You may know this guy as the lead singer of the band "The Mars Volta" and prior to that "At the Drive-In".  This album along with his others are very experimental which make it pretty exciting to listen to.  So if you are sitting there thinking "wow I wish I had something to listen to" check out one of his albums.

His official site is at http://orlprojects.com/