It’s been a few weeks, but what a set of pics to come roaring back with. The seminal alt-country band The Jayhawks have got the original line-up back together and are touring behind a really solid new album, Mockingbird Time. Sadly, I couldn’t personally make it to their November 16th show at the Granada Theater in Dallas, but thankfully, our intrepid rock photog, David Heidle could and did. Enjoy the shots… 













Man, oh, man! What a show. Unfortunately, I’ve only had to hear about what a great night of music last week’s Drive By Truckers / Centro-matic show was, as I was out of town. Thankfully, our man-on-the-scene David Heidle was not only in-town, but all over the Granada Theater in Dallas.

Opening the show was Texas favorites Centro-matic, who have been friends with DBT for years. That friendship showed, as Centro leader (and wonderfully wooley-bearded) Will Johnson played guitar for the Truckers during their set, due to lead Trucker Patterson hood’s playing hand being stitched up after a nasty cut.

You don’t have to just assume that this was a show worth catching, Noah from the Dallas Observer thought it was pretty special, too. Heidle was able to make his way through the sold-out crowd to snap up some mighty fine pics.








While the again-bustling Dallas neighborhood of Deep Ellum is indeed feeling the positive effects of resurgence, it is and will always be tough for me to ever forget how good things were down there in the mid-1990′s when bands like Doosu, Funland, The Toadies, Hagfish and Tripping Daisy ruled Elm, Main, Canton and Crowdus streets, just east of Downtown Dallas.

Of course, that’s just me experiencing a bit of unnecessary flashback, the fact is, Dallas as a whole has been busting out some great acts in recent years, and many of those bands involve key figures from the aforementioned “glory days” bands. Take, for example, Casey Hess from Doosu, now with Descender, and even more recently, how about Tim DeLaughter, the noted frontman for Tripping Daisy and Polyphonic Spree. He’s heading up a new project named Preteen Zenith and in advance of their debut live performance on Saturday at the Gorilla Vs Bear Festival, the band released a track that gives us all a feel for what we can expect from future releases from the band.

Abstraction by Preteen Zenith

We are getting a rare treat, here in Texas. Australian musical super-heroine Kasey Chambers makes her return and she is packing a new album that’s every bit as great as we’ve seen from her in the past. There are some fans out there that weren’t as impressed with Carnival, her third album, and Little Bird, the new one, should win them back. That is, if the splendid 2008 roots album she recorded with her husband, Rattlin’ Bones, didn’t win them over.

The new disc seems to offer a sampling of everything Chambers does well. Gritty country-rock, smokey, bluesy numbers, and especially, acoustic, rootsy shuffles. her trademark vocals are as precious as they’ve always been and seem to have a slight edge about them that has likely come with simply growing more experienced as a woman, wife and mother.

After a small amount of stops in 2008 (on of which included a visit to the Cactus Cafe in Austin), we haven’t had the pleasure of hosting her since. This week, Chambers makes a number of stops in Texas, beginning in Austin at Momo’s on Thursday (don’t forget the free in-store performance at Waterloo Records at 5pm), then The Texas Theatre in Sam Marcos on Friday before hitting the Granada Theater in Dallas on Saturday.

In fact, while you get ready for these shows, check out the video to Chambers latest single, “Beautiful Mess” below!

In our second edition of Rockin’ The Lens, David Heidle hit The Granada Theater in Dallas this past Saturday night for a show that certainly tore it up. Denton’s Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward made great use of their time as opening act for one of their musical heroes, while Slobberbone came out and made sure everyone knew why it is people have been so excited about their return. Don’t take my word for it. Let Dave’s pics do the talking!















Rodney Parker & 50 Peso reward impressed with tunes from the last two offerings, including alst year's EP, the Apology, Part I.

OK, for those who may be new to this here blog, or for those who just don’t pay close attention sometimes, we really love us some Slobberbone, here at Best of Texas. We also love us some concerts at the Granada Theater in Dallas.

So, with that out of the way, it’s of little wonder that this Saturday’s show at the Granada Theater is of extremely high interest to us. Slobberbone, along with Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, will be gracing and sweating on the stage of the grand, old room, and it will be incendiary.

What’s even better is that we have some tickets to give awy to this most drool-worthy of shows. Thanks to our friends at the Granada, the first person to email me at kelly.dearmore@bestoftexas.com with the words “THE MIGHTY SLOBBERBONE!” will have their name on the list with a “plus one” for a friend, even.

Do yourself a favor and hit up this Slobberbone 101 write-up I posted a few months ago. You’ll be so glad you did!!

Eight of Dallas’s premier DJs will be battling it out in a head-to-head format know as Red Bull Thre3Style come February 19th! Competing DJ’s include Joe Vega, NVS, Danny West, Fishr Pryce, Danny V, Trek, D-Roz and Rev.

Headlining the show is none other than DJ Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys. Guest judges include notable DJs and industry leaders including DJ A1 from the Cannabinoids, Kwasar of Chocolate Groove, DJ Enferno, Delano, Ben of the Rec Shop and DJ Sober.

Red Bull Thre3 Style - whos the best party rocker in the Big D?Not quite your standard DJ battle—far from it actually—Red Bull THRE3Style is a creative and innovative event format where the true art of party rockin’ is put to the test. Red Bull Thre3Style is a DJ contest that promises to be a night of dance-floor mayhem. Each DJ is challenged to play a selection of at least three genres or styles of music in a 15 minute set. Genres don’t matter, all that matters is the DJs ability to mix them and make them work together.

Participating DJs are judged on their track-selection, technical skills, creativity and most importantly their ability to bring the house down. It doesn’t matter if they know all the DJing tricks and techniques in the book, if they can’t get the feet on the dance floor and hands in the air, they don’t stand a chance of winning a Red Bull Thre3Style.

More than 20 US Qualifiers will take place this year. The winner of each qualifier will win $1,000 US and compete in a Regional final. The Winner of each regional battle wins the chance to fly to Las Vegas in November for the national Red Bull THRE3Style Championship. The national champ then travels to Vancouver, Canada to compete in the global finals against the world’s best party-rock DJs in hopes of being crowned the International Red Bull THRE3Style champion!

Excited yet? Well guess what? Best of Texas and BestBuzz.bz are giving away Four VIP Tickets to the Red Bull Thre3Style DJ Event in Dallas, TX at the Granada Theater on February 19th, 2011.

To win, go “Like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas, and tell us the craziest thing you would do for Red Bull VIP tickets! Be creative…videos are welcome!

Don’t forget: DOWNLOAD the free BestBuzz app on your iPhone or Android and ‘Buzz-in’ with your phone at the Thre3Style party to be entered to Win VIP Tickets to the Thre3Style FINALS in May 2011.

Red Bull THRE3Style
February 19th, 2011
Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

Get ready for the third annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series benefit to be held at the Granada Theater in Dallas on November, 14th. Featuring the famed Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s , The O’s, Salim Nourallah, and Shibboleth, this CF benefit will be the ideal way to kick off the holiday giving season.

Who says that you can’t have a great time dancing all in the name of a good cause? The concert series and the CF foundation’s goals are one in the same; “to assure the development of the means to cure and control CF and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.”

Join in on the event and give to a worthy cause by raising awareness about CF and progress towards research for a cure.

When, Where and How:
November 14th , 2009, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Purchase Tickets Online Here

and he’s inviting fans to take a peek behind the scenes of his new ‘Killing Moon’ video, to boot!

It’s no secret I’m a fan of moody music. One glance at my CD collection will find lots of rainy day, melancholic music: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Winterpills, Mason Jennings, and yes, Greg Laswell. And I’m not alone in sticking him in that category, as the LA Times puts it, ““He feeds depression and dejection into his tune-making mill and out come melodic marvels that lift the spirit.”

Greg Laswell is a supremely talented Los Angeles based producer and songwriter, and since his debut Vanguard release, Through Toledo, I’ve been hooked. Greg Laswell displays his knack for lush orchestral arrangements and captivating vocals on his new ‘Covers’ EP which will see its release on October 6 on Vanguard Records.

On October 14th, Mr. Laswell will be gracing the stage at the Granada Theater as the opening act for Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop of the Scottish alt-roack outfit Travis (another Warr household favorite.) Tickets are available here on the Granada Theater’s website.

Until then, meet Greg Laswell, courtesy of Filter, who debuted Laswell’s behind-the-scenes video for the song “Killing Moon” from his forthcoming EP, Covers. The video offers a  look at the work that went into Lawell’s reimagining of the classic Echo and The Bunnymen track, ‘Killing Moon.’

The video highlights his attention to detail — as well as how background noise can sabotage even the most well-planned take.

Greg Laswell – Killing Moon from Vanguard Records on Vimeo.