This week gives us two varied acts on the music spectrum. In one corner: a legendary heavy metal band going on its fourth decade. In the other: a shoe-gazing experimental indie outfit 10 years in the business with a revolving door of members.
Judas Priest and Broken Social Scene both speak to gay men, albeit in very different ways. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has been singing his
power-sexed tunes since the ’70s but only since his coming out did songs like "Ram It Down" and "Turbo Lover" make a lot more sense.
JBroken Social Scene struck chords in gay men with songs on a more tender emo note. BSS creates slurring provocative dirges that speak to sexes on both sides of the fence. But it’s the undeniable regard for gay love in "I’m Still Your Fag" that confuses. Are they making fun or did they get a perfect snapshot of aching unrequited love?
Both bring their vastly different sounds to Dallas this week. But is it fair to say they are singing the same songs? In a very special Show vs. Show, we took the lyrics of a new generation gay love song against a 20-year-old song reliant on not-so-subtle subtext.
Judas Priest and Whitesnake at Nokia Theatre, 1001 NextStage Drive, Grand Prairie. Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. $15â€“$59. Ticketmaster.com.
Broken Social Scene with Telegraph Canyon at Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. $20. Ticketmaster.com.
If those walls and wallet are both bare bones, check out SEED. The art auction is a popular spot to snag original art for cheap — if no one outbids you.
SEED is a fundraiser for Art Conspiracy, an annual music and art event that raises money each year for a beneficiary. Artist Robb Conover is donating a painting and you’ll also find out-of-the-box items like home-cooked meals from locally grown ingredients. But it isn’t a typical arty fundraiser.
The unique aspect is SEED’s special arts project that highlights the show. "We try to find a very different medium for artists to work with," event coordinator Cari Weinberg says. More than 20 artists were given old coffee urns from Murray Street Coffee to turn into lanterns. Last year’s moleskin journals were a huge hit.
Out artist Erica Felicella, pictured, puts her lantern up for grabs Friday. No doubt this was right up Felicella’s alley. "I love anything to do with art so much I would eat it daily if I could," she says on her Web site. That’s conviction.
Three local bands — True Widow, Airline (yes!) and Glen Farris — will provide the music.
Art Con thrives on its street level identity so dress up if you must but flip-flops and cargo shorts will be just fine. All they want you to think about is Dallas’ art scene and SEED should give you a good idea of that.
Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St. Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. $7; bidding starts at $20.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 7, 2009.