WATCH: Atlas Sound at 35 Denton

From 35Denton.com.

While 35 Denton didn’t have a whole lot of queer going on this past weekend, it still managed to score a show by Atlas Sound. The queer frontman of Deerhunter was one of the bigger names during the four-day music fest in Denton. Graciela Razo of the 35 Denton blog wrote this assessment of the show that seemed to fit perfectly in with the drizzly rain.

Watch a clip of him performing “Te Amo” on the main stage at the festival after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

All the single gays (boys and girls) needed for Indie-Verse and 35 Denton’s Blind Date Contest

Thanks to Brad over at Tactics Productions for pointing this out to me: The Indie-Verse site and 35 Denton festival peeps have teamed-up to give music-loving singles the hook-up in love and tunes. They have just announced the 35 Denton Blind Date contest in which three pairs of tickets will be awarded to contest winners.

The plan is to pair six guys and six gals to set up with three other contestants. They have started taking entries already once their announcement posted. Plus, they are open to same-sex contestants — if enough apply. Once contestants have been selected, they follow up with three virtual dates on Twitter escaping the need for a shave and a shower. Score! Twitter convos are #hashtagged so the date can be followed and the final determination on the best blind date(s) and bam! 35 Denton tickets. It’ll just be up to you to sweep someone of their feet in 140 characters minus the appropriate tags. You can do it. From Indie-Verse.com.

So here’s the plan… we’ll be picking 6 lucky guys and 6 lucky girls and setting them up with 3 of our other contestants. Our last year’s winners, Deb Doing Dallas, will be helping us out in the selection process, since we’re just as blind in this whole dating thing as you all seem to be… maybe she’s got a great POV. We’ll start taking entries as soon as this post is live… We’re TOTALLY open to same-sex contestants, but you have to specify… if we have enough, it’s on.

Click here for the official breakdown of how the contest works. Props to Indie-Verse and 35D for not forgetting the gays love their indie music (and hookups), too.

This year’s 35 Denton fest runs March 8-11 and will feature more than 150 bands including major acts Jesus and the Mary Chain, queer artist Atlas Sound, Best Coast and Built to Spill.

—  Rich Lopez

Bradford Cox aka Atlas Sound aka Deerhunter frontman releases free music download

Yesterday, Bradford Cox posted practically a whole album on his website available for free download. Under his moniker Atlas Sound, he offers Bedroom Databank Vol. 1, 11 tracks of work recorded at home and on his computer. Of the 11, there are two covers: Dylan and the Band’s “This Wheel’s on Fire,” which you might know as the theme from Absolutely Fabulous recorded by Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson, and Kurt Vile’s “Freak Train.”

Sure he didn’t do an interview with us when he was last in town, but all is forgiven since we’re getting all this free music now. Funny how that works.

—  Rich Lopez

Out musician Bradford Cox leads Deerhunter to the Granada tonight

Bradford Cox in a dress is always a possibility

Last November, Atlas Sound was scheduled for a show at Hailey’s and then canceled. Hopefully, this won’t happen twice. Atlas Sound, aka Bradford Cox, is the gay frontman for the psychedelia-gazing punk band Deerhunter. They’ve come off their self-imposed hiatus that began in 2008 to record their fourth album, Halcyon Digest, which dropped in September. OK, that’s more a break than hiatus.

They made a splash out of Atlanta with their 2005 debut album Turn It Up Faggot — which was “an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during their gigs,” according to AllMusic — and then released the brilliant Microcastle/Weird Era Continued album two years ago.

Cox has Marfan Syndrome, which elongates his limbs making for quite an impression. At 6 feet, 4 inches, his skinny arms and legs make him look larger than life in an awkward way (and in the occasional onstage frock or dress), but that’s far from the point of Cox or Deerhunter even. As musicians, they have created some challenging and trippy music and their live show reputation borders on amazing.

Check them out at their Loft concert a year ago in the video below.

DEETS: With Best Coast (yes!), Sonny and the Sunsets and Casino Vs. Japan at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave . 8 p.m. $18. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez

This Deerhunter remix video for ‘Helicopter’ should get you in the mood for their Nov. show.

Perhaps this will get you revved for Deerhunter’s upcoming show in November. The band, fronted by the out Bradford Cox (AKA Atlas Sound), brings their tour to the Granada Theater in exactly two weeks.

Remixed by Diplo and Lunice, this “Helicopter” video is a lot of back and forth imagery, but somehow it fits right into Deerhunter’s m.o. of dreamy indie rock. Just because it’s a remix, don’t expect a dance party. Diplo and Lunice keep it chill and relaxed. I’d have posted here but Vimeo is busting my balls about embedding for whatever reason. So check it here.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Gay frontman Atlas Sound and Deerhunter at the Granada Theater in Nov.

Deerhunter, Granada Theater, Bradford CoxLast November, Atlas Sound was scheduled for a show at Hailey’s and then canceled. Hopefully, this won’t happen twice. Atlas Sound, aka Bradford Cox, is the gay frontman for the psychedelia-gazing punk band Deerhunter. They’ve come off their self-imposed hiatus that began in 2008 to record their fourth album, Halcyon Digest, which is set to drop in September. OK, that’s more a break than hiatus.

They made a splash out of Atlanta with their 2005 debut album Turn It Up Faggot — which was “an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during their gigs,” according to AllMusic — and then released the brilliant Microcastle/Weird Era Continued album two years ago. Cox has Marfan Syndrome, which elongates his limbs making for quite an impression. At 6 feet, 4 inches, his skinny arms and legs make him look larger than life in an awkward way (and in the occasional onstage frock or dress), but that’s far from the point of Cox or Deerhunter even. As musicians, they have created some challenging and trippy music and their live show reputation borders on amazing.

They perform with Best Coast (yes!), Sonny and the Sunsets and Casino Vs. Japan at the Granada Theater on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are a friggin’ bargain at $15.

—  Rich Lopez

Atlas Sound show at Hailey's canceled

Atlas Sound won't be making any this Saturday at Hailey's
Atlas Sound won’t be making any this weekend in North Texas

If you had made plans to head out to Denton this Saturday to catch the Atlas Soundaka Bradford Cox aka the gay lead singer of Deerhunter — and Broadcast show at Hailey’s, you’ll want to consider different plans. Event promoters Spune just mentioned on their Facebook, the show has been canceled.

Atlas Sound / Broadcast Cancelled: Due to scheduling/travel problems that are impossible to change, Atlas Sound and Broadcast have to cancel this show. We’re very sorry, as are they. We’re disappointed and sorry to bring you this news, but we do thank you for understanding these things happen. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase. Thanks for your support of Spune, Hailey’s and the events in our area.

This sucks because Atlas Sound has some shoegazing rock worth listening to outside Deerhunter. We’re hoping for a reschedule.

—  Rich Lopez