Perry Twins post high energy Houston tribute

While we may continue to honor Whitney Houston’s legacy, I think it’s fair to say we could be a little Whitney-ed out by the constant playing of her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in every tribute since last week’s tragic news. Heck, even Aretha couldn’t come up with another idea at her Radio City Music Hall concert Saturday night. But this just came on my radar. The Perry Twins, who performed at Station 4 in 2009, offer their tribute to the singer with this hour-long mix of deep cuts and big hits. It’s a welcome reprieve from the overuse of ballads used to remember her by, but also a reminder of her contribution to the dance floor. She was the Queen of the Night, remember?

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Global Groove: Dance 5 download

Gay record label Centaur Entertainment just announced its new dance compilation Global Groove: Dance 5. DJ Escape mixed this album featuring artists Pepper Mashay, Stephan Grondin, Ceevox and many more heavy underground dance music players.From Centaur president Nick De Biase.

“DJ Escape was our first DJ when Centaur Entertainment launched the Global Groove: Dance series and we are very excited to have him return to this successful series and its latest volume.”  De Biase said. “Escape brings a level of energy to the dance floor like no other DJ.  His production on this CD brings that same level of energy.  You’re going to love this non-stop dance party!”

The label has offered 10 digital copies to give to Dallas Voice readers. Load it into your music library, drop it in your smartphone or add it to you mp3 player, but you’ll need the code first. Tell us your favorite dance song that gets you on the dance floor no matter what. Email title and artist to us here with “Groove me” in the subject and include your name in with your song. Winners will be notified by email and sent a download code to get your free album.

Good luck!

 

—  Rich Lopez

Ante up with Pocket Rockets Poker at Sue Ellen’s

A real reason to put on your poker face

“Lots of people are intimidated by poker, but we’re really friendly,” Teller assures. “[My partner, Aaron Ahamed and I] were nervous our first time. The one thing we do at our league is, we emphasize good sportsmanship. I really feel that enables us to bring in new players.”

Poker beginners and experts convene Tuesdays at Sue Ellen’s to join in on Pocket Rockets’ poker tournament for cash prizes and an all-around good time. Teller and Ahamed are knowledgeable hosts who will guide you along the shuffles and bets, while the ace players vie for top honors — for the night. Hands down, it’s fun.

Read about Pocket Rockets here.

DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 8 p.m. Free. PocketRocketsDallas.com

—  Rich Lopez

Relive DJ Blaine Soileau’s New Year’s Eve

In case you were a little to buzzed to remember how New Year’s Eve went down (and who wasn’t?), DJ Blaine Soileau can help with that. He spun the night away Saturday at the Dallas Eagle for his Release version of NYE, but then he did one better. He recorded his set list and promptly posted it online. With three-plus hours of club faves, now you can relive New Year’s Eve all over again.

It’s a crowd pleasing track list of hit makers like Gaga, Adele and Britney among others, making it a sweet dance party without any droning techno beats sans vocals. Those are best reserved for a 3 a.m. dance floor in an altered state. Hey, just saying. The best part is now you have your workout music for that likely New Year’s res to exercise more. Double score!

See how the track listing plays out here and click after the jump to give it a listen.

—  Rich Lopez

London’s HiFi Sean (and former Soup Dragon) announced as headliner DJ for Big D BearDance

The men from BearDance have announced the headlining DJ for this year’s Big D BearDance. Back in March, they brought in the DJ team Blowoff featuring Bob Mould and Rich Morel to pack the house at Station 4. For 2012, the nonprofit group will host London’s (by way of Glasgow) DJ HiFi Sean. Also known as Sean Dickson, he’s initially famous for his work in the 90s alt-group The Soup Dragons mostly known for the single “I’m Free.”

I talked a bit with Ami Sadeh and Darren Graff of BearDance about how they come to their choice of DJs for each event. Read more about how the selection of HiFi Sean and details on March’s Big D BearDance after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Heart and beat

David Guetta delivers the same ol’ dance shtick while Chad D surprises

RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer
lopez@dallasvoice.com

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1 out of 5 stars
NOTHING BUT THE BEAT
David Guetta
Capitol Records

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DJ and producer David Guetta is smart at handling hip-hop and rap artists on top of dance beats. He creates a flow that is easy to dance to and the songs aren’t anything more than a party in the space of three to four minutes. But that formula repeats itself in Nothing But The Beat, which shows no real imagination.

Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida bring their talents to the opener, “Where Them Girls At.” The beat is distinctly Guetta but that formula is already showing. Minaj comes up short here, ripping off a TLC flow and playing more as an accessory.

That changes with “Turn Me On.” Minaj goes into Rihanna territory, singing and rapping. There’s no surprise that she can carry a note, but she proves she can hang with any singer out there. This ends up being one of the better tracks.

With “Sweat,” Guetta re-imagines Snoop’s “Wet” single against a sampled beat to amazing effect. Guetta shines here — not with hip-hop generics over a disco beat, but working magic with Minaj and Snoop to create something exciting. His innovation is off the charts.

It’s too much for the last track to save the album, but it’s a glorious attempt. Guetta teams with Sia on “Titanium.” Collaborative lyrics elevate this song to a higher level than any previous track, as Sia brings her clever writing to the table and ends up with as much a voice in this song as Guetta does.

But so much is wrong with Beat that it ends up being a beat down. What Guetta is good at is producing listenable disco. It’s never too obscure or techno, but it’s always the right sound to get a good jog to or sweat it up on the dance floor.

His collabs with Taio Cruz, Chris Brown and Usher are fine but forgettable. He handles Cruz and Ludacris well in “Little Bad Girl,” and Brown and Lil’ Wayne’s skills make “I Can Only Imagine” work as a song and not just a mix. Although Guetta did help Usher lose a lot of R&B cred on “Without You,” it’s embarrassing to hear Usher reduced to this Coldplay/Keane/OneRepublic styled track. This is where Guetta’s mistakes happen. He keeps masturbating to hip-hop and R&B stars, and he’s missing vital aspects that would make his own songs sound better.

He remembers his gay boy listeners with equally unimpressive diva-esque tracks save for Sia. You would think that wouldn’t happen with Jennifer Hudson on “Night of Your Life,” but the song is amateurish and never lives up to her talent. Guetta gives Jessie J the chance to shine in “Repeat;” she doesn’t.

When Guetta isn’t embarrassing himself, he goes way obnoxious on the Will. I. Am track “Nothing Really Matters,” which is more of a yawner than the Black Eyed Peas’ last album. And “I Just Wanna F” with Timbaland and Dev is an exercise in stupidity.

Even with the stronger tracks, this Beat is a dud.

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2.5 out of 5 stars
THE HUMAN LINK
Chad D
Independent

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Chad D is an indie musician based out of New York who’s 2011 release The Human Link garnered him two OutMusic Award nominations. He’s party pop and rap with a message — a whole lot of them. But his ambition makes up for the rough edges.

In the first four tracks, D lays down energetic beats with different stories. “The Story Begins” opens the album in high-energy synth mode with one of the deepest bass beats. The lyrics could graduate a level, but D throws in surprises such as a guitar solo that comes out of nowhere.

“The Human Link” and “Ask and Tell” lean more to his rap stylings, which need some fine-tuning. In “Link,” he’s choppy, but gets more fluid with “Ask.” I don’t even think he’s trying to be Eminem, but he’s clearly the white-guy rapper and a much better singer. “Ask” seems to be the epitome of his intentions with an in-your-face tune about gay issues. But the platitudes are a bit obvious which makes the song miss its mark.

It would be easy to dismiss “T.G.A. (The Gay Anthem)” as drivel. He raps quickly over what sounds like a sampled “Under the Boardwalk” beat. His Michael Jackson “whooos” are misguided and yet he creates a reliable hook and runs with it.

He hits his stride in “Ocean Blue Love.” The song is crazy catchy and his vocals overlap with note maturity. While I don’t mind his rapping so much, “Ocean” is proof that vocalizing is a better forte for him. He could still refine his voice, but he’s more emotive when singing.

D lost me at the title of “Life is a Ride,” which reminded me too much of “Life is a Highway,” a song I loathe. I muddled through rap stanzas like dance with me/ touch my body/ getting’ naughty but OK, my head bopped along. The chorus burst in and Chad D pulled me in. I don’t get into intentionally cheerful songs but the chorus earwormed its way into my head and I was fine with that.

Chad D isn’t afraid to give his strong queer perspective. As he matures, his songwriting should become more refined, but it’s his heart that drives The Human Link and he’s put all of it here.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

The Pretty Things Peepshow tonight at The Kessler

Sword swallowing, fire eating and burlesque dancing, oh my

The Pretty Things Peepshow recalls old-timey circuses or better yet, the HBO show Carnivale, which really left viewers hanging. This vintage vaudeville sideshow packs in a whallop of acts into two and a half hours. For a hump day, acts that include electric chairs, animal traps and whip cracking might even outdo the Dallas Eagle. We’re kinda looking forward to the special burlesque dancing which includes a fan dance and spinning fire tassels. For real! You won’t see that on the dance floor at S4.

The show even features the “Midget of Mischief” Lil Miss Firefly who stands just over two feet and performs as the night’s glass walker and straight jacket escape artists. Yeah, there’s too much to miss to not make this show tonight.

DEETS: The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St. 9 p.m. $15. TheKessler.org.

—  Rich Lopez

BearDance event during Pride at … Sue Ellen’s?

When I spoke with BearDance co-founder Mark Trimble for this story, we got to talking about how the normally TBRU dance event will evolve into something bigger. And why not? The guys know how to raise some big bucks for local nonprofits. They made a healthy donation to the Dallas Bears, which in turn, doled out the money to their beneficiaries.

On Facebook last week, the BD guys announced and invited people to the SwitchParty BearDance at, of all places, Sue Ellen’s, during Pride weekend. How are the ladies gonna like that? Don’t worried, they’ve got it covered, according to this explanation on their event post:

BearDance is bringing back DJ Blaine to spin for a hopping dance party on Friday of Dallas Pride Weekend, September 16th. BearDance is partnering with Caven Enterprises to sponsor this SwitchParty, so the bears are getting Sue Ellen’s and the girls get live music back at TMC. Come out, dance, and socialize with all the bears, cubs, otters, daddies, musclebears and friends as we mix things up, take back the dance floor, and trade spaces with the girls! As always, this non-profit event has a charitable component and the $15 cover charge proceeds at the BearDance will be going to AIDS Arms.

You got some time to plan. Mark your calendars for Sept 16. at 9 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: A pair of tickets to The Twelves on Thursday night at the Rio Room

You know, we love our Brazilians (the non-wax kind) and after I gave you a dose of them on Tuesday, here’s your second. DJs João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira, also known as The Twelves, come to the Rio Room on Thursday night as part of the club’s impressive Summer Series, and the club is offering a pair of tickets to Dallas Voice readers.

The Twelves aren’t your usual DJ team spinning the music and tweaking the MP3s. From the Rio Room: “Their live show is a unique blend of live keyboards, drum machines, mash-ups and remixing on the fly. This continuously improvising duo is known for transforming indie tracks into dance floor burners for a diverse array of acts including M.I.A, La Roux, Two Door Cinema Club, and Fever Ray. This summer marked their breakthrough into the festival scene with appearances at Coachella and Pacific Music Festival.”

Although DJs aren’t really for watching, the video below displays The Twelves working over queer faves The Gossip. Just put it on in the background and imagine yourself on the dancefloor.

So you want tix? Email me here with “I’m With the DJ” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner Renae!

—  Rich Lopez

Police Blotter: 2 robberies reported in Oak Lawn; intoxicated man breaks new door at JR’s

• An intoxicated man who broke the new glass front door at JR’s Bar & Grill was arrested and charged with public intoxication. According to a police report, the man was asked to leave the bar at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 because he was causing a disturbance. The suspect left but not before running into the door and causing it to break. The report says the man was unaware he broke the door because he was intoxicated, but a J.R.’s employee who called police said he felt it was intentional. The suspect was charged with public intoxication and taken into custody. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000.

• A 21-year-old man suffered a 3-inch gash under his eye when he was punched in the face on the dance floor of Station 4, according to police. The victim was dancing near the suspect at about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, according to a report. Due to the way the suspect was dancing, his elbow was striking the victim in the groin. The victim leaned over to tell the suspect he was hurting him and ask him to move over. Without saying anything, the suspect punched the victim below the right eye, causing a gash. After calling police, the victim pointed out the suspect to the responding officers — a heavyset Latin male in an orange and yellow polo shirt — but the suspect denied ever seeing the victim. The victim was treated for his injuries at the scene.

• A Zini’s Pizzeria delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night at an apartment complex at 2626 Reagan St. in Oak Lawn. According to a report, the suspect met the driver outside the entrance of the complex at about 9:15 p.m.. The suspect acted like he was going to give the driver a $100 bill to pay for his order, the report says. When the driver pulled $80 in cash out of his pocket to make change, the suspect grabbed the money and said he had a gun. The suspect pointed to the silhouette of what appeared to be a pistol in his pocket, before running away and driving off in an older model 2-door vehicle, possibly an Oldsmobile. The driver was unable to get the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle, and the phone number from which the order was placed came up unavailable.

• A group of three people, including an 18-year-old woman, was robbed at gunpoint as they were leaving the Office Depot parking lot at 3800 Dickason Ave. early this morning. The group was getting in their car to leave the area at about 3:00 a.m. today when four men walked up and held them at gunpoint, according to a police report. The suspects went through the victims’ pockets and took two cell phones, a passport and a small amount of cash. The suspects then got in their vehicle, described as a four-door, cream-colored Buick, and fled.

—  John Wright