Concert Notice: Sleigh Bells and ‘not gay’ gay band CSS come to the Granada in April

Sleigh Bells was one of the big buzz bands of last year. At first, I have to admit, I kinda hated them. That distorted loud sound pretty much drove me nuts. After being beaten into submission on many year-end lists, I could appreciate them a bit for what they were doing thanks to this one song.

CSS, however, hasn’t had a release since 2008′s Donkey. No word I can see of an album on the horizon, but who cares, their Brazilian dance-rock is fantastic fun and by the looks of their live show, I’d imagine just the same. The two bands are making their way to Dallas this spring.

Just don’t call them a gay band per se. When asked if she was by The New Gay, Luiza Sa answered: “I am gay, but that has nothing to do with our music. We’re just young people trying to make music. We don’t want to be a role model. That has nothing to do with our personal lives.” Who couldn’t applaud an honest answer like that?

CSS and Sleigh Bells play the Granada Theater April 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Sugar & Gold to play free show at Jack Daniel’s Saloon

I came across this by sheer luck, but the very gay Sugar & Gold headlines a free concert this month at the Jack Daniels Saloon in the Gilley’s Music Complex. The San Francisco based band were last seen in these parts last June when they played Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. I’m so glad they’ll be closer this time.

S&G follow in that same pop dance vein as Of Montreal and Scissor Sisters, but falls more into the “little brother” category of those bands — or should we say “little sister?” Reprising a late ’80s/early ’90s touch to their disco music, their sound isn’t so much challenging as it is kinda irresistible. Try not to enjoy their video below for “Stay Soft,” filled with a throwback of color explosion and kaleidoscopic imagery. Ridiculous, sure – fun, hell yeah.

Yip Deceiver and DJ Trademarx open the show. The show is scheduled for Jan. 29 and it’s free. Free I say. How can you beat that? It might get Guerilla Gay Bar up in Jack Daniel’s that night. Hope they’re ready for it. Doors at 8 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez