WATCH: Tuesday night’s performance by Of Montreal at the Granada Theater

It looks like Kevin Barnes and company didn’t disappoint with high energy and psychedelics at their concert on Tuesday. The band’s innovation shone in their “satellite broadcast” of “Casualty of You,” but Barnes’ rambling about aliens, homosexuals and hamburgers before diving into “Before Our Elegant Caste” probably made more sense if you were there. Even if it didn’t, who cares? The night looked like a usual OM show — which tends to be consistently kick-ass.

—  Rich Lopez

After voting today, see Of Montreal at the Granada Theater

You actually can rock the vote today

Take time to vote today and make your voice be heard. The polls are open today from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. That should give you enough time to get in, punch your ballot and get on out. Just remember, unlike early voting, you have to do it in your home precinct. And don’t forget your voter’s registration card.

DEETS: Visit DalCoElections.org/nov22010/EVLocations.htm for your precinct location.

Then, once all that’s done and your civic duty fulfilled, get down with likely, one of the more exciting concerts in town. Alt-popsters Of Montreal are back in town touring in support of their latest album, False Priest. The album features Solange Knowles and opener act Janelle Monae.

Now, Of Montreal is something to behold, but Monae could kill this one live. Her album this year The ArchAndroid is one of the best of 2010. Not only are her songs brilliant, but she’s a frenetic ball of energy. She should rule the stage on her own. When they are together, we figure it will all just be mindblowing (kinda like the video below from their NYC show). The two are a match made in heaven.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 9 p.m. $26. 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

Coco Rosie performs tonight with Sleep Whale at the Granada Theater

Indie duo goes only half drag

Coco RosieWhat the Indigo Girls are to traditional folk, Coco Rosie would perhaps be the antithesis. The avante-garde popsters are also sisters with one heckuva back story. Vision quests, traveling childhoods and even loss of contact for a number of years, Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady reunited and began their musical endeavor. They are on the road supporting their fourth full-length album, Grey Oceans.

Younger sister Bianca told AfterEllen she’s surprised people don’t realize she’s lesbian. Like, really surprised.

“I am surprised, to tell you the truth, that people don’t talk about it more,” Bianca said of her being queer. “Maybe we are still living in such a homophobic culture that people [who] like me don’t want to hear about it.”

She even performs in drag. And with the band’s frequent use pf children’s toys as musical instruments (along with piano and guitars) to make what they call their “freak folk” music, this could be some show to watch.

DEETS: With Sleep Whale. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $18. GranadaTheater.com.

—  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

Concert Notice: Coco Rosie brings their ‘freak folk’ to Dallas’ Granada Theater Sept. 29

What the Indigo Girls are to traditional folk, Coco Rosie would perhaps be the antithesis. The avante-garde popsters are also sisters with one heckuva back story. Vision quests, traveling childhoods and even loss of contact for a number of years, Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady reunited and began their musical endeavor. They are on the road supporting their fourth full-length album, Grey Oceans.

Younger sister Bianca told AfterEllen she’s surprised people don’t realize she’s lesbian. Like, really surprised.

“I am surprised, to tell you the truth, that people don’t talk about it more,” Bianca said of her being queer. “Maybe we are still living in such a homophobic culture that people [who] like me don’t want to hear about it.”

She even performs in drag. And with the band’s frequent use pf children’s toys as musical instruments (along with piano and guitars) to make what they call their “freak folk” music, I imagine this could be some show to watch.

Coco Rosie performs Sept. 29 at the Granada Theater. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here. Check out “Noah’s Ark” below for a musical sampling.

—  Rich Lopez

Filmmaker Kevin Smith brings the Smod tonight to the Granada Theater

We heart our gay-friendly straight bears

Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks, Cop Out) hits the road with longtime producer Scott Mosier for a night of lewdness and gratutitous sex onstage — only not that way. Their Smodcast Tour is like This American Life but with gay jokes and crass tales — and we love it.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $40–$60. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Best bets • 07.23.10

Friday 07.23

We just wanna know if we can tip
When six British gents lose their steel mill job and figure stripteasing is the way to make some cash, we applaud their entreneneurial efforts — especially if they have triceps and pecs like these. But most don’t in WaterTower’s The Full Monty. Regular Joes take it off for pound notes in their thongs and present beef in all shapes, sizes and songs.

DEETS: WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Through Aug. 15. $25–$40. WaterTowerTheatre.org.


Saturday 07.24

Vegans like to grill too, you know
Mercy For Animals Dallas is blunt when it points out this sweet face could be a family pet but that Babe the pig could be dinner. Animal-rights activisits and vegans know non-meat food can be just as satisfying. They’ll prove it with the Dallas branch’s launch party and vegan barbecue. MFA also shows off its new office which luckily is close to a pool.

DEETS: CityScape Dallas, 6467 Melody Lane. Noon. RSVP at EddieG@MercyForAnimals.org.


Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Wednesday 07.28

We heart our gay-friendly straight bears
Filmmaker Kevin Smith hits the road with longtime producer Scott Mosier for a night of lewdness and gratutitous sex onstage — only not that way. Their Smodcast Tour is like This American Life but with gay jokes and crass tales — and we love it.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $40–$60. GranadaTheater.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 23, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Free Owen Pallett download available for one week only

Owen Pallett, The National, Lewis Takes His Shirt Off, Heartland
Owen Pallett

I received a couple of tidbits about gay musician Owen Pallett. First, he’s coming back to town in October. I’m kinda stoked that he’s coming back to perform with The National at House of Blues Oct. 9. He’s on tour supporting Heartland and played here already at the Granada back in April. You might remember that.

Second, for a limited time, he’s got music for free! If you click here, you can download his EP “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt,” the lead single from Heartland. Four remixes of the song and two mixes of other tracks from the album can be all yours. Score! Even though I got the notice today, the page itself is dated July 9 and the download is available only for a week.

—  Rich Lopez

CONCERT NOTICE: Director Kevin Smith’s bear bottom, along with his ‘Wee Wee Tour,’ are coming to Dallas in July

Film director and sometimes actor Kevin Smith has been on the road with his usual producing partner Soctt Mosier. They are performing their SMODcasts during the “Wee Wee Tour,” which stops in Dallas on July 28. The tag line states “Watch Kev and Scott give the audience lots of aural in intimate rooms across the nation.” Clearly, you should expect a certain amount of bathroom and raunchy humor.

But we’ll take it because we love us some Smith (and even Mosier for the die-hard fans of the View Askewniverse). Smith knows he’s a bear, he’s admitted to being a bottom and produces gay-related docs for filmmaker Malcolm Ingram. So, yeah, it’s cool to have a straight-crush on the dude.

Tickets are $40–$60 and available here.

—  Rich Lopez