Erasure rocks the House of Blues

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Erasure at House of Blues in Dallas

Dallas Voice’s associate advertising director, Chad Mantooth, was at the Erasure concert Tuesday night, Oct. 14, at House of Blues in Dallas, and he got these amazing photos to share.

Check out the schedule of upcoming concerts at House of Blues so that you won’t miss events like The Nick & Knight Tour on Nov. 5, featuring former boy band stars Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, or Neon Hitch’s Yard Sale Tour on Nov. 7.

—  Tammye Nash

Show vs Show Alterna-divas face off

From lez to Leslie, female musicians bring both the eccentric and the sophisticated to North Texas

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The fates have convened once again to bring a healthy dose of live music to the area. From big to small, the concert calendar fills up with a spectrum of aural pleasures. Former New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight (not the gay one) headlines the Lakewood while alt-rock legends Radiohead make their American Airlines Center show an event next week. But we’re stuck on a couple of ladies who speak to queers in vastly different ways.

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For more than 20 years, Mary Gauthier has brought her lesbian sensibilities to her smart brand of Americana music. Touring in support of her seventh album, The Foundling and 2011’s The Foundling Alone (a companion of acoustic demos), Gauthier continues to amass an impressive discography with graduating brilliance.

Cult singer Leslie Hall, with her band the Lys, let forth a trip of dance-ish tunes on 2011’s Destination Friendship, with her signature rapping on cheeky songs like “Blame the Booty” and “No Pants Policy.” But Hall is no joke. She veers toward the eccentric but she doesn’t disappoint live, sweating up a storm with rambunctious
energy and funky dance moves.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas