What’s love got to do with it? Locals let us into their hearts, share some Valentine’s Day tunes

Last year, in the print product, I wrote up a Valentine’s mixtape which was filled with all types of love songs. The only thing was finding those that weren’t gender specific, and that can be a total bitch. Or maybe it’s just my anal retentiveness. So instead of going through the hassle again, I asked local peeps with a penchant for music what songs struck that heartfelt fuzzy chord with them. I asked why their selection stuck out and if there are any gay aspects to it whether by an out artist or not gender-directed. The selections ran the gamut. Check ‘em out below.

—  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

Concert Notice: South Side Music Hall announces Robyn coming to town in February

The peeps at Gilley’s Music Complex scored a sweet show for their mid-size venue, the South Side Music Hall. They just announced that pop singer Robyn will perform at SSMH Feb. 18. So glad it’s in this room because it’s big enough to be a fab dance party, but not too big that you couldn’t see her up close. OK, if you’re in the waaay back, then it’s a bit far.

If you’ve been paying attention to Robyn, she’s finishing a trilogy of releases over the year with today’s release of Body Talk Pt. 3 or the kinda culminating full-length Body Talk. She released Body Talk Pt. 1 back in June and followed with  Pt. 2 in September. The first yielded the smash hit “Dancing On My Own,” which I’d dare to say is dance/pop at some of its smartest. The rest of the EP follows suit, especially after the bold opener “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do.”  The entire album was an impressive display of writing and music that’s been a Euro-alternative to American pop princesses over the years from Britney to Beyonce to Gaga.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door and go on sale Friday.

—  Rich Lopez