Coldplay, Robyn tonight at AAC

Coldplay and the Gang

We like Coldplay enough, but their openers might be the real gem of the shows. The alt-pop/rock of Wolf Gang recalls the exuberance of MIKA with the tenacity of The Shins. Better yet, Robyn brings her Euro pop brilliance back to town in a big way. She kicked Dallas’ butt all on her own last year at the South Side Music Hall. Now she gets to do it big time. Oh, and of course Coldplay headlines.

DEETS: American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. 7 p.m. Through Saturday. $26.50–$107. Ticketmaster.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Diamond Rings teases upcoming single

Wow. Diamond Rings just kicked my ass and it took all of 30 seconds. The “neither-gay-or-straight” singer just posted this teaser video for “I’m Just Me” which immediately hints at a more polished sound. His 2010 album Special Affections was already some impressive stuff, but if this is any hint of what’s to come, then sign me up.

The single is set for a June 26 release and from his as-yet-untitled new album due for release in late 2012. He steps it up by working with Grammy-nominated producer Damian Taylor who’s worked with Bjork, The Killers and Robyn. Makes sense since the last we saw Diamond Rings, he was in town opening for Robyn. The kid knows how to work his connections.

Watch the teaser after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

After receiving pseudo-tweets galore, we finally have a winner for those Katy Perry tickets

Thanks to all of you who responded to our Katy Perry/Robyn ticket giveaway. The winning pseudo-tweet belonged to Jonathon with the following:

My Teenage Dream was for the Prom King to ditch the California girl so I could get his heart racing in my skin tight jeans!

We enjoyed reading your teenage dreams, but the winner was selected at random by our very own intern, Draconis von Trapp. Since we didn’t want you to be upset at any of us (mostly me), I asked Drake to pick a number.

Congrats, Jonathon! Have fun tonight.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Robyn’s DJ set at Rio Room

As if tonight’s concert isn’t enough, Robyn will be making an additional appearance post her California Dreams stint. We mentioned Wednesday that she’ll be doing DJ duty at the Rio Room and how to purchase tickets. Thanks to Blake at Rio, we now have a pair to giveaway.

I won’t make you tweet us this time.  I’ll randomly pick a winner if you can email me by 4 p.m. with the answer to this trivia question: Who were Robyn’s opener/openers at her Dallas show earlier this year? Easy-peezy.

 

UPDATE: Congrats to our second winner of the day. The correct answer was Diamond Rings and Natalia Kills. Many got it right, but Matthew C. was selected at random. Thanks, all!

—  Rich Lopez

Katy Perry & Robyn tonight at Verizon

Pop fantasia

Take one part radio friendly diva, another part alt-pop queen and put them on tour together and bam, it’s like Candyland for pop music. Where Katy Perry delivers irresistible bubblegum treats, Robyn gives steely dance gems and the audience wins with both on hand the same night. DJ Skeet Skeet opens up the night for this stop of the California Dreams Tour.

Both artists weren’t too much in the interviewing mood, but we kinda dig Cat Downes’ faux interview with the two here.

DEETS: Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. 7:30 p.m. $45. Ticketmaster.com.

PS. If you’re a  fan of Robyn, catch her DJ set after the show at the Rio Room.

 

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Pseudo-tweet us to win a pair of tix to Katy Perry & Robyn Thursday night at Verizon

We don’t want to know what you did “Last Friday Night,” but we are wondering if you have plans for Thursday. Thanks to the guys at Universal (Robyn’s peeps actually), we have one pair of tickets to give away to her show. Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour lands at Verizon Theatre on Thursday night, and you could be in on the action.

What do you gotta do? Tell us about your “Teenage Dream” in Twitter fashion. That means 140 characters or less. Who struck your fancy in high school? Was it a classmate? A teacher? Why?

And no worries if you don’t have Twitter. Just email it here and a winner will be picked tomorrow.

The rules:

• Twitter fashion means no more than 140 characters including spaces. Abbeviations r good. In fact, this sentence you’re reading is 140 chars.
• It can’t be NSFW. No x-rated fantasies or pics or stuff like that. Automatic DQ.
• You’ll have to pick up the tickets from the office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday.
• Deadline is 11 a.m. on Thursday.
• Include your full name in the email, but it won’t count toward your 140.

    Good luck and happy pseudo-tweeting. Of course, you can always tweet us for real anytime here or here.

    —  Rich Lopez

    Concert Notice (kinda): Robyn to perform DJ set at Rio Room after opening for Katy Perry

    Funny how Katy Perry is Thursday night’s headliner at Verizon, but I seem to be seeing Robyn all over the Interwebs lately. The remix video of “Never Will Be Mine” has been released which I’m kinda obsessing over right now. The original holds up, but I needed an upbeat for this hot afternoon.

    —  Rich Lopez

    Queer Music News: ‘Hooray, You’re Gay’ video; Sarah Jaffe covers Robyn on Billboard

    • Here’s some #musicMonday for your Twitter feeds. If Gaga’s “Born This Way” isn’t enough of a Pride anthem for you, maybe The Juliettes might can fill in the void with their new song, “Hooray, You’re Gay.” The Seattle band of women posted this song as “a gift. To the LGBT community and to all people who value compassion and equality. Who don’t see ‘Gay Marriage’ but only understand ‘MARRIAGE.’ Who don’t see ‘Gay Rights’ but only see ‘RIGHTS.’ Who think ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be and should have always been, ‘Why Ask, Who Cares.’ Who understand that there needs to be no defense of marriage, but defense of the disenfranchised. Love is love. Equality is equality. Truth is truth. We made this for you. We made this for everybody. We feel it is the obligation of every person — starting with us — to work toward true equality.”

    This song kind of grew on me pretty quick. Four femmes goofing around with rock ‘n’ roll is hard not to love, but they also have a catchy tune. OK, yes, it sounds like it could easily come off a South Park or Avenue Q soundtrack, but I can’t help but applaud their efforts in doing a song they didn’t need to. Now that’s an ally.

    • Folk and electronica don’t go quite hand in hand, but local singer Sarah Jaffe, who we’ve profiled before, is a big fan of alt-dance queen Robyn. I even saw her at the concert. Jaffe went and had a chat with Billboard and even performed a bit for Mashup Monday. Here, she covers Robyn’s “Hang With Me.” Jaffe does a beautiful job with an already beautiful song keeping her melancholic touch to it. Although they play the dance version of the song also in the video, Robyn released it as a ballad in Body Talk Pt. 1, the first of her 2010 trilogy.

    —  Rich Lopez

    Pink Noise: The Dallas Voice Podcast, 2.19.11

    In today’s episode, Rich Lopez and I talked about the Club Dallas raid, Robyn’s show in Dallas on Friday night, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” and the new Facebook relationship statuses. Enjoy!

    —  John Wright