SHADY IDEA: A good gift for dad

Whether you are looking for a gift idea for the gay dad in your life, or you want to give your straight dad something that reflects your fabulous sensibility, you can’t go wrong with a pair of shades from N3L.

The company’s name is short for Newton’s Three Laws  of Motion, which establishes its ethic as a sports-based product designed for the active dad, whether he enjoys motorcycle racing or golf — or a backyard trampoline.

It’s not just the styles that you can use to capture pop’s attention, but the technology: Imaging systems allow you to directly compare the effectiveness of certain lenses under various conditions. (Amber lenses, in general, make the environment more vivid, and are great for enjoying sunsets on the beach; darker shades filter more light and provide serious protection from glare.

A variety of brands from Maui Jim to Oakley are available within a range of prices (most in the $200 neighborhood), each offering their own styles and options (such as replaceable lenses and custom colors).

—A.W.J.

N3L at NorthPark Center on the second level near Nordstrom. N3LOptics.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Out musician Bradford Cox leads Deerhunter to the Granada tonight

Bradford Cox in a dress is always a possibility

Last 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 dropped 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.

Check them out at their Loft concert a year ago in the video below.

DEETS: With Best Coast (yes!), Sonny and the Sunsets and Casino Vs. Japan at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave . 8 p.m. $18. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez