YACHT tonight at Club Dada

Sail away, sail away

Head on down to Deep Ellum for the ultra queer friendly and eclectically spiritual, YACHT. Their Shangri-La Tour stops in Dallas bringing a night of experimental pop and all around coolness.

They have a thing with triangles and usually spell their name Y4CHT or Y∆CHT. Why the caps? Oh, it just stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology. Cool, huh? Be there.

DEETS: With Onuinu and Zhora. Club Dada, 2720 Elm St. 8 p.m. $12–$14. TacticsProductions.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Xiu Xiu supports Swans in Sept.

The last time Xiu Xiu was down this way, the Crown and Harp on Lower Greenville was still known as The Cavern. Now the eclectic indie popsters return to Dallas this fall. They support Swans at Trees on Sept. 16. The show is put on by Tactics Productions.

The band tours in support of its latest release Always which was released earlier this year. A strange blend of pop and avant-garde, the sound is distinctly Xiu Xiu led by the equally multifarious and queer frontman Jamie Stewart, pictured.

Tickets for Swans/Xiu Xiu go on sale June 1 here.

I never seem to understand their videos and they lean toward a quirky type of gruesome, but I can never stop watching. The same goes for their latest video “Honeysuckle” which you can watch after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Jay Brannan returns to play Sons of Hermann Hall this August

I had a hint of this already, but the official word is out that gay singer-songwriter Jay Brannan will make his return to Dallas this summer. Upon release of his latest album Rob Me Blind this week, the folkster will hit the road in July, making his way to town August 13. He’ll play at the Sons of Hermann Hall (yes!) in Deep Ellum and is another notch in Tactics Productions’ increasingly impressive roster of concert bookings with some LGBT-friendly approach on the side. Props to those guys.

The last time we saw Brannan here was at The Loft in late 2010.

Brannan posted this video on release day yesterday and even gave a live performance of the song “The State of Music.” Check it after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Perfume Genius at Dan’s Silverleaf on Monday night

OK, there may not be much to watch, but Tactics Productions’ Brad Ehney posted this video of gay singer Mike Hadreas AKA Perfume Genius performing “Dark Parts at Dan’s in Denton last night. Dark is right as the venue’s lighting didn’t quite work with Ehney’s camera, but Hadreas’ sound is spot on. So maybe just give it a listen.

I am sad to admit I didn’t make the show, but glad Ms. Schroeder gave us a taste of what it was like.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Of Montreal tonight at Trees

The guys over at Tactics Productions have offered Dallas Voice readers the chance to win tickets to tonight’s Of Montreal show at Trees in Deep Ellum. Did you miss them at the Granada? Chose Kylie over them at South Side Music Hall? Well, you get another chance to catch the alterna-popsters in major action tonight.

We have four pairs of tickets to tonight’s show, but how well do you know your Of Montreal? Well, if I were traveling to Norway, what two towns would the band recommend I visit? Hint: both answers are on one album. Email me here with your responses and full name and four winner with the right answers will be selected to see the band tonight.

And while you’re at it, give Tactics a like on Facebook. They’ve been quite generous to the community and DV readers.

Good luck!


—  Rich Lopez

Of Montreal tonight at Trees

Boys in the band

Of Montreal gets a little more intimate tonight performing at Trees, but that doesn’t mean Kevin Barnes and gang are going to lighten up their frenetic onstage antics. Tactics Productions presents the band tonight touring in support of its newest release Paralytic Stalks, which we reviewed here. Never a band to falter in its delivery of jittery dance beats and what-the-hell-are-they-talking-about lyrics, Of Montreal follows through with an explosive live show. In short, expect your ass to be kicked tonight and loving every minute of it.

DEETS: With Kishi Bashi. Trees, 2709 Elm St. Doors at 7 p.m. $15–$17. FrontGateTickets.com.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to The Wanted at the Prophet Bar

If you’re needing a boy band fix, look no further than Tuesday night. Composed of British and Irish boyos, The Wanted may be picking up where N’Sync left off and where New Kids and Backstreet Boys won’t seem to let go of. Embarking on their first North American tour, the group comes to Dallas bringing its twinkish ways and pop music vibes.

And it looks like they really like their gays. Although they hit up Deep Ellum here, part of their tour consists specifically of playing gay clubs. They’ve already performed at Roscoe’s in Chicago and Saloon in Minneapolis; next week, they hit Krave in Vegas and Cherry Pop in WeHo. They got the right idea, because if you make it with the gays, then it’s all clover from there.

Curious? OK. We have five pairs of tickets to give away for tomorrow night’s show, thanks to promoters Tactics Productions. What do you gotta do? It’s a new band, so I won’t give ya tough trivia. Just email me here with “Boi power” in the subject line and your full name in your email. Winners will be selected by random at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Congrats to the winners. Enjoy the show!  In the meantime, check their sound out in the video “Warzone,” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Active Child at Prophet Bar

Tactics Productions, which are basically these guys (scroll down once you’re there), is offering Dallas Voice readers to win tickets to tonight’s Active Child show at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum. Active Child is hard to describe musically. AC is Pat Grossi and his music works more in landscapes or images rather than sounds. But the sounds are impressive that come from AC’s first full-length, the recently released You Are All I See. Stream the album here. You probably haven’t heard a harp done this well in contemporary music.

The band headlines tonight with Com Truise and The New Fumes, and Tactics is giving away eight pairs of tickets. All they ask is for you to “like” their Facebook page and comment that the Dallas Voice sent you. From those comments, eight will be selected at random to catch tonight’s show.

Easy, right? Just the way we like it. But time is ticking. 5 p.m. is the deadline. Good luck!

—  Rich Lopez