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

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

LISTEN: Of Montreal’s “Dour Percentage”

Following up their music counterparts Scissor Sisters, Of Montreal drops a peek of its new album Paralytic Streaks which is slated for an early February release. Pitchfork posted the preview song “Dour Percentage” and linked to an interview with singer (and sexually liberated) Kevin Barnes about the album.

The band also hits the road this year coming to Dallas to play at Trees on March. 13.

Spin analyzed the hell out of the song here, but I thought it was an admirable effort. I don’t see too much of a difference as Spin does save for a lack of high energy punch, but it has that certain motif OM is famous for.

of Montreal – “Dour Percentage” by Some Kind of Awesome

—  Rich Lopez

Best Bets • 09.09.11

Saturday 09.10OCP

Forest through the trees
When Jay Maggio paints, it’s hard to not take a look. His tree-scapes are textural and impressionistic but with cool, modern touches. In other words, we likey. Craighead Green presents a three-artist exhibit including Maggio, Heather Gorham and Arturo Mallman. Despite different perspectives,their works are quite cohesive.

DEETS: Craighead Green Gallery,
1011 Dragon St. Through Oct. 8.
CraigheadGreen.com

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Saturday 09.10

Splash the day away
It used to be splashing people with water balloons was reason to get grounded by the parents. Now it’s for all the right reasons. The LifeWalk Waterpalooza dodgeball tourney returns, with teams duking it out with water balloons to benefit AIDS Arms.

DEETS: Station 4 parking lot,
3911 Cedar Springs Road. 1 p.m.
LifeWalk.org.

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Thursday 09.15

Southern belles
For The Women’s Chorus of Dallas to snag the Secret Sisters for the Southern Harmony Party is quite a feat. And if it benefits the chorus, well that’s not so bad either.

DEETS: Lakewood Theater,
1825 Abrams Parkway. 8 p.m. $25–$50.
TWCD.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 9, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

REVIEW: OTEP at Trees on Friday night

It took five openers, four-and-a half-hours and one water break to get to OTEP Friday night at Trees, but it was worth the wait. OTEP didn’t go onstage until close to midnight, making me wonder if the whole show was a joke, the punch line being the band not actually going on. Every opening band gave them a shout-out, causing uproarious commotion from the crowd, so surely OTEP would be on soon.

Finally, it was so.

—  admin

Lez-fronted OTEP brings raw metal to Trees

Do not mess with the lez rocker

Otep Shamaya is quite the unpredictable rock star. She’s dead serious about her place in heavy metal and her band OTEP. Last time we interviewed her, every joke we cracked went by without even so much as a chuckle. Or maybe we’re just not funny. She and her boys in the band are on the road supporting their new album Atavist.

DEETS: Trees, 2709 Elm St. Doors at 7 p.m. $15–$19. All ages. TreesDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Bisexual comedian Andy Dick rubs his last name against a Dallas man who’s suing him

OK, I’ve watched the video and other than being a major train wreck, I can’t quite see the altercation between Andy Dick’s cock and a patron at Trees. During Dick’s show last year, the bisexual comedian in pseudo-drag looks out of it as he pulls down his skirt and almost has his way with one Robert Tucker.

But I don’t think I can report this any better than Michael K did over at dlisted.

—  Rich Lopez

Forget air guitar — show off your carnal skills at the Air Sex Championships on Thursday

Air Sex Championships, Trees, Deep Ellum

Either this is the dumbest thing ever, or the most brilliant. I’m still deciding.

The time for you to lose your air virginity is NOW.

Last year, The World Air Sex Championships erupted in over 14 cities across North America, crowning champions of all shapes, sizes, colors and styles. The competition climaxed in Austin in October where we crowned the first ever World Champion. Now we’re back on the hunt, looking for the 2010 World Champ.

—  Rich Lopez