Wednesday, December 23, 2009
North Texas’ top bandwagon stories of 2009
Things all the scenester French hens know about already, but I only learned to appreciate this year.
Keeping up with Fort Worth, Dallas, and Denton music is beyond a full-time job. Even after five years going to shows, listening to albums, and hanging out on the scene, things still fall through the cracks from time to time. Here's a list of things we should have known about before this year that would likely be worth discovering (if you don't know about them either). Better late than never!
On the 12th day of Christmas, PegNewsers gave to me:
The world at large is catching on to the grace of Denton songbird, Sarah Jaffe. I ran across Even Born Again at Good Records early this year, and I still listen on a regular basis.
When I started working for Pegasus, my focus on Denton's scene was stretched thin to include coverage of Dallas and Fort Worth. Slobberbone is an excellent example of a band that everyone in Dallas seemed to know well but hadn't breached Denton's jazz cave. Luckily, I caught Slobberbone at the Granada earlier this year, and I've had "Gimme Back My Dog" stuck in my head ever since.
As the story goes, we'd heard the name a thousand times (and gotten lost at the intersection), but had somehow managed to inadvertently never actually listen to the music. Throw some Mingo Fishtrap on your playlist, and you'll find more great Denton funk.
BONUS: Fort Worth
I am enamored of Fort Worth. Before Pegasus, I had no idea of the underground jazz scene, or of burgeoning Dark Americana act, Telegraph Canyon. Since then, I have taken to haunting beautiful downtown to catch shows at Scat or grab a sidecar at The Usual. The culture of Cow Town is friendly and easy-going. I've never been so happy to hang out in a saloon.
- Photos: Fort Worth Zoo welcomes two new animals
- Art review: Elvis at 21 delves into the puzzling nature of sex appeal, charisma, and intimacy
- Theater review: Stage West's Stones in his Pockets brings high-energy laughs
- Totally RAWsome photos of WWE Raw in Fort Worth
- Video: Throwback drive-in movie theater now open in Fort Worth