Monday, December 20, 2010
North Texas’ top five bandwagon stories of 2010
Who hopped on the music bandwagon? We'll tell you.
Our bandwagon stories are a culmination of the most popular ideas, themes, and artists that we think you should know about if you didn't already enjoy them in 2010. There's always time in 2011.
5. Frisco: The well-worn paths of local music goers leave trails throughout Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. Add to that list the sleepy suburb of Frisco. In the past seven months, Lochrann’s Irish Pub in Frisco has pulled in names like Telegraph Canyon, Rhett Miller, RTB2, Dove Hunter, and the Burning Hotels.
Wellhouse Co., a promotions company partnered with Spune Productions, has taken Frisco under its wing to ignite some local musical excitement. Although Lochrann’s seems to be the only adequately sized venue for these types of shows in the city, the potential is there for others to spring up. So next time you're in Frisco shopping or eating at one of their bazillion restaurants, it’s time you stopped in for some good music.
4. Vinyl: Record stores are back in the spotlight thanks to the death of the CD. Music has gone digital, and what better way to listen to lo-fi indie music than on a record player? Vinyl sales are booming, and record stores like Good Records in Dallas are taking full advantage of the recent interest in LPs. For those who thought that vinyl would be extinct, think again.
3. “Don't tell anyone, but we're headed to Deep Ellum”: The first rule of the Deep Ellum revival is: Don't talk about the Deep Ellum revival. It's not what it was in the '90s, and it might not ever be. But Deep Ellum is inching its way back into local music's good graces, with a big win when Trees re-opened, and another boon when Club Dada re-opens. Those interested in a resurgence of Deep Ellum want it to happen organically – not with a lot of pomp and circumstance. That would be so not Deep Ellum. Yet we've got the Green Line stopping there, the new Pillar Park art, and the reopening of the Green Room. A recent Zombie Walk brought 4,000 people down there – virally – to shamble the streets and enjoy the after-hours bar scene that's really no secret. We're cheering you on, Deep Ellum. Now do something big.
2. The local music takeover: We can't count the number of times we've heard that “there just isn't anyone who supports local music in DFW.” Really? 2010 brought a host – an abundance – of groups who are true local music lovers. You've got Infrequent Exposure, the arrival of KXT 91.7 FM, the Local Yokel show, the Local Hang, The Local Edge. There's music guru Chelsea Callahan, who's everywhere; production company Spune; local music blogs galore; and venues that book almost solely local shows. And of course, you've got PegNews, no stranger to local music cheerleading when it's deserved. Local music is thriving in North Texas, and you should get in on some of it.
1. Folk music: The indie world has gone country! Well not really country, just folky bluegrass. Over the past year, folk music has exploded into DFW in ways we hadn't seen in years prior. Bands like The O’s, Sarah Jaffe, The Beaten Sea, Spooky Folk, and Seryn have thrived from this fantastic trend. They have done a great job of spreading their sound and possibly cementing a permanent spot.
For indie-loving fans, this was a natural progression from the electro and chillwave of 2009. This genre bodes well with Dentonites, the Fort Worth folk, and has slowly bled into the Dallas scene.
Who fell off the bandwagon?
Ishi: Before the summer began, Dallas-based electro-dance hipsters Ishi ruled the local music scene with their catchy beats. Every Sunday night, the Local Edge would feature one of their tracks; they won the radio station’s contest to perform at Edgefest; released their full-length debut; and were poised to take over more than just the Dallas music scene. Then, nothing. Barely more than a peep was heard from them aside from the wayward show. The band is set to perform on New Year’s Eve at Trees in Deep Ellum, and we're hoping it's a long awaited return to the local music scene.
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