Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Local ear candy: 5 must-hear songs from Index Festival artists
Index Festival takes place across Deep Ellum October 18-19.
DEEP ELLUM Index Festival will land in Deep Ellum on Friday and Saturday, offering attendees chances to see several many top-notch North Texas acts in addition to national headliners such as Girl Talk and Andrew Bird. Check out five songs we hope to hear during the fest.
“Yo Mama,” Larry g(EE)
A couple of years before Robin Thicke aimed to seduce the good girls of the world with the ubiquitous pop hit “Blurred Lines,” Dallas singer Larry g(EE) explored the same subject matter with equal fervor in “Yo Mama,” the standout song from his 2011 EP Weekends. Rather than crib a Marvin Gaye beat, though, Larry delivered his come-ons to a track brassy enough to serve as the closer of any soul revue. His lived-in, scratchy voice compliments his background singers’ shouts nicely. Maybe he’ll bring them along to his late-night set. Day 1, 12:15-1:45 a.m. at Trees.
Larry g(EE) Performs “Yo Mama” on Jimmy Kimmel Live
“Wheel to the Garden,” Telegraph Canyon
Back in May, the esteemed Fort Worth chamber-folk band Telegraph Canyon released its first new single in more than three years. Starting and ending with melancholy piano chords and moving along to a ’50s slow-dance rhythm, “Wheel to the Garden” takes off when the impassioned, nuanced vocals of frontman Chris Johnson meet his band’s chorus. The lyrics come off as a bit enigmatic, especially considering Johnson’s delightfully muddled pronunciations, so let’s hope for some insightful intro of the tune when T.C. takes the Index stage on Friday. Day 1, 9-9:45 p.m. at Trees, 2709 Elm St.
“Defense,” Sarah Jaffe
So many singer-songwriter types hit the big time with a catchy tune or an inspired vocal and then go on to pump out safe, respectable material as long as they can sell tickets. Good thing Sarah Jaffe doesn’t rest on the remarkable quality of her pipes. Thanks to her ever-expanding interest in a wide range of sounds — from bubble-gum pop to beat-freak-level hip-hop — she’s felt comfortable applying that voice to different styles of music. In addition to working with in-demand North Texas hip-hop producer S1 on an upcoming joint project called The Dividends, Jaffe has also recently made waves with the solo single “Defense.” Its percussion-centric arrangement (produced by McKenzie Smith, natch) pairs perfectly with a melody that won’t easily detach from your brain. Day 2, 7:45-8:45 p.m. on the outdoor Red Hook Stage
Sarah Jaffe - Defense
“Where You Been?” A.Dd+
Grab your spot for this set early if you can. Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy make up one of Dallas’ biggest-drawing rap acts, and they’re sure to give a fiery performance full of head-bobbing selections from their two full-length releases. “Where You Been?” is a track from 2013’s Divehiflylo, which I believe will see a national release soon. I’m loving the contrast between the syrupy Burn One-produced track and the rapid-fire verses. Day 2, 12:20-1:35 a.m. at the Boiler Room, 2723 Elm St.
Parental advisory, and all that stuff:
“Where You Been?” [Official Video] by A.Dd+
“Disco Queen,” Ishi
Having grown up on heaping helpings of ’80s MTV, I often lament the shortage of straightforward dance-pop acts in Dallas. But at least we’ve got Ishi, led by the charismatic frontman John Mudd. Early Ishi live shows were compared to aerobics classes because of the band’s ability to make its crowd move. And it certainly takes no effort to find the groove in the single “Disco Queen,” from this year’s Digital Wounds. “The beat drops/we collide/to the rhythm of the night.” No mixed messages there. Day 2, 12:35-1:50 a.m. at Trees.
ISHI - Disco Queen (Official Video)
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