Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Local ear candy: 5 new songs from Dorrough, Exit 380 and more
For your hip-hop, alt-rock listening pleasure.
“It’s Our Time (Cowboys Anthem),” Dorrough Music
There’s a new official anthem for the ’Boys fanatics among us, featuring none other than Dorrough Music, the self-possessed 26-year-old rapper who has brilliantly repped the Big D in the past with several mix tapes and standout singles (“Ice Cream Paint Job,” “Get Big”). Like other motivational tracks commissioned by teams for stadium play and game broadcasts, the DJ Felli Fel-produced “It’s Our Time” runneth over with football references, all highly specific to this particular Cowboys roster and season. It’s still effective as a beat-centric crowd booster, even if Dorrough is forced by the song’s structure to adopt a frequently abused Nelly rap-sing technique. I urge you to dig deeper into the guy’s non-pep-rally catalogue, starting with his 2013 mixtape Shut the City Down.
“The Tortoise and the Hare,” The Weekend Hustler
The Weekend Hustler consists of husband and wife Andrew and Charlie Meals — he’s the North Texas rapper who performs as Multi-ID (you may remember his presence in the now defunct Big Red Rooster), she’s a spunky, pop-obsessed Brit who moved to Texas after meeting him at Coachella a few years ago. I like to think of them as Dallas’ own pared-down version of The Black Eyed Peas. While their hip-hop/party rock tunes lack complexity, they’re also unpretentious and fun. Multi’s verses easily outsmart Will.i.Am’s, and his wife (stage name: Lady Multi) gives off a strangely compelling blend of Fergie, Ke$ha, and Peaches. They hooked up with alt-rapper Mod Sun for the live-in-the-moment jam “The Tortoise and the Hare.” A debut album will come out early next year; the Weekend Hustler will do its thing live October 26 during the South by So What? music festival at Grand Prairie’s QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE feat. MOD SUN
“La Rosa Carlina,” Exit 380
After a successful local alt-rock run in the early 2000s, Exit 380 and its hard-working frontman Dustin Blocker began to play around with other sounds and styles, even cutting a couple of folk-tinged concept albums. They continue on that path with the just released single “La Rosa Carlina,” a mandolin-backed waltz that evokes fellow style-shifter Eddie Vedder’s work on the Into the Wild soundtrack. I like those oddly high-pitched background vocals that contrast Blocker’s lower register in the last chorus as he serenades the object of his affection. These dudes are becoming more subtle and tasteful with every release. Look for the new album Photomaps soon, and see these guys take the stage November 17 at House of Blues’ Cambridge Room, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas.
“New World,” Street Cries
Jordan Williams and Brent Elrod have moved pretty fast since forming Street Cries six months ago: There’s a new EP coming at the end of the year, and the first single “New World” — appropriately themed for two guys just starting something fresh — already premiered online. It’s a satisfying dose of alt-rock — all fuzzed-out production, filtered vocals and face-scrunching guitar breakdowns. Williams (formerly of Hormones) plays drums and sings; Elrod handles guitars and synths. I’ll be interested to see how they handle everything live, but that’s usually the last step in new-local-band development.
“Follow My Feet,” The Unlikely Candidates
Getting signed to a label deal at South by Southwest is impressive these days, considering the attention deficit disorder that pervades the annual music gathering. But somehow it happened to the Keller/Fort Worth pop-rock quintet The Unlikely Candidates (if ever there was a perfect band name …). Atlantic Records picked up the guys and recently released the single “Follow My Feet.” While the band members defy gravity in the music video (which premiered on PerezHilton.com), they stay somewhat grounded in the tune itself, as singer Kyle Morris ponders an uncertain (but melodic!) future over reverb-y axe lines and dripping piano chords. The guys are currently on a national tour.