I wanted to start today’s round-up of shows with a rather belated congratulations to local emcee, Buffalo Black for his upcoming appearance on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s next joint, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Lee’s soundtracks are often solid collections of jazz, hip hop, classical and soul, suggesting that Buffalo Black is beyond local placement, with a sound better suited for cinema as a non-diegetic source. For whatever reason, Buffalo Black is often overlooked when it comes to local festival booking, so hopefully this will either wake up a few organizers to the young emcee’s place in North Texas music, or motivate him to look outside Dallas for recognition. Either way, shouts out to Buffalo Black. Now on to today’s shows.
“Trillwave”: Swelta | LeeIII | Trailer Swift | Dubble A (Beauty Bar): (Audrey) LeeIII is something of a grime specialist whose sets do away with needless subtleties and instead add an element of fun and danger to any event in which she appears. Swelta is leaving town for a bit, so this is one of the last times to catch him in the D. “Trillwave” has done a better job than most of filling the mid-week lull, and their extremely in-touch booking is one of their strengths.
Tokyo Police Club | Geographer | Said the Whale (Trees): Tokyo Police Club may be the main draw here, but it’s Geographer that remains one of my favorite bands for smart yet melancholic electronic pop. They just haven’t caught the momentum I expected upon first hearing them. Come embrace your inner sad boys (and girls) club.
Also this evening:
Modern Medicine | The Demigs| Forever & Everest | Danny Diamonds (J & J’s Pizza): Considering the Cerulean Giallo/Gay C*m Daddies show last night, and the Litigators/Sin Motivo bill tomorrow, this is not exactly the best show that J&J’s is hosting this week. But it’s my favorite venue in Denton and there’s pizza, so why not?
Psycho Pony (Goodfriend): This is the beginning of a month-long residency for the Neil Young cover band.
“War Dance” (The Crown and Harp): Featuring DJs Keith P and Oliver Sheppard. This is another hidden mid-week gem.
Image: Geographer. Courtesy of Windish.