At The Drive-In is Playing at Trees Tuesday Night and Other Show Notes

You may have noticed that Texas emo legends (not many of those, are there?) At the Drive-In have been performing in such event-rich locales as Marfa and Red 7 in Austin, ahead of their much discussed appearance at Coachella.

Tickets are now on sale for a last-minute Dallas appearance at Trees tomorrow night, so aging, nostalgic, emotional rock fans of dubious taste, you had better act now. They seriously might sell out by the time you finish reading this post. Update: Tickets sold out in three minutes, according to the Trees Facebook page.

And in case you don’t know, At the Drive In were a beloved post hardcore act from El Paso, who were phenomenally influential in their seemingly short career, inspiring youngsters around the world to grow out their hair and play agitated guitar music, before the same fans all became DJs just a handful of years later. They are regarded as one of the best live acts of their time, and their microphone twirling antics are still hailed as “seminal.” The group notably covered the seldom-tackled “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” from the first Pink Floyd album. That’s probably the best thing about them. They then gave the world Mars Volta and Sparta, leading their fan-base down two respectively different rabbit-holes that were simply cruel. It even led some individuals who had once harbored good sense to drive all the way to Houston to watch an emo prog band perform a three-hour set.

Now, back to the future: The locally-founded, and still part-locally based, Forest Family Records will be seeing the Dallas debut of one of their acts this evening, as Keep Shelly in Athens performs at the Prophet Bar. FrontRow was really hoping to have the balearic-styled Greek group perform at one of our live events last year, but unfortunately, visa issues derailed the process. That’s an all-too-familiar story for North Texas music fans lately. Forest Family is releasing both of the group’s sold-out EPs as one package later this month. Here’s a video for the band’s recent track, “Our Own Dream.”



If you’re in Denton this evening, Rubber Gloves has its “Denton is Burning” weekly, which is an “LGBTQI-friendly party for gay-straight wants and gay-straight needs.” It’s also a low-key way to see some of the area’s best dance talent, when they aren’t playing packed weekend parties in undisclosed locations.

Finally, speaking of “FrontRow Live,” have a look at our lineup for our next event in May, which features Strfkr, Ben Aqua, and Onra.






  • chris p

    literature from austin Wednesday @ the lions den

  • OldMan

    It’s too late all you “aging, nostalgic, emotional rock fans of dubious taste” – At The Drive In sold out in three minutes.

  • Gavin

    Whose the designer who crushed that logo? I want to never hire him.

  • jason

    lot’s of dudes likes us old man

  • Patrick

    Gavin, it likely might be one who took classes from the same genius who taught you grammar and spelling.

    “Who is” would be written as “Who’s” because it is a contraction, not showing ownership.

    Your little quip might have been a little funnier if we didn’t have to re-read it because of your poor grasp on the written English language.

  • Murphy

    I bought one ticket at 145 then the other at 2 pm. Guess i got lucky

  • albert

    I was at the Austin show. I’m willing to bet that the majority of the crowd was under twenty-five, not “aging, nostalgic, emotional rock fans of dubious taste.” It’s been 11 years, and their music is still unique and relevant. I doubt any of the synth-ridden, reverb-diluted, lame-excuse-for-a-pop-song, macbook&pedal artists you champion will create anything people will want to listen to, or pay money to see, eleven years from now. Create something of substance, hipsters. Quality over quantity always.

  • OldMan

    I hope everyone reading the comments understand that I took the phrase “aging, nostalgic, emotional rock fans of dubious taste” out of Mosley’s story about ATDI. And I was being sarcastic as I am one of those “aging, nostalgic, emotional rock fans of dubious taste” and last night saw the show of the year so far in Dallas at Trees. Connecting with the crowd as well as any band I have seen in a long time, Cedric Bixler Zavala and ATDI brought their A game last night.

  • albert

    @oldman, my comment wasn’t directed at you. I love atdi; I’m also 20. It was directed at Mosley and his 2013-skinnyjean assumptions.

    • Christopher Mosley

      Now to be fair, Albert, who do you think brought skinny jeans back in the first place?

  • This review sucks. There’s a hell of a lot more you could say about ATDI, easily and without much trouble. Firstly, they’re not emo. Also, the cynicism, saying that their fans all became DJs, demonstrates a lack of awareness of the actual social impact of the band in your own state. Their work responds to the particularly fractured and very violent culture of El Paso / Juarez that was just becoming prevalent at the time they were making their first records. Seriously, they are a deeply interesting band, especially considering their brief career. And though their stage performance, and yes their style, has proven influential, as the review and these posts note, there’s a lot more that could be said about the forms in the songwriting. Also, I attended the Marfa show and the majority of the crowd was under 25.