Leon Bridges has been named one of the top ten artists to watch in 2015 by NME, and the accolades just keep piling on, rather deservedly, for this young musician. Let’s see where it goes. One of the most remarkable things about Bridges is that he is able to captivate both the hip and the lame; the young and the old alike. Very few musicians can say that, especially those of the local variety.
Too Fresh Productions premiered a video for the track, “King’s Cup,” by local musician Terrence Spectacle on their site earlier this week. Too Fresh founder Joel Salazar had this to say about the instantly memorable video, which features funeral imagery and yet also includes footage of people living it up, and lyrics that feature much of the same:
One feedback I will give about the video is that it I feel like it doesn’t really fit the track itself. There is only a quick mention of “funeral” in one of the verses, and to center the whole song around that premise was kind of off for me. I get that they were celebrating his life in passing, but for me it just didn’t fit.
While I can see Salazar’s point, I also think that Spectacle and his Independent Recording Arts Society-produced video are onto something here. The juxtaposition of depressing imagery with uplifting lyrics and vice-versa is an age-old trick in pop music and I think it works here. This is the most unusual Dallas hip-hop video to come across my screen in recent memory. See it by going here. Also: Read Joel Salazar’s year-in-review that we ran this week by going here.
Speaking of Salazar, he’ll be hosting the “Freestyle Sessions” at Crown and Harp this evening. Would-be emcees can get on a list around 10:30 to rap over backing tracks. DJ Tums will be the DJ this evening.
DJ Sober will be back at Beauty Bar for the regular old Thursday night “Big Bang” where you behave like you just received a promotion, or got fired; take your pick.
Finally, Luke Wade who went remarkably far on NBC’s The Voice will be at Trees tonight. How did Mr. Wade not win? He has the strongest promotional support of pretty much any North Texas I’ve ever witnessed. Let me know if Trees sells out on this one.