By Jim Schutze
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Shine on, golden warriors: Allow us to make a few enemies right here, right now, by making a hyperbolic declaration. Dallas' best chance at giving the world a Coldplay-level mega-success--one that can strike the perfect balance between mainstream adoration and critical acceptance--is Radiant. Sure, we ultimately think other local bands deserve more fame and accolades, but every time Radiant gets on a stage and belts that sky-soaring, mega-ballad rock, all we hear is an unbelievable future on top of the mainstream charts. This coming March, assuming the guys stay on schedule in the studio, the quartet will finally unleash their debut full-length, We Hope You Win, and (hopefully) prove us right.
Until then, little pushes toward national publicity can't hurt, and the guys are taking their first steps this coming Thursday when they record an hour-long concert for a new TV show called City Sessions. The program, which is scheduled to debut in March as part of a new, national satellite network called YMCtvwith as-yet-unconfirmed music and radio partners, is designed to showcase up-and-coming bands across the country--think American Bandstand without the lip-synching, audience or Dick Clark. So, um, it's nothing like American Bandstand.
We'd bitch about having to wait so long to see the results, but Radiant has cut us off at the pass by announcing an opening gig this Saturday at Curtain Club, where they'll support Dallas' best Radiohead lovers, Red Monroe. If you're the kind of reader who thinks all this "indie" stuff is too weird, then Saturday's mainstream-friendly Curtain Club show is perfect for you.
Well, in the past year, Callahan has picked up a job at Crystal Clear Distribution, taken the reins as head of Double Wide booking and, yes, organized that "second annual" gala, so we're not coming with the backtalk this year. Proceeds at Saturday's Gypsy Tea Room show again go to charity--this year, understandably, the Red Cross will be the benefactor of balls-out performances by Hogpig, Spitfire Tumbleweeds and the Angelus. Really, who needs to make a wish before blowing candles out with a dream show like that? Happy 22nd birthday, Chelsea.