Sad news out of Paris yesterday, asFrench electronic producer Dj Mehdi died at the age of 34 after a roof collapsed in his home.
The Ed Banger Records-backed DJ had collaborated with a number of big names over the years, including works with Daft Punk and Chromeo (see above). Tonight, Dallas will feel the ripples of his news; late yesterday, Chromeo announced that it would be postponing its scheduled House of Blues show tonight to honor their friend. The show will now take place on Sunday, November 20.
Announced the band in a statement about the show's move:
"Due to the tragic loss of our close friend DJ Mehdi, tomorrow's show will be postponed to November 20th. Of course, all purchased tickets will be honored or refunded at the point of purchase. We apologize for this -- we hope you understand. The Night Falls Tour will kick off this Friday in Houston.
We will be playing 'I Am Somebody' every night in celebration of Mehdi's life."
This also means, unfortunately, that there won't be a performance from Mayer Hawthorne tonight, either; the soul singer with an affinity for '60s Dallas act The Festivals was scheduled to open tonight's concert.
Had a ticket to this show? Had your sights set on seeing a show tonight? Don't fret. There's plenty else going on -- lots, actually -- as the Dallas begins netting some of ACL's spillover.
The three biggest shows tonight all feature acts that are Austin-bound.
For starters, there's the Smith Westerns at Dada tonight. Last time lo-fi Chicago favorites played in town, they were joined by Yuck for a show at the Loft. Cory Graves approved of their set -- and with a record as strong as this year's Dye It Blonde, it's easy to see why. Tonight's show should be equally impressive, especially considering that Denton's Vice-approved Sundress opens the show.
Over at Poor David's Pub tonight, there's another nice pull: The Robert Pattinson-approved folk singer Bobby Long, introduced to us by Kelly Dearmore back in April, when the played the venue for the first time. Tonight, he returns, presumably with Twilight fans again in tow, although the guy's songs deserve better than such ridicule.
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Thirdly on the ACL spillover front, there's City and Colour at the South Side Music Hall. City and Colour is the latest project from Canadian performer Dallas Green, formerly the guitarist and backing vocalist for Alexisonfire, although this outfit is considerably quieter. The real shame, though, is that this band somehow isn't involved in Colourmusic and Colour Revolt's upcoming tour, which stops through town on Friday, September 30, at the Prophet Bar.
Not on the ACL bill, there's the jazz fusion legends in Return to Forever. Darryl Smyers caught up with drummer Lenny White from the band earlier this week. Dude played with Miles Davis, which is more than you can say, so pay some respect.
Also not on the ACL front, there's Cough at Bryan Street Tavern, which continues its impressive bookings of lately, much of which comes courtesy of Parade of Flesh. The Virginia-based doom metal act will be joined on this bill by Providence doom duo The Body and experimental instrumental band Braveyoung. You probably already know to bring earplugs to this one, since, if this is where you're headed tonight, you probably weren't seeing Chromeo anyway. Still.
Lastly -- and maybe this one should be on your radar if you dig Chromeo -- The Burning Hotels, whose new album we highly approve of, are playing a free show at Renfield's Corner in Uptown. You can't beat free.