This week has seen some real drama in Dallas music news, although none of it had to do with Kanye West. (Well, okay, some of the news did, but not the dramatic stuff.) No, the drama had to do with Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez. Fortunately, there was also some pretty good news, too, as Dallas hands out a grant to a musician, which leads our news highlights for this week in Dallas music:
-Topic gets first-ever musician's grant from City of Dallas
One small step for -Topic, one (potentially) giant leap for Dallas musicians. The through line on music in Dallas has long been that the city doesn't do much to nurture its talent. The Office of Cultural Affairs' has been trying to right that over the past year, and news that -Topic received the first OCA grant for music could potentially mark a change in how musicians here interact with the powers that be. "It proves that there's a chance for artists like me here to really do something amazing," -Topic told us in an interview yesterday. "Makes me super proud."
Justin Bieber deletes his Instagram after Selena Gomez burn
You can't really blame Selena Gomez if she's tired of hearing about that one ex of hers. You know, Justin Bieber. (Especially the "Marry Me Justin" signs.) So it wasn't entirely surprising that she felt the need to chime in when Biebs got ganged up on for posting a photo on Instagram with his new girlfriend, Sophia Richie. But maybe it worked a little too well: the former couple got into a war of words, exchanging apparent accusations of cheating, before Bieber deleted his account and prompted Gomez to apologize.
The Dividends to play free show at Twilite Lounge
Nobody really does the special-occasion free show quite like Twilite Lounge. Artists like Old 97's, Sam Outlaw and, hell, even Jason Isbell have all shown up to play under the stars on the patio there. Now the Dividends, a band who are only a band when they decide to be, will add another on Sept. 18. The duo, consisting of Sarah Jaffe and S1, played an album release show at Trees earlier this summer, and this will be their first show since then. "We are beyond stoked to have Sarah and S1 play our intimate outdoor stage," says Twilite co-owner Danny Balis, via a press release. With free admission, good luck making it in the door. Should be more than packed.
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Cause revealed for cancellation of free Village People show
Last week, Mark Cuban launched his latest pet project at The Bomb Factory, dubbed "AXS Concert Hosted By Mark Cuban" (which, ironically, he didn't show up to host). That first show featured the Monkees, and the second installment was supposed to take place this week with the Village People. Except it got canceled. GuideLive reports that there was a very specific reason for the show didn't happen: Cuban and Co. didn't pay the royalties to broadcast the songs on TV. Oops.
Kanye West announces Dallas pop-up store (in Frisco)
It's been a long time since Kanye West has been in Dallas. Aside from catching one of his Yeezy Season launches in a movie theater, he hasn't been here in the flesh since he played American Airlines Center in 2013. And, well, you'll have to wait till next month for him to come back. In the meantime, you can totally buy some of his swag with "Dallas" written on it (because isn't that what everyone lives for?) when one of his 21 secret Life of Pablo-themed pop-up stores opens today at Stonebriar Center in Frisco. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 Sunday.