The Best New Music In Dallas: Midsummer Edition
The Outfitx, TX are getting to be familiar faces this year — and Mel appreciates it
Karlo X. Ramos
Six Shooter is a recurring feature where we highlight six new releases by North
Last week, we took a look back at the year to date in Dallas music. We picked out the best North Texas concerts and raised a glass to our favorite local albums. Leon Bridges, whose debut Coming Home has already sold 38,000 copies and went to the top of Billboard's R&B charts, also topped our list of local albums. But with all that excitement behind us, we want to make sure we don't miss any of the great new music that's had us excited this summer. Here's what's had us most excited so far in June and July.
Radioactivity - Silent Kill
Good things are happening in Dallas. Leon Bridges, as we said, is getting lots of national attention. So, too, is our rap scene — a fact that's still pretty new to local rap connoisseurs. But there have always been a few scrappy punk bands in Denton and Dallas catching the eyes of angel-headed hipsters. For instance, Radioactivity, whose new album Silent Kill was premiered on Noisey. It'
Film Noir - Pink Polo EP
This project made it
Quentin Moore - Dallas Medley
Quentin Moore, an R&B singer with as smooth and sultry a voice as they come, made a superb medley of Dallas R&B and soul songs. It features the likes of Erykah Badu, Leon Bridges, RC & the Gritz and Johnny Stimson; he even snuck in a song by himself in there. Moore’s rundown of R&B from Dallas is excellent and a crash course for anyone interested in the rhythm and blues from the Triple D.
The Outfit, TX - "Big Daddy"
The Outfit, TX have been included in each and every one of these columns, and for a damn good reason. Every song they’ve released this year has been better than the next. “Big Daddy” is yet another ode to taking another guy’s significant other and having sex with her. The twist here is slight, but comical: The Outfit say they don't have to be the papa, just the "big daddy." We’ve been down this road a million times before, but charisma can make anything feel (almost) new.
88 Killa - "MPH"
Blessin' and Dripping Wet Double EP
Dallas Distortion Music put out a bunch of cassette tapes for the summer. I would say the best — er, let’s act like we’re running for president here — my favorite is the Dripping Wet and Blessin' double EP. It's a two-for-one of two of Dallas' most promising indie bands. Well, it would be promising if
Buffalo Black - "1984"
Few pieces of literature are as frightening as George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. On his song of the same name, Buffalo Black borrows from the book's bleak and hopeless goalposts in the novel — slogans like WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH and other bits of propaganda sprawled along walls by Big Brother. The production here is stark enough to put you straight into a mindstate to question the powers that be and stay woke. Systemic oppression here is the Room 101 and Buffalo Black is well aware. The jig is up. Way, way, way up.
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