Nolan Thies

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    16 of the Best Local Releases of 2012 1/2

    As we wind down the month of June and find ourselves square in the middle of 2012, there's that old familiar nudge to gather, quantify, qualify and categorize the local music we've enjoyed so far this year. Here are some of of favorites.

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Little Black Dress

    Don't Worry Baby EP "Exploding Plastic/Idol Records"

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    All Time Top Five: Little Black Dress' Favorite Beach Boys Songs

    Little Black Dress.​Local dream-pop outfit Little Black Dress has finally followed up on the promise that was displayed with their full-length debut, Snow in June, of a couple of years ago. They're doing so by offering up a pretty sweet-sounding, limited-edition vinyl single, no less. The ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Listen: New Sounds from A.Dd , Flowers of God, Sore Losers, Little Black Dress, St. Vincent, Analog Rebellion and Paul Henry North

    If it feels like things have been hectic of late, that's because they have been. October just tends to be that way around these parts, what with standard fall touring schedules pumping up the show-going options on top of the hype and added excitement that comes with such seasonal events as Austin Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Three Hot and Edgy Shows To See Tonight

    Quite the diverse trio of shows in our area this evening as a fine local act and a couple of touring combos make things awfully interesting.

  • Music

    April 14, 2011


    Heavy Sugar (Idol Records)

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Watch: Menkena -- "I'm One"

    ​Excuse us if we've spent too much time covering Menkena in these past few weeks, sharing music videos with you, and giving you free songs off their debut record and all. It's just that, you see, we've been sitting on With You I'll Travel, the full-length debut from the so-called acoustic shoegaze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Bonus MP3: Calhoun -- "Lioness"

    ​In this week's paper, I used up a good chunk of ye olde music section talking up our takes on the most anticipated releases due out in '11 -- and for good reason, since, even after a strong 2010, this year stands a pretty decent chance of topping that one.One of the main reasons we're so high on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Watch: Little Black Dress -- "Snow in June"

    ​We've been in a fairly nostalgic and retrospective mood of late -- maybe you've noticed our pretty much constant looks back at this year of late? -- which got us thinking: Looking back on the year that was 2009, is there an area band or release that we didn't give the shine it deserved?In a word: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Menkena -- "Red In The Morning (feat. Nikki Cage of True Widow)"

    ​ Speaking of records we've been waiting on, seems there's finally news out of Menkena camp on the release of its debut album, With You I'll Travel, which has been finished since, oh, about February and stuck on our personal most-anticipated local releases list ever since. Blame the delay on the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    DC9 Live at El Sibil, Ep. 13: Menkena

    While we're at it, here's your YouTube link too.Jimmy Menkena knows as well as anyone how satisfying it can be to let loose screaming and just wail on the guitar onstage. By the time he moved to Dallas in 2006, he'd already done that, in a past life in a skate punk band in New York.As he tells it in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Bonus MP3: Little Black Dress -- "End Film"

    This week's print supplement to DC9 includes my review of Little Black Dress' debut album Snow In June. Little Black Dress, as you'll recall, is a collaboration between Nolan Thies and Toby Pipes and is the first release from Idol Records imprint Exploding Plastic Records. Though he has a respectabl ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009

    Little Black Dress

    Snow in June (Exploding Plastic/Idol)

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Exploding Plastic Records, The New Sub-Label From Idol Records, Names Little Black Dress As Its First Signee

    Just about a month ago, we first passed along word of the creation of Exploding Plastic Records, the new Idol Records sub-label that plans to focus primarily on putting out records from a more artsy crop of artists than Idol normally backs. And, today, the label has confirmed what sub-label head Dyl ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2007