Perhaps it couldn't be helped. With somewhat spring-like weather in the Denton air on Thursday afternoon, it was hard to not have festival fever. In years past around this time, when 35 Denton would be taking place, you couldn't get past Dan's Silverleaf near Hickory Street before the festival fun w ... More >>
At some unknown point in the not-too-distant past, after the advent of the internal combustion engine, human beings discovered that pouring volatile chemicals into underground burrows made it much, much easier to hunt rattlesnakes and other critters. The practice, aptly called "gassing," caught on ... More >>
Work is miles away; the real world is even further. It is festival season. We begin at Hailey's in Denton. Terminator 2 kicks off the official portion of 35 Denton with a flexing of enormous sound. My everything shakes involuntarily, and it is perfect. --Kiernan Maletsky Before there was a note fro ... More >>
The festival now known as 35 Denton first set up its permanent residence in the city five years ago. More than 20 musicians from the area have played all four previous incarnations and will be back again this year. We asked a few of them to share their thoughts on the festival and its growth. See a ... More >>
So, this is definitely a top-five weekend in North Texas music annually. We're flush with bands this time of year, what with the mid-size tour Mecca four hours south and four days away. But much of what's going on in the Metroplex in the coming weeks owes at least as much of its awesome to our own d ... More >>
Hey, remember when it rained? Good times. The sock-soaking, ceaseless rain (not exactly complaining). No matter, 35 Denton soldiered on in cold wetness followed by much less cold wetness; Girls played the Granada; and Vanilla Ice sprayed water on people at Zouk. As he does. Anyway, our contribu ... More >>
At its inception, the 35 Denton music festival was simply North Texas' answer to Austin'sfamous shitshow, South by Southwest. In its third year, 35 Denton has become a legitimate music showcase, pulling names like Big Boi, The Flaming Lips and Mavis Staples into its funky little downtown square. The ... More >>
Honky-tonk vets' albums make the past feel like the future.
The scene in Lewisville during Labor Day weekend 1969Longtime Friends of Unfair Park are by now well aware of my lifetime obsession with the Texas International Pop Festival, held during Labor Day weekend in 1969 in a Lewisville field. The roster, put together by, among others, Angus Wynne, was l ... More >>
Without question, Sunday's offering at the 2011 35 Conferette was the Denton festival's strongest, featuring performances from the likes of Davila 666, Miami Horror, Colour Revolt, !!!, Portugal. The Man, Big Boi, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Gayngs, Kid Koala, Dan Deacon, The ... More >>
After a bumpy start on Thursday, with things then smoothing out a bit on Friday, it shouldn't have been terribly shocking that Saturday made for some clear sailing. Seemingly everything went off without much trouble. Of course, any night of concerts that starts with a stage full of rap video-st ... More >>
Stephen MaskerSome 35 Conferette attendees bide their time between performances.Walking toward Denton's Courthouse-on-the-Square on the first night of this year's 35 Conferette, there was little way of knowing what surprises were to come over the course of the fun-filled, and, at times, aggravati ... More >>
The headliner list for the 35 Conferette is incredibly impressive this year, with big names like Mavis Staples, Big Boi and !!! highlighting the bill. But, among the 200 and counting bands that are playing the festival, there's also a pretty great lineup of local talent. In fact, almost 100 of 22 ... More >>
Steve VisneauTrue WidowIt's been three years since local slow-grinding act True Widow released their self titled debut album to local acclaim. But their debut grabbed the attention of Kemodo Records, who signed the band just last year. And now they are poised to release their follow up, the ridic ... More >>
It's National Ice Cream Month, which got us thinking about Texas' de facto state ice cream. Below is a list of flavors Blue Bell's R&D should strike from brainstorming sessions for fear of being force-fed ghost chili-infused Ben & Jerry's. Now comes with bits o' snake!Rattlesnake: Swe ... More >>
Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk Ramblers at Sweetwater.Pretty sure we got no sleep this weekend. Here's how our weekend began: Sleep Whale, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and Ola Podrida on Friday night. Check out Spike Johnson's slideshow right here.
Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk RamblersBand: Whiskey Folk RamblersVenue: Sweetwater Bar & GrillTime: 12:15 a.m.It seemed like, no matter where I went in Denton on Friday night, everyone appeared to be much cooler than I was. At Hailey's, people's jeans were a little tighter than mine. At Dan's Sil ... More >>
Patrick MichelsSeryn's show at Sweetwater was one of many memorable--and well-attended--performances at night one of NX35 2010.The first day and night of North by 35 got underway yesterday despite many a hitch. But, in spite of the snags and snafus that volunteers were having to scramble to fix-- ... More >>
This afternoon comes word that a handful of other acts have been added to the already stout NX35 lineup. Fat Possum Records' The Walkmen is the big name, of course. But others include DFW's own Trebuchet, Saboteur and Jack with One Eye, Austin's Pure Ecstasy and French duo Electric Electric.In ... More >>
Mark C. AustinHophead wasn't the only one thirsty for beer at Bonnaroo last weekend. Hophead spent a four-day weekend at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The music, comedy, people-watching and general chaos of the thing made for an outstanding trip. But one of the hig ... More >>
Hopefully entrants in Sunday's homebrew competition come up with something better than Skittlebrau.Whether you've got your own specialty beer you're dying to share with the world or you just like free mystery drinks, make sure you block out some time Sunday afternoon. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, J ... More >>
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