After last week's adds to Denton's upcoming 35 Conferette in March (Jessica Lea Mayfield, A Place to Bury Strangers, Nit Jewel) and the round of added performers announced prior to that one (Mavis Staples, Royal bangs, Reggie Watts, Damien Jurado) our take on the growing lineup card, as you might imagine, was quite positive. "Shaping up quite nicely," was our precise choice of words, actually.
Well, with a new round of bands announced today, let's switch "nicely" to "impressively."
Today, 35 Conferette has added to its bill another eight names. The highlights: Philadelphia-based psych-rock outfit Dr. Dog, New Orleans bounce rapper Big Freedia, Baltimore electronics wizard Dan Deacon, and Austin garage rockers White Denim. Also: Mondo Drag, Houses, Coolrunnings and Mother Falcon.
Check the full press release on this latest announcement -- which includes ticket-buying information -- after the jump.
35 Conferette Adds Dr. Dog, Big Freedia, Dan Deacon to 2011 Lineup
DENTON, Texas (December 7, 2010) -- 35 Conferette welcomes a feast of standout performers -- Dr. Dog, Big Freedia, and Dan Deacon -- to its 2011 roster today. Accordingly, we're passing on the first-graf-lede introduction and providing one for each headliner that will join Mavis Staples, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Reggie Watts and many more in Denton, the other, smaller music town in Texas, March 10-13, 2011.
Presale tickets for 35 Conferette via Prekindle.com are available at a discounted price of $70 for a very limited time.
Dr. Dog, a long-beloved Philadelphia psych-rock collective formed in 1999, toured with the likes of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Raconteurs before singing to Anti-Records. The "distinctive mix of exuberance and melan-cholia" [SPIN] that is 2010's Shame, Shame totes the single "Where'd All the Time Go," which you may have heard if you've flipped on your music-formatted public radio station in the last hour. Paste hails the track for its "mellotron undulating like high tide, a wave of backing harmony and a set of quick guitar licks, all playing like a Pet Sounds B-side."
Queen Diva of Bounce and ringmaster of the New York Times Magazine-profiled sissy movement, Big Freedia explodes rooms and expectations as the liberator of crowds. From her native New Orleans outward, Freedia has drawn attention to the power of cross-dressing/transgender-aware sissy bounce's detachment from traditionally narrow attitudes in mainstream hip-hop. She has shared stages and bills with Spank Rock, De la Soul, and 35 Conferette-mates Japanther among others.
2010's event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia's The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton's Midlake supporting. Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the lineup, deemed a "scorcher" by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.
Dan Deacon's connective, accessibly artful spirit has been known to send him to the floor, level with his audience. The absurdist composer and electronic musician has performed alone and with a 15-piece orchestra in spaces like the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the Montreal Pop Festival and Bumbershoot among others. In an attempt to qualify the anticipation for Deacon's 2009 community-themed record Bromst, Pitchfork explains how he "creates a dense rush of sound and then guides it through changes as broad as mountains, these shifts that slide together like blocks and burrow straight into some basic pleasure center deep in the gut of the western scale." White Denim, Mondo Drag, Houses, Mother Falcon and Coolrunnings have also joined the lineup.
35 Conferette is committed to improving the economics and quality of life in Denton. We reach for these goals via programmatical rocksploitation, rousing community union, and providing meaningful travel coupon codes. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and check 35Conferette.com soon for news and updates.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.