In what's likely to be remembered as one of the best Dallas shows of '09, Los Angeles' Health and Ohio's Times New Viking will share a bill in town before heading off to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest. And, for each of these acts, 2009 has already been a good year.
For Times New Viking, 2009 has seen the band release its second post-Stiltbreeze Records album on Matador. Health, meanwhile, released Get Color as a follow-up to the band's brilliant 2007 self-titled debut. And since both bands' records have garnered enough positive reviews that they seem destined to pop up on many a best-albums-of-the-year list, it's fitting that the show would also feature a local act of the same caliber.
To help open the show, show promoter Parade of Flesh has booked Denton's Teenage Cool Kids, which has just returned to the region after a three-month international tour in support of Foreign Lands--the band's best work to date and a clear front-runner for best local release of 2009.
All three acts are known for their unforgettable, kinetic live shows, so the bill's already an explosive powder keg of a night even without adding Kiwi-pop/punk act Axemen.
Tough to argue with him on any of those fronts. Hell, we already named Foreign Lands out favorite local record of the year in our Best Of issue. And, as for Health? Well, check the above video, first and foremost. And, having seen this band live at the Monolith Festival earlier this year, I can comfortably say that Health's live show is every bit as visceral an experience as you'd expect. This is a show not to be missed, folks.
Which is why we send many thanks to the show's promoter, Parade of Flesh, for hooking one lucky ready up with a free pair of tickets to tonight's show. Could be you, too--if you're the first person to send me an email, starting right now, with the words "Health Care" in the subject line. Good luck!
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