It was a short week this week thanks to the holiday weekend, but things didn't slow down very much in the music scene here in Dallas. From festival announcements to reality TV to even news of a Christmas album, the first full week of September was a busy one in DFW.
Untapped Dallas Headlined by TV on the Radio
Where to now for Untapped? It's a fair question after 2015, when the beer-and-bands festival moved to more spacious digs and, er, tapped Flaming Lips to headline. Yesterday afternoon, they gave the first clues of what this year's installment (the fifth) will look like, with news that Brooklyn indie darlings TV on the Radio will headline alongside Gogol Bordello and Kaleo. TVOTR's recorded output hasn't matched their earliest efforts in recent years, but they remain a top-notch live act and a good pick for Untapped.
Elbow Room Says It (Still) Doesn't Plan on Closing
There was plenty of reason for concern among Dallas dive lovers when, at the end of July, reports surfaced that the Elbow Room may be facing an imminent closure. The problem is a bizarre case of eminent domain in which Texas A&M may or may not opt to close the Deep Ellum bar and turn it into a dental school. At the time, Elbow Room owners were steadfast in their plans to stay put, and earlier this week they took to Facebook to make clear that nothing has changed:
Crowdus Street Gets a (Temporary) Makeover
Getting tired of the traffic in Deep Ellum on the weekends? Well, wait until you see Crowdus Street this month! Starting Sept. 4, three blocks of the street have been closed off to become a pedestrian area decorated with lights, tress, picnic tables and artwork. The project, called Reimagine Crowdus, will be hosting various entertainment for the rest of the month. But the point isn't to make a nuisance, as organizers tell the Observer .
Kadie Lynn Roberson Misses America's Got Talent Finals
Dallas is never too far away from its next reality TV star. In its final season earlier this year, American Idol fans got to bask in the return of Kelly Clarkson and the rise of Dalton Rappatoni. Okay, so The Real Housewives of Dallas might've been a bust, but this week Kemp native Kadie Lynn Roberson almost made it all the way on the current season of America's Got Talent. The 12-year-old, who sang a LeeAnn Womack song in the semifinals, had a chance at the show's $1 million prize but missed the cut Wednesday on reaching the finals. Still an impressive job from the middle school student.
Kacey Musgraves Makes a Christmas Album
Now that Labor Day is out of the way, it's just about time for the Christmas decorations to go up. Er, wait a minute. Maybe not quite, but Kacey Musgraves, for one, is already in the holiday spirit: Earlier this week she announced plans to release A Very Kacey Christmas, which will features cameos from the likes of Willie Nelson and Leon Bridges. Just to prove Christmas really does come earlier every year, the release date is Oct. 28 — before Halloween.
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