DFW Music News

News and Notes: Seryn Gets More Paste Love, Will Johnson Gets NPR'd and Much, Much More

Got a whole grab-bag of local music notes to pass along today, but none is bigger than this: Yesterday, Paste announced its list of the year's best albums so far, and coming in at No. 4 on their list was Denton's Own Seryn's album, This Is Where We Are. The baroque five-piece finished behind only Bon Iver, The Decemberists and Gillian Welch and ahead of, well, everyone else, including My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes and Cults.

It's the second time that Paste has honored Seryn in a "2011 so far" list; back in April the magazine said the band had the seventh best song of the year up until that point. The continued love affair between the magazine and band is almost amusingly incessant at this point, but it's all certainly well-deserved -- just two weeks ago, the band's debut full-length led off our article naming of the best local albums released so far this year.

For even more local music news than you can shake a stick at, hit the jump.

  • National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" caught up with Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson for a flattering eight-plus-minute piece late last week, catching up with the man they've rightfully deemed "one of the hardest-working people in indie rock." It's a great listen, especially in light of the release of Centro-matic's latest album, Candidate Waltz, which is as good an album as we've heard this year. If we were putting out our list of best albums released so far in 2011 this week, its inclusion would be certain. You can give the NPR piece a listen and read its accompanying article right here.

  • On Sunday night, the BET Awards simulcast Beyonce's headlining performance at the Glastonbury festival for their television audiences -- a nice treat in an otherwise stale offering, for sure. And a nice local treat, too: Of the two songs Beyonce performed, one was her song "Best Thing I Never Had," which, you'll recall, was produced by Dallas' Own fast-rising Symbolyc One. Unfortunately, it looks as if all Internet videos of that performance have been taken down already.

  • FrontRow reports that Brooklyn-dwelling Denton ex-pat Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo and formerly of Teenage Cool Kids has yet another new band in the works at the moment. The band's called Parquet Courts. No music from the outfit yet, although Savage has released a mix of his band's influences.

  • It should be noted that Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles-based company behind the Electric Daisy Carnival, puts on more events in Dallas than that one big party in Fair Park. In the coming weeks, the company has three more electronic music events in store for the city: The Glitch Mob on July 6 at Trees; BT on July 30 at Lizard Lounge; and Dash Berlin on August 6 also at Lizard Lounge.

  • Back at the start of this month, Eisley manager/father Boyd DuPree told us that, now that his family's band is no longer touring, fans can expect a new EP at some point this fall. Seems the band is hard at work on that front: Earlier this week, Alternative Press posted a 17-second teaser clip of co-vocalist Sherri DuPree-Bemis tracking some demo vocals for the upcoming release. Watch it here, if you must.

  • Last but not least, some free song downloads worth sharing: Bloozy area faves THe BAcksliders have released a free download of Roy Wood's 1970 song "Hello Susie," which you can get here, and the pop-punky Forever The Sickest Kids, in honor of summer, have made their song "Summer Song" available as a free download on their Facebook page.

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Pete Freedman
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