The Black Cassettes
I had the pleasure of catching The Black Cassettes for the first time a year ago at “Not Another Halloween Party”, the Halloween weekend campout event hosted by Basshead Society. Fast-forward to this year—the band has been causing a commotion in the Dallas scene with their heavy-hitting punk style led by Casey Christian, the fiery, talented vocalist and guitarist of the trio. Unafraid of commanding the stage presence that’s vital with punk culture, this band brings a hell of a live show that has the energy of a steaming locomotive about to go off the rails. This band’s debut EP is on the horizon, so be on the lookout for some amazing music coming soon. Catch them Dec. 27 at Three Links in Deep Ellum, and keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram (@theblackcassettes).
XUAN (pronounced like “swan”) recently released her full-length album Have Some Fun a couple weeks ago, having her packed release show at Double Wide in Deep Ellum. Four of the songs were released as singles before the full album release: “Big Blue Ocean”, “Not The Man”, “Sheila” and “We Were Just Talking.” XUAN has a wonderfully spunky pop sound, weaving vivid pictures and situations with her clever lyrics and upbeat attitude. I literally listened to this album on repeat for days when I first got my hands on it. Fresh off her Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Pop Act, this fireball is one to watch out for. From her wacky stage antics to the costumes she makes, her creative spark is awe-inspiring. Find her upcoming event announcements on her Facebook and Instagram (@stoplookingatmexuan).
Sub-Sahara just got back into DFW after a two-week East Coast tour, heading all the way out to Pennsylvania and NY to ripcurl back down through Nashville and New Orleans before closing out the run in a heavy performance for the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase. They would go on to win Best Live Act at the awards on Tuesday. They released their EP entitled Infatuation just last month, hitting Fort Worth-Dallas-Denton in one weekend for the release extravaganza. Every song on the EP emulates the theme of “infatuation,” bringing the listener on an obsessive journey of passion, embodying the highs and lows with a spectrum of sound. A fitting name to the collection of songs, I am simply infatuated with this band and their incredibly unique sound. Check them out Dec. 15 at Double Wide in Dallas, and Dec. 21 at Main at South Side in Fort Worth.