Luckily enough, D-FW music lovers are rarely lacking for new, quality music. But right now, there seems to be more than usual to dig into, so we want to help you out a bit. Check out these four local bands releasing great music.
American Werewolf Academy
This veteran crew is as fine a pure-rock outfit as we have in Dallas. Led by Aaron Thedford, the group will release its latest full-length album Sept. 22. Dead Without Dying and Gleefully Detached is packed with the sort of power-pop-friendly guitar rock that made the Replacements legends and the War on Drugs everyone's favorite current band. The video for "Hold on Tight," above, features drawings by Thedford (who designs the band's album covers and gig posters) as well as animation by his wife Deanna Molinaro.
Formed in 2012, the Venetian Sailors are comprised of a talented group of Dallas music veterans. Their jangly tunes rarely fit into a nice and tidy genre. A great example of both the skillful presentation and tough-to-pin-down sound is the band's sunny, jaunty "Morning People," the group's lead single from its latest album La La Language.
Bree and the Fellas
Dallas is home to stellar talents in pretty much any form of music, and jazzy R&B is certainly no exception. Breanna Parker has been performing at the Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge in Deep Ellum for some time now, and it has paid off in a fine way, as those gigs landed her a spot on the State Fair Records roster, who released the 23-year old's first EP, Girl on the Moon. Her new video for "I Know You Love Me," a stunning black and white clip filmed at Sons of Hermann Hall, lets the smoky goodness of her soulful sound shine bright.
Tapes and Topographies
Todd Gautreau has always been one of our region's more prolific, and highly-talented, recording artists. Under the Crushed Stars band name, he's offered several gorgeously moody, melodic indie-rock records, while his band Sonogram is an outlet for dreamy, atmospheric electronic music. His newest release, Signal to Noise, from under his Tapes and Topographies moniker, is a fascinating dive into beatless ambient music featuring field recordings and even some classical elements.