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Concert Picks for June 3: Hoodie Allen, Hudson Falcons, and the Artistic State of Oak Cliff

While attending Stefan Gonzales’ well-curated “Outward Bound Mixtape” residency last night at Crown and Harp, I was struck by the amount of talent that resides in Oak Cliff, though that’s nothing new. Gonzales has been a long-time on-again/off-again resident, and seeing him along with certain other individuals in attendance led to some reflection on how some of the most interesting projects happening in recent years brainstorm and materialize in my old ‘hood. Consider the following:

Oil and Cotton’s Shannon Driscoll was heavily involved in this year’s edition of the Better Block Project and her singular vision helped expand the possibilities of the event. Then there is Driscoll’s associate and Oak Cliff resident, Ariel Saldivar, who is an associate director at Goss-Michael. The gallery’s recent Feature series led to international representation for local artist Nathan Green. There’s George Quartz and his recently completed artist-in-residency series, The Last Resort, which was brilliant. There are hometown heroes The Sour Grapes. There are the rappers who have made us proud, such as Buffalo Black and Dustin Cavazos. Artists like Lucas Martell and Stephen Lapthisophon, the latter of which has inspired those he taught at UTA, students who are now pushing Dallas deeper into the national art discourse.

Some of these folks just moved to Oak Cliff, some have been there a while, others see the neighborhood as a muse, or simply call it home. It’s important as Oak cliff grows in its cultural importance as a creative hub, that it’s also respected as an area that has historically been populated by citizens of color. Where families live and work while their surroundings are quickly changing around them. Affordable housing and large spaces are attractive to artists seeking residences with studio-sized amenities. But I hope all the growth that’s occurring at the moment has time to breathe, allowing for its long-standing residents to keep their grip on their community while watching it flourish. These reverberations aren’t coming from Bishop Arts and there is no such thing as North Oak Cliff. Oak Cliff is a lot of things to many people, and it’s still growing, with an uncertain future. As far as the current art and music landscape goes, that still makes it simply home to me. On to the shows:

Parquet Courts | Swearin | Radioactivity (Club Dada): There’s a curious punk dynamic happening tonight in Deep Ellum. On one side you have the accessible, Spotify-friendly Parquet Courts, who have made mainstream strides recently, garnering almost Arctic Monkeys-levels of attention in their rise through the ranks. This should be a fun show, where you can catch a band in the throes of ascension. Fast forward a few years, and you’ll be bragging about when you saw them live.

Hudson Falcons (Three Links): Here we have the low-key b-side to the above show. Hudson Falcons were a staple in the parking lot at the machine shop I worked at in North Fort Worth. While I’m not a huge fan of their music, it resonates with me the same way the smell of machine coolant still does.

Hoodie Allen (House of Blues): I’m going to save the obvious jokes for later. This is guilty pleasure with no chaser. Not lyrically fit, terribly interesting, Hoodie Allen is after your pocketbook. If you’re okay with that, then this show is appealing for a variety of maligned reasons.

6 comments on “Concert Picks for June 3: Hoodie Allen, Hudson Falcons, and the Artistic State of Oak Cliff

  1. Dumbest review ever. Hoodie Allen is a good artist. Lee Escobedo you have no taste in music. I bet you listen to Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber.

  2. this is awful.. Hoodie Allen is great and to say he’s after your pocketbook is the most ignorant thing to say. you CLEARLY have no clue what he’s about. the man literally gives his music away for free. he asks you to buy it, but in the same sentence he gives you the link to download it for free. and instead of selling out shows of hundreds of people in each city, he chose to take LESS money and only have 500 people per show so that his fans could have a free meet and great with him. how about you do a little research before you start spouting off nonsense.

  3. Apparently my first comment got deleted. So I’ll just post it again. Who ever made this article owes Steven (Hoodie) an apology. He is possibly the ONLY artist out there doing what he does to pursue his dream and make his fans happy. His music is actually really good and he’s getting better and bigger. This past month I attended one of his concerts, it was 30 dollars for a ticket and he guaranteed he’d meet EVERY fan, which he did. A concert for another artist I went to (Jake Miller) I paid nearly 90 dollars for a meet and greet, sound check, and first in line. The only thing that happened out of that was the meet and greet and he was no where near as friendly as Hoodie was. To accuse Steven to just be doing this for the money is insulting to not just him but to his fans. He’s doing it because it’s his dream to. Maybe next time before you criticize an artist you should do a little more research.

  4. “If your okay with that, then this show is appealling for a variety of maligned reasons”

    Other than the fact that the content of this is ludicrous, I think you should make it a priority as a magazine to get an editor that understands the proper use of YOUR and YOU’RE, as well as one that knows how to spell APPEALING. Or there is this cool program called microsoft word that knows these things as well. Just some constructive criticism to help readers maybe take you seriously in the future.

  5. “If your okay with that, then this show is appealling for a variety of maligned reasons”

    Other than the fact that the content of this is ludicrous, I think you should make it a priority as a magazine to get an editor that understands the proper use of YOUR and YOU’RE, as well as one that knows how to spell APPEALING. Or there is this cool program called microsoft word that knows these things as well. Just some constructive criticism to help readers maybe take you seriously in the future.