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Scenes from Oaktopia Music Festival in Denton

Oaktopia Music Festival took over downtown Denton this weekend. The three-day festival featured performances from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Thundercat, and more than 75 other local and national acts. At the outdoor festival grounds and venues throughout the city, it was easy to find a lot of smiling North Texas music fans. James Coreas was there to photograph them all — A bunch of them, at least. Go here for more photos from Oaktopia or head to the “slideshow” link on the photo above.

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Tim DeLaughter Reflects on 15 Years Leading The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree played its first show on July 15, 2000, at the now-defunct Gypsy Tea Room. It was the opening act for a sellout show by indie-rock band Grandaddy, but the crowd was eager, too, to see the debut of the new project from Tim DeLaughter, the former frontman for Tripping Daisy, Deep Ellum heroes throughout much of the ’90s. The group was smaller then than it would be going forward—only 13 members took the stage, as opposed to as many as 25 later on—but the hallmarks were already in place: joyful songs played with ecstatic, almost maniacal glee by a symphonic-leaning band in choir robes. The band’s stage presentation has gotten bigger and more elaborate, somewhere between an off-Broadway musical and a tent revival, but the essential nature of the group remains unchanged from that first show. The Spree is on tour to celebrate its 15th anniversary. We caught up with DeLaughter just before he took the circus out on the road again.

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15 Concerts to See in Dallas This Weekend

First of all, you should be aware that a McDonald’s-obsessed Black Sabbath cover band with songs like “Frying Pan,” “Sweet Beef,” and “Pair-a-Buns” is in Dallas this weekend. They look like this. Elsewhere, we’re looking forward to shows from Hall and Oates, Destroyer, and Ratatat, while Denton gets into music festival mode.

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