35 Denton – March 8-11 2012
Oh man, we’re really excited about 35 Denton! The Blurries will be playing twice this week:
Wednesday, March 7 – @ J & J’s Pizza (8 pm). FREE show. Pre-festing before 35 Denton Fest devours us all. w/ Last Joke, Leatherbag, Bad Design, & On After Dark.
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Now in its fourth year, 35 Denton is maturing into a must-hit destination for serious music fans.
The four-day festival (having finally shed the baffling “conferette” tag) is one of the few — if not the only — North Texas festivals devoted to a finely calibrated mixture of indie stars, next big things, local favorites and a sprinkling of fondly remembered cult heroes from the bookers’ halcyon youth.
35 Denton will fill the clubs, bars, restaurants and public spaces in the college town with more than 150 bands. (Along with two main, outdoor stages, 11 venues are participating in this year’s festival.)
Headlining acts include a rare set from Scottish alt-rockers the Jesus and Mary Chain, en route to this year’s South by Southwest, as well as appearances from Built to Spill, Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls.
Lots of area musicians, including a fistful from Fort Worth, will make the trek up north over the course of 35 Denton. Here are five national and five local bands worth catching when the festival kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and continues through March 11.
The Blurries (11:30 p.m. March 9 at Mellow Mushroom): One of my favorite local albums of last year, the Blurries’ Paper Cuts proved a fine reintroduction to the criminally underappreciated fellas formerly known as Slider Pines: Andy Lester, Bill Spellman and Joey Shanks. Moving easily from roots-tinged rock to gleaming power-pop, the Blurries are one of the area’s best-kept secrets — but they shouldn’t be.