Index Fest Review

Index Fest this weekend was a blast! Spune – thanks for bringing in some incredible artists that I got to dance my booty off to – despite the cold!

So a brief overview friends – Friday my favorite band of the evening was Grimes. The girls were cute and crazy and were the only people in the world who could pull off wearing trash bags on their heads! Their music was spot – on and I couldn’t help but enjoy every moment of it by dancing non-stop.

After Grimes was finished we went inside to catch a little bit of Quiet Company – on the inside stage – which was a perfect moment of high energy rock before finishing up our Friday night with Portugal, The Man.

(It seems as if chambray was the theme of the weekend… as both the lead singers from Portugal, The Man and on Saturday, the lead singer from Surfer Blood and I were all matching. Twinsies!)

We kicked off Saturday with a little bit of Americana rock from Telegraph Canyon – and immediately after decided that we need more of them in our lives. Also – the only female member of the group was incredibly high energy, crazy talented, and had on the coolest tights in town. So – they’ve got that going for them too.

The GZA had the best audience interaction of the day – chatting with the crowd, bringing a nine year old girl named Abigail on stage, and at the end of the day giving her a couple hundred bucks to invest on books, not video games.

My all around favorite for Saturday though was Washed Out. They inspired plenty of dancing (which is a great way to stay warm when its 45 degrees outside) and they managed to hype up the energy despite festival goers being cold and weary.


So good job Spune Productions – I look forward to rockin’ my body to whatever line-up you bring us next year!


*All photos are from the official Spune Media Team 

Alyssa’s Index Fest Plans


Plans for the weekend anyone? Maybe? I do! I’ll be attending Index Fest all weekend long – soaking in some indie music gloriousness and having fun with friends. I’ve actually been looking forward to this festival for a long while – ever since Spune Productions announced their preliminary line-up.

So for me this is what the weekend will look like:



Leave Denton a little early, grab super late lunch/senior citizen early dinner at Union Bear (cause I’ve had a craving going on two months).  Head on over to Trees. Watch the following bands: Air Review, The Heartless Bastards, Grimes, Portugal The Man. Go home and get to bed cause I gotta get up really early on Saturday.



Open Jupiter House – come say hi to me! Go home, shower, and head straight back to Dallas. (Maybe I can talk said my friends into a little Velvet Taco pre festival… another craving taken care of!) I’ll be at the stages of the following bands: The Eastern Sea, Telegraph Canyon, Surfer Blood, GZA, Washed Out, and Cold War Kids. We may stay late for Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr… but I’ll have been up since 4:30am… so we’ll see if my old age gets me first.


Will I see you there?

Zammuto and Lord Huron

Friends – this week at Dan’s two pretty exciting shows are happening… Lord Huron on Tuesday and Zammuto with Lymbyc System on Wednesday night. If your plans right now are looking like you heating up those leftovers and catching up on the DVR, why not try something a little more soul enriching instead and head to Dan’s to see these guys?

A quick preview of each:

Lord Huron is driving and melodic – and it makes me want to sway and dance and drive for miles – its that perfectly moving music that is held together with racing rhythms and gorgeous harmonies. Foot stomping, hand clapping good, this is not a show to miss.

October 2 Doors: 9:00PM | Show: 10:00pm | Price: $10 ADV / $13 DOOR

Zammuto is a new project from Nick Zammuto, previously of The Books – with a new sound that uses a full band to show us that experimental music can be fun and angular without being serious, boring, or repetitive. Zammuto has an engrossing album that impresses us by utilizing complex sounds and inventive editing paired simple and direct lyrics.

October 3 Doors: 8:00PM | Show: 9:00pm | Price: $12 ADV / $15 DOOR

Earthwise Dinner in the Garden

Friends, remember when we interviewed Ryan Crocker from Earthwise Gardens CSA? Remember when we went out to his beautiful gardens here in the heart of Little D and shared some amazing recipes using local and sustainable recipes? Well, I couldn’t possibly forget – it has been one of my favorite experiences of the year.

But now, you get the chance to join us.

Earthwise and I are teaming up and are hosting a four part dinner series called Dinner in the Garden – where Ryan will be showing off his beautiful urban farm and I’ll preparing a three course dinner menu to showcase local foods. We’ve launched a kickstarter campaign to help us fund the three events – that you can help us out with. If you think you’d like to attend, you can contact Ryan at to purchase tickets and join us for an amazing evening in the garden.

The dates for the dinners are September 29, October 20, March 23 and April 27.

Seats are filling up fast, and space is limited – but we would love your support to launch this exciting event and we’d love to have you for dinner in the garden.

This Weekend: Untapped Fest

I don’t know what your plans are this weekend – but I’ll be enjoying some amazing brews and bands out at Untapped Fest.

Spune is throwing this awesome afternoon of microbrew and indie tunes pairings. The festival will be held out at Trinity Groves Park serving up musical acts such as Givers, The Antlers, and Akron/Family alongside tasty beers like Chimay, Twisted Pine, Original Sin and Abita. Oh! And food trucks… can’t forget about the food trucks. What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than with a microbrew buzz, rockin’ out and eating tasty food truck food?

Tickets can be purchased here.


The Flavor Junkie: Alyssa Jarrell

James Bandringa: Requiem for a ‘sweet freak’

James Bandringa

James Bandringa dead at 28

James David Bandringa, 28, of Fort Worth, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

He was remembered as a friend and supporter of Denton’s independent music and Do-It-Yourself scene. On Wednesday, friends recalled Bandringa as a “sweet freak” and a positive presence on social media sites. Friends of the young Fort Worth resident and University of North Texas history student gathered at a Fry Street bar on Tuesday to remember Bandringa and toast his memory.

By Wednesday, local musician and friend of the deceased, Daniel Rush Folmer, had organized “Songs for Rooster,” a concert scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial.  The show is a fundraiser for the Bandringa family, with performances by Ryan Thomas Becker, Tony Ferraro, Daniel Folmer, Chris Garver, Warren Jackson Hearne, Will Kapinos, Kaleo Kaualoko, Paul Slavens and Isaac Hoskins. Cover is $5. All admission benefits the Bandringa family.

James loved to ride his bike and play the guitar.  He enjoyed history and planned to teach it after getting his degree. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to travel, visiting historic sites and his many friends across the country.

He was born in Dallas to Siebe Bandringa and Claudia Roberts Bandringa.  He studied photography at the University of Texas at Arlington before changing his major and moving to Denton.  

James is survived by his parents; brother Michael and his wife Amy Bandringa and niece Kyndall of Fort Worth, aunts Sarah Phillips of Irving and Jodie Wood of Boyd, numerous cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W. University Dr.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Jacksonville.





Calling all Gleeks, jazz and choir nerds: This free concert might interest you

Whether you’re into Broadway, a cappella choir or jazz, you’ll find something to enjoy at a
free concert from UNT’s College of Music at 8 p.m. Friday in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The one-hour event is titled “A Gift of Music,” and includes performances by the Trombone
Choir and A Cappella Choir, as well as an organ work by Marcel Dupré played by Robert Dicks.

Soprano Jennifer Glidden will sing the “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s opera Faust, followed by Jeanine Tesori’s Broadway-style song “The Girl in 14G,” while Czech pianist Jiří Levíček will perform the chamber music of Brahms and a jazz trio work of his own composition.

Jennifer Glidden
Soprano Jennifer Glidden will perform “The Jewel Song” from Gounod’s “Faust” during the Friday concert “A Gift of Music” in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center Friday night.

“It is not often that such a variety of College of Music ensembles and musical styles is
represented in one concert,” said James Scott, dean of the UNT College of Music. “We
invite Denton residents to enjoy this free concert as a gift from the College of Music to our

- courtesy of UNT College of Music

Hot Wet Lens: Moving to the music

Big Freedia

"I got that gin in my system," called the queen diva of bounce, Big Freedia at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess. Moments later, she held the microphone to the audience, which chanted in unison "Somebody gonna be my victim!" Big Freedia was one of the most popular acts at the daylong concert on Sept. 1, 2012.



Reggie Watts

"Thank you for coming to the workshop," cracked comedian and human beatboxer Reggie Watts. Watts' set was another popular one at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess, earning affirmative tweets and crowd noise.


Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts amused the crowd at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess with jokes told in an English accent -- a dead-on English accent.


No Age

No Age performs at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess on Sept. 1, 2012.

No Age

Tie dyed wife beaters and deafening volume kept audiences entranced at the No Age set -- and yelling to be heard -- at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess on Sept. 1, 2012.

No Age

Tweets and Facebook status updates from the No Age set joked about the ear-bleeding volume of the band at 35 Denton's Hot Wet Mess on Sept. 1, 2012. And yet the audience members didn't plug their ears.


Hot Wet Lens: Putting the wet in the mess

Photos by David Minton/Little d Photo Editor


A Hot Wet Mess patron makes triumphant hand gestures as he rockets to the bottom of the giant water slide, the biggest water feature at the event.

Line it up for the water slide

As the sun climbed higher (and then lower) at the North Texas Fairgrounds, Hot Wet Mess patrons stood in long (but fast-moving) lines to take the plunge down the giant water slide.


Hot Wet Mess water sports

It didn't take long for Hot Wet Mess patrons to find the refreshing surprises 35 Denton planted throughout the North Texas Fairgrounds - like this nice, cold water from a handheld sprinkler.


Arc du Tiomphe

Arc du Triomphe. Well, not really, but the huge inflatable water slide loomed over the North Texas Fairgrounds. It was also a beacon to hot, sweaty festival-goers who were dying to cool off.


Wet Mess

Though the North Texas Fairgrounds stayed very hot and mostly dry, sprinklers and hoses set up throughout the grounds did create puddles. In all, however, Hot Wet Mess wasn't all that messy.