2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards Nominations

The Blurries have been nominated for 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards in two categories: “Best Group Act” and “Best Video”. Voting ends Saturday night, November 10, and one ballot per day may be submitted. So as they say back in Chicago, vote early and often! Link to online voting here.

We will be performing at the DOMA Showcase in Deep Ellum on November 10, the full lineup and details are available here. A $10 cover charge buys a wristband for in/out access to all participating clubs and the 60+ bands that are playing. This is going to be a super cool night, and we’re excited to be participating!

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The Blurries: D Magazine’s “Best Music Act” of 2012

We are honored to be chosen by D Magazine as the “Best Music Act” in Dallas for their 2012 Best of Big D awards!

Best Music Act
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Unlike many rock acts, The Blurries do not get your attention by force. They ask almost politely, though their subtlety does not dilute their memorable pop. The group’s nice-guy attitude and brilliantly ringing guitars have earned it a diverse following, the respect of peers, and the distinction of being the most deservingly well-liked band in Dallas.

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“Live at Valve” Sessions

We recently returned to Valve Studios (where we made “Paper Cuts” last year) to record some songs live. Our friends Jim and Freddy were kind enough to bring cameras and lights and make these two videos for “Little Marie” and “My Love Is A Fuse That Burns So Slowly”.

Video shot by Jim Riddle and Freddy Rodriguez. Jim edited “Little Marie” and Freddy edited “Fuse”. Audio recorded and mixed by Casey DiIorio.

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Official Video: “My Love Is A Fuse That Burns So Slowly”

Video created by Delo Creative.

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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.

Friday, March 9 – @ Mellow Mushroom (11:30 pm)

DFW.com: 35 Denton music festival seems to have found the right direction
By Preston Jones

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.

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The Big Takeover Interview

Wherein Joey talks about people walking out of shows, 12 string guitars, our band crush on Old Snack, and Mitch Easter. Thanks to Elizabeth Klisiewicz for posting this!

The Big Takeover: Joey Shanks of The Blurries

I recently was turned on to some great Texas power pop from a review I read in Issue 69. Listening to the sharpened jangle pop of The Blurries was a revelation. It made me feel like a kid again as I remembered some early power pop that blew my lid off. “Little Marie” may be one of the best power pop tunes I’ve heard in decades. The band’s guitarist, Joey Shanks, kindly agreed to an interview, and it is my pleasure to present this Q&A with him…

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