After taking 2014 off to regroup and recalibrate, 35 Denton is back again this year, spreading more than 120 acts across nine venues and two stages over three days in and around downtown Denton.
Here are 10 can’t-miss acts from the expansive festival lineup:
Pearl Earl: This Denton psych-rock foursome (Ariel Hartley, Stefanie Lazcano, Bailey Chapman and Charlie Beaman) turned heads last year with the release of its confident debut EP, Karaoke Superstar. Expect low-key fireworks. (9 p.m. Friday at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center)
Tacocat: The acclaimed Seattle punk group (or, as the band is more colorfully described online, “a feminist skinhead oi quartet”), led by livewire singer Emily Nokes, will release its third studio album, Lost Time, on April 1. (11 p.m. Friday at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center)
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Reagan James: The Burleson native, veteran of The Voice and dynamic vocalist ushered her full-length debut, Have a Nice Day, into the world earlier this year. (1:30 p.m. Saturday at Main Stage 1)
Charles Bradley: This Florida native and critically acclaimed R&B dynamo is gearing up to release his new album, Changes, on April 1, and will bring his sweat-soaked soulfulness to North Texas. (8:30 p.m. Saturday at Main Stage 1)
Rat Rios: The woman born Samantha Rios is a Dallas-based dream-pop artist who, as she writes on her Bandcamp page, likes to make “nostalgic tunes that tug at [her] heart strings.” Tunes of that nature can be found on her 2013 EP, British Fold. (10:30 p.m. Saturday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio)
Electric Six: Detroit sextet Electric Six is a nonstop, freewheeling party on record and in concert. Led by the irascible Dick Valentine, Electric Six is touring behind its most recent, crowdfunded studio effort, B—, Don’t Let Me Die! (12:30 a.m. Saturday at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center)
The Demigs: One of Denton’s best-kept secrets, the Chris Demiglio-led outfit is a force of nature on stage, pulling from astonishing albums like last year’s double LP Welcome to Hard Times, a magnificent collection of ferociously intelligent rock songs. (3:45 p.m. Sunday at Main Stage 2)
Eliot Sumner: This Italian troubadour has quite the pedigree: Sumner is the child of Sting and Trudie Styler. Although Sumner already made a foray into music six years ago under the name I Blame Coco, she’s relaunching his career under her own name, releasing her new album, Information, in January. (6:30 p.m. Sunday at Main Stage 1)
AV the Great: Denton is very much part of the rise of North Texas hip-hop, contributing a steady stream of fearsomely talented MCs and producers. One of the city’s most striking talents is the man born Chris Avant, who performs as AV the Great. (7:30 p.m. Sunday at Main Stage 2)
Fat Tony: Born Anthony Jude Obi, this Nigerian-American rapper has long been one of Houston’s most prized rap exports. Although he hasn’t released a full-length effort since 2013, Fat Tony has kept up a steady stream of new tracks, like last year’s H-Town to L.A. (11 p.m. Sunday at Harvest House)
- 6 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and noon Sunday
- Various venues, Denton