National music scene heats up locally

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    ALBUMS
    Paramore: After two of their original members broke off, Paramore is back and ready to prove they’ve still got it. Keep an eye out for their new album, appearing at the start of the new year. Want a preview? Check out their single titled, “Monster”!

    Mumford and Sons: Do the hits “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave” ring a bell? After their success this year, Mumford and Sons are looking to put out their new record toward the beginning of 2012. With how amazing their album Sigh No More turned out to be, this record is sure to hit the high expectations it’s being held to.

    John Mayer: In September, John Mayer celebrated 10 years after putting out his first album, Room for Squares. Now the wheels and works have begun to spin for the release of his next album, and we haven’t seen a new album from him in three years! With so much time since the past album, this upcoming one will be one to be on the lookout for. Expect it near the end of this year or the beginning of 2012.
    SHOWS

    Zac Brown Band (November 12, 7pm): Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band is making their stop in Dallas after a year of being on the charts and on the road. See them at the Gexa Energy Pavilion.

    Yellowcard, Every Avenue and Go Radio (November 13, 6pm): Remember the good old days, jamming to “Ocean Avenue” and “Light up the Sky”? Now you can relive those memories! Come check them out at the House of Blues in Dallas accompanied by Every Avenue and Go Radio.

    Unsilent Night (December 10): The biggest pre-Christmas bash is being held this year in Dallas at Centennial Hall. An all-day event starting at 11 a.m. and going until 11 p.m., Unsilent Night hosts tons of amazing bands. Whether you like pop or something heavy, they’ve got it all. Guests appearing this year include The Maine, The Ready Set, The Rocket Summer, All Time Low, Breathe Carolina, Big Chocolate, Winds of Plague, As Blood Runs Black, Like Moths to Flames and so, so many more

    THE FRAY
    While the atmosphere before The Fray was one of excitement and anticipation, many students were disappointed following the concert. Though everyone sang along to “How to Save a Life,” “You Found Me” and “Never Say Never” most other songs encouraged very little crowd interaction and response, which is what many students were craving. Rufus Lindsey, a sophomore who attended, summed it up well. “I really only like two Fray songs, honestly,” he said. “In between those I was just there, but still having a good time. It would have been awesome if they covered more popular songs like [Lady Antebellum] did.” On a performance level, the Fray sounded true to sound. In the world of auto tune and vocal editing, it was a refreshing change to hear a band that sounded exactly as if you had just slipped their CD into your car. Whether you loved the show or weren’t so much a fan, give your input to The Crew at TCU and help influence who could be performing here next year.