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Wallpaper. Plays House of Blues Dallas –Concert Review

Wallpaper. may spell its name with a period at the end, but the band’s live show should end with an exclamation point. When the Oakland producer-performers, signed by L.A. Reid to Epic Records, take the stage, it’s an eclectic experience of eccentric proportions that includes a gumbo of hip-hop, reggae, dub step, and who knows what else.

Although this week the “hip hop and pop music project” – if you believe Wikipedia – was opening for 3OH3! on the Journeys.com Noise Tour, it’s not hard to tell why the band’s star is rising (it should be mentioned that Ricky Reed, the front-man, is an in-demand producer with hits for Jason DeRulo and Far East Movement under his belt).

Inside the cavernous House of Blues Dallas – it’s definitely bigger than the House of Blues Sunset Strip – Wallpaper. got the audience warmed with a rolling, Oakland trunk-thumpin’ bass line warmer-upper before getting into the hit “Hesher” and hands started waving side to side.

On stage joined by two drummers with two drum sets and supporting dancer Novena Carmel – a familiar face from the Los Angeles music circuit who was once booking bands at Zanzibar club in Santa Monica – the band put on a heck of a performance. The booming bass of “Hesher” was even more trunk-rattling than the previous cut, most likely culled from Wallpaper.’s Ricky Reed Is Real album released earlier this year.

Reed entertained the crowd between songs with geographical shout-outs that befit a party music connoisseur – “I know Denton is close to here, I know about those parties” – and his ever-present humor. And then, before introducing their hit “F**king Best Song Ever,” Reed dedicated a song to a best friend. How did he introduce that? Like this: “This song is about friendship, hangovers and Whataburger.”

The Dallas college student crowd and other locals didn’t seem to mind the free-wheeling fun. They surely weren’t standing up against the wall.

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About the Author


Slav Kandyba has worked as a journalist for more than a decade for a number of general interest newspapers, a wire service, trade publications and music and culture magazines and websites. Slav is currently a tech reporter for iTechPost.com, and has previously written for The Source and contributed to HipHopDX.com from 2007 until 2011. He began writing about hip-hop in 2006 when a friend challenged him to write about L.A.'s hip-hop scene, and he was one of the first journalists to spotlight Pac Div and U-N-I. Slav is a respected writer covering hip-hop culture and rap and has assisted in organizing events including the One Nation Hip-Hop Summit in Santa Monica, California, which featured a concert with Pete Rock and CL Smooth, and the first annual Academic Hip-Hop Conference at Cal State Northridge.

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