THE OL’ COLLEGE TRY: UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band was nominated for two Grammy’s on Sunday night. Unfortunately, this is going to have to be one of those, “it was great just to be nominated years.” New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Book One took the award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, while Michael Giacchino edged out One O’Clock director Steve Wiest for best instrumental composition. That last one was gonna be a toughie to win, though – Giacchino composed music for Up. You can check out the complete list of winners here. If you missed Bill Zeeble’s story about the band on Friday, you can listen to it here.
IN LIVING COLOR: The Nasher Sculpture Center is presenting its first show by a living artist with “Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species.” And everyone who I’ve talked to who’s taken it in says it’s something to see (and touch, in some cases). In her Fort Worth Star-Telegram review, Gaile Robinson calls the exhibition a, “magnificent spectacle,” and says, “The sculptures look as if they were created specifically for this location.” If you missed Plensa’s appearance on Think last week, you can listen to it here.
MUSIC BITS: The Slack released its new album, The Deep End, on Jan. 19, and the band stopped by the KXT studios to play a few cuts. Lucky for you, the video is now up. (kxt.org) … The Orbans are putting the finishing touches on a new album, even as their keyboard player is on the road with Ringo Starr. (pegasusnews.com) … Yo La Tengo played to a knowledgeable crowd Saturday night at the Granada. (dallasnews.com)