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It turns out a childhood friend of the Blair brothers, Zach and Hagfish bassist Doni, was indeed killed on Central late Friday night. His name was also Zach, and he too was a native of Sherman, the brothers' hometown. According to a Dallas Police report, Zachariah Hopson had pulled over on Central Expressway with a flat tire, then tried to cross traffic, apparently to get help; he was struck in the southbound lanes of Central and suffered extensive injuries to the right side of his body, including a blow to the head. He was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m. at Parkland Hospital. The police report also notes Hopson smelled of alcohol.

"I felt really guilty," Zach Blair says of the whole affair, hoping people didn't think it was some sort of cheap publicity stunt. "I felt like it was real cruel trick that maybe some people thought I had planned out. It was just a terrible thing."

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Bedhead will make one of its rare local appearances June 10 at the Galaxy Club, after which the band will embark on a lengthy West Coast tour and, later in the summer, begin recording the follow-up to last year's WhatFunLifeWas and 4SongCDEP19:10. The band has also contributed a new track to a forthcoming Trance Syndicate compilation...

For those who have had the misfortune not to hear Slobberbone yet, you have several chances throughout the month: the band is performing every Thursday at Club Dada...

Pick hits of the week: Course of Empire, which has begun recording (and producing) their third record (the second for Zoo Entertainment), will come out of their studio to perform Friday at Trees. That night, Domestic Science Club, which has also been in the studio (at Crystal Clear Sound) working on their second album, will perform at the Sons of Hermann Hall; Clubmember Sara Hickman, who has just returned from a tour with Nanci Griffith, will open the show. And Yo La Tengo will perform Wednesday at Trees.

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