Winners take mall

When the readers voted the rock, the Old 97's came away 'big' winners

Live Music Venue: Trees. Sure, why not? After all, sound is nine-tenths of the battle when it comes to going out, and since Trees sounds better than any club in town year after year, they get the nod. Of course, ambience is the other one-tenth of that equation, but what do you expect? It's a club.

Radio Program That Features Local Music: "Texas Tapes," KTXQ-FM (102.1). "The Adventure Club" plays better local music, but "Texas Tapes" plays more; and it's been around a lot longer, which explains the vote (and it was a close one). But what's quality when you're talking about radio, where such discussions are relative, anyway? After all, Q102 introduced local audiences to both the Toadies and Deep Blue Something, which is like going to heaven and finding the devil at the gate.

Local Record Label: Last Beat Records. In last week's nominations issue, Last Beat was incorrectly identified as "Direct Hit"--which seems to have made no difference when it came to the voting. Though Aden Holt's One Ton Records was a damned close second, Last Beat takes home the award through, most assuredly, that blessed combination of quality (Tablet, Comet, rubberbullet, Riot Squad) and quantity (Stinkbug) that makes this label a real contender.

Fry cookin'
The annual Fry Street Fair, which Denton's city fathers and mothers once tried to run out of town, now only continues to grow bigger and bigger. This year's features almost 40 bands, including Tripping Daisy, and has expanded to two outdoor stages and two indoor ones, at the Argo and Rick's Place. The main stage will feature, in order: Code 4, Billy Goat, The Cookies, rubberbullet, Tripping Daisy, Lap Dog, Mushroom Groovy, Doosu, Funland, and Slobberbone. The second stage's acts include, also in order: Sivad, Shovel, Mr. Ectomy, 420 Blues, The Days, SGLF, The Big Train, Thermus, and Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks.

At Rick's, the festivities kick off with Strangely Appropriate, followed by Plaid Faction, Slow Roosevelt, Half, Sixty-Six, Beef Jerky, and Strap (which used to be Lone Star Trio till the rockabilly went rock). The Argo opts for lo-fi, space-rock, and the like with Jet Screamer, Andromeda, Strain, The Centromatic Band (Funland drummer Will Johnson's one-man rockfest), Breadbox, Gut, The Oddfellows, the Grown-Ups, Dooms U.K., Mazinga Phaser, Greenella, and The Barles. Got that?

The Fry Street Fair kicks off at noon, and it costs $7 to get in ($6 with a canned good, and not those beets that have been sitting in Mom's pantry since 1974).

Scene, heard
Slobberbone will host a CD release party April 24 at the Argo in Denton, celebrating the new--or almost new, actually--album Crow Pot Pie, which is being released by the Austin-based Doolittle label. The CD, which is actually a revamped version of Slobberbone's 1995 indie debut of the same name (no, that won't be confusing at all), should be in stores...about...now.

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