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"I am striving to make this a multigenre and multicultural event, but I am sticking with what I know," Moore says of the rock-heavy fest lineup (though there is an "urban showcase" Friday at the Gypsy Tea Room and a smattering of country bands throughout the weekend). "It is limited right now, but it is something supported primarily in the rock community."

Hey, I'm not trying to be a jerk about this, really. But we've lived through this nightmare before, when it was called Dimensions of Dallas during the early 1990s. Do we really need industry toadies coming to town (Eddie Kramer's so old he bleeds oil) listening to bands they'll never sign? Hey, Moore's an A&R rep for one of the biggest labels in the world--and the two bands she's trying to sign aren't even from Dallas.

"There are a lot of good local bands, but I think they're all developing," Moore says. "Unfortunately, we're living in the age of the hit single, and I have to do my job. I don't want to throw anybody to the wolves." Wake up, Dallas.

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