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Floor 13 has broken up, partly because of -- and this is a new one -- the U.S. government. It seems that singer-guitarist Winston Giles' work permit expired some time ago, so he has been asked by Immigration and Naturalization Services to head back to his native Australia for now. (It was bound to happen sooner or later.) Two of his now-former bandmates will be leaving town soon as well: Drummer Duncan Black and guitarist Joshua Weber are moving to Chicago at the end of the month to hook up with another Dallas transplant, Patrick Buchanen, who played with Black in Mousetrap. But whether Black and Weber's departure is permanent is anyone's guess. According to a recent e-mail, the group says that "the American Floor 13 members are putting together demos of new material and may someday perform together again, in a completely different capacity." In any case, expect the remaining members of the band, Chris Brodie and George Terry, to show up in new projects before the end of the year...
Speaking of moving, Transona Five has almost completed its migration to the Northeast. Guitarist Chris Anderson has already relocated to Boston, and guitarist-keyboard player Rachel Smith and drummer-guitarist GP Cole plan to follow suit in the next month or so. The band recently finished work on its as-yet-untitled full-length follow-up to last year's Duffel Bag at Transcontinental Recording Company in Argyle, aided and abetted by Matt Pence and Matt Barnhart. Anderson reports that the new disc will be "louder, faster, quieter, and slower." Como se dice confusing? Look for a release date in December...
Still speaking of moving, Johnny Reno and His Lounge Kings will perform at the Gypsy Tea Room on September 8, kicking off the group's new relationship with the club. The band had been a staple at The Red Jacket on Thursday nights, performing after swing-dance classes, but Reno decided to move the shindig to the Gypsy Tea Room to take advantage of the club's bigger dance floor. Dance instructors from Smiley's will also be making the switch, leading classes at 7 p.m., followed by Reno and the Lounge Kings from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Now the question is, when will everyone realize the swing revival is over? Not soon enough...
Centro-matic will hook up with The Promise Ring and Burning Airlines for a handful of shows at the end of October. Will Johnson and the boys will join the tour in Austin on October 26, leaving six shows later in Chicago to begin their own short headlining trip through the Midwest. The Promise Ring-Burning Airlines tour was originally scheduled to stop in Denton at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on October 28, but it appears that the venue has now been switched to Trees, although the date is still unconfirmed. The remodeled Rubber Gloves keeps plugging along, meanwhile, with a Piebald-Lazycain bill on Friday, and a Legendary Crystal Chandelier-Chomsky-Deathray Davies triple-feature on Saturday...
Add Denton's El Gato to the list of area bands performing at this year's CMJ Music Marathon, which happens in New York September 15-18. Other local groups heading to the Big Apple for the music festival include Captain Audio and The Darlingtons. Good luck, fellas.