By Jim Schutze
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Brave Combo headlines this year's installment of the Texas Beer & Music Festival, which happens on June 23 at Lincoln Square in Arlington. To be precise, it happens in a parking lot, conveniently located in the Lincoln Square area near Six Flags. Brave Combo hits the stage around 9 p.m., and admission is $5...
Speaking of Arlington, and listen up because we rarely do, the city's own Laser Trax Records (a unique record store/studio/occasional live music venue) hosts a special local-band showcase at the Galaxy Club on June 24. The lineup for the show, which is intended to celebrate and promote Laser Trax's Web site (www.lasertrax.com), includes: Pimpsta, Oak Cliff Assassin, Darlington, the Hellions, Slowride, Boa Drape, Shmunks For You, Montrose, and 41 Gorgeous Blocks. The music begins at 6 p.m., lasts until 2 a.m., and tickets are $6 to $8. By the way, speaking of 41 Gorgeous Blocks, the band features singer-guitarist Matt Riggle (formerly of The Fitz), guitarist Deedle LaCour, drummer Matt Morris, and bassist Matt Pittman, who also plays guitar for Red Animal War. Maybe it's just us, but with three Matts in the group, it seems a much more obvious name escaped their attention. Bad ideas aside, the band's debut CD, An Emotional Young Person Just Like Yourself, is available through its Web site, www.41gorgeousblocks.com. Or you can always just pick one up at the show...
In other record store/occasional live music venue news, Good Records has a full week of in-store performances scheduled. The high jinks start with Cerberus Shoal on June 23 at 6 p.m., and continue with appearances by Beachwood Sparks (June 24, 4 p.m.) and the one and only (and portly) Frank Black (June 27, 7 p.m.). In the interest of full disclosure, we recently learned that one of Good's co-owners, Chris Penn, is our neighbor, living a mere two doors down from us. Rest assured, that fact has nothing to do with the Observer's covering the store's happenings as if we're on the payroll. It does have something to do with our not letting the dog do her "dirty, sinful business" (to quote The Simpsons' Rev. Lovejoy) in Penn's yard anymore. Well, we try anyway...
In addition to being part of the Friday Nite Fuzz multimedia series at Plush (a new downtown gallery), Blush's gig on June 23 is also a release party of sorts for the band's new single, "Hopscotch." If you hurry, you can also catch the band on June 21 at the Ridglea Theater, on a bill that includes John Galp, Demijohn, Listen, and Eskimo Kisses. Nope, we don't know either...
As we're sure at least a few people care, Stink!#bug has reunited, and apparently, it feels so good that the group plans to record a new album, set for release on Last Beat Records. (Guess we can go snuff out that candle at church.) The band will re-debut on July 28 at Trees. In other Last Beat news, Captain Audio's East Coast tour (which we had heard from a fairly reliable source was to be more of a permanent move) will not be anything more than that. At least, according to Last Beat's Tami Thomsen. "The plan is to play Saturday's show [the band's June 17 gig at Rick's Place in Denton], take some time off, regroup in August, and do East Coast dates," Thomsen reports, via e-mail. "They are going to do an 'industry showcase' kinda thang at Brownies (which is tentatively scheduled with Jesse from D-Generation's new project), plus (hopefully) a Good/Bad show at their space in New York City. We'll book dates around the Brownies showcase...That's the plan as it stands today!" There you have it.
Maybe the following words will shed some light on why Street Beat is always in such a craggy mood. "My God, you are fucking pathetic. You suck as well as that idiotic rag you 'write' for. Do the world a favor and kill yourself. Have a great day fuckface." And, "Hi asshole. How are you? Still writing a bunch of the same old fucking bullshit about the same fucking bands? Have a great weekend dumbass." The previous messages, received via e-mail from a budding wordsmith by the name of "Bert," are exactly the kind of encouragement that gets us up in the morning. By the way, since we actually do know who sent the missives, maybe this is what they were looking for: The Cock Outs performed June 11 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios with Chaotic Past (featuring former Brutal Juice bassist Sam McCall). And we're sure they're playing somewhere else again real soon. Hope that makes everyone happy...
Finally, for some reason (hmmm), Starplex Amphitheatre is now known as Smirnoff Music Centre. Change your summer schedules accordingly.
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