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Cramer officially releases its self-titled debut with a shindig at Gypsy Tea Room on September 8, with appearances by Chao and Vibrolux. Last Beat Records, the label for all three bands, moves from one project to the next that night, offering a limited edition promo of Chao's own upcoming debut to the first 75 people who show up at the Tea Room. It's a little thing those in the business like to call "corporate synergy." But not us, because we hate that word. We prefer saying "piggyback." It's just more fun...
The new Virgin Megastore at Mockingbird Station has its grand opening on September 1, featuring an autograph signing session with Fuel, one of the most inexplicably huge bands around. The band, which very well could be any other band currently on the radio, shows up at 1 p.m. We'll start caring sometime around, hmmm, let's see, oh, never. But someone does, right? Please say no...
Find some extra scratch, because September looks to be one of the best chances to see some rock and/or roll all year, at least when it comes to touring acts. Clip and save: Trees has Burning Airlines and Rival Schools on September 6, The White Stripes on September 13 and Pedro the Lion on September 25. Gypsy Tea Room has Kool Keith on September 1, Jimmy Eat World on September 18, Wilco on September 21 and Built to Spill on September 30. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios is bringing in Unwound on September 22, The Faint on September 27 and Beulah on September 28. The Ridglea Theater hosts the return of Melodica Festival on September 14 and 15, as well as Modest Mouse and !!! on September 21 and Starlight Mints on September 28. Beachwood Sparks opens for the Black Crowes on September 17 at the Bronco Bowl Theatre, while Tricky is at Deep Ellum Live on September 26. There's something for everyone, even probably a bad metal band or three. We'll let you find out about those on your own...
The Deathray Davies are in the market for a full-time, permanent keyboard player. As in: someone without another band. If you are that person, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Meaning: not us...
Show up: Chomsky plays the Denton CD release party for its new Onward Quirky Soldiers on August 30 at Dan's Bar, with [DARYL] and Valve; The Polyphonic Spree, Friendly Five Gospel Singers, The Starlight Mints' Allan Vest, Mandarin, Spellbinder the Magnificent and more cram into the Gypsy Tea Room on August 31; Lucy Loves Schroeder and Austin's Kissinger are at Club Clearview on September 2 as part of the club's pre-Labor Day shindig.