Dallas (actually, its club owners and booking agents and managers...) has always had a complex about being taken seriously; hence, club-crawls like this one, dolled-up weekends that look suspiciously like every other weekend. But, ya know, not. So don't attach too much significance to this two-night event, save for the fact it does sort of allow you to catch up on what you've been missing on the home front in one large dose; cram, kiddies, for the rock-and-roll pop quiz, which contains such questions as, "Which bands is Matt Kellum currently playing with?" and "Can you name five local hip-hop acts?" and "What would Peter Schmidt do?" (not play the New Music Festival, duh).
Here's some assistance, for what it's worth. Do not miss, in alphabetical order: Chao, Chomsky, Clumsy, The Deathray Davies, the Happiness Factor, the Legendary Fritz, N'Dambi, Pleasant Grove, Red Animal War and the Sparrows, as well as the Dallas debut of the Burden Brothers, the new project from ex-Toadies front man Todd Lewis, former Horton Heat drummer Taz Bentley and Baboon's Mike Rudnicki. Everything else is up to you. But like the man said in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, choose wisely.