By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
In remembrance: On April 13, local band Daynger Lagoone played its first and final concert. The young Dallas band performed that evening as part of the Curtain Club's "New Music Festival Band Search" series, and after winning the night's contest, lead singer Robert "Tuck" Tucker walked into the bathroom. Minutes later, Daynger Lagoone bandmates found Tucker unconscious on the bathroom floor, and hours after being taken to Baylor hospital, he was pronounced dead by heart attack.
"This is very sad and absolutely sudden," fiancee Sheana Gassney said. "He was a very healthy kid, and only 25 years old. He was one of the funniest people you'd ever meet, and I've never known someone who met him who didn't like him."
We extend our sympathies to Tucker's friends, family and bandmates.
Attal and his partner Charlie Jones apparently impressed Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell with their work on the successful Austin City Limits festival. The two-day concert in Chicago, Attal says, will be based "on the model we use at ACL--open green space, lots of stages, local flavor in the food." The choice of Chi-town came about because "Chicago's one of the best music towns in the country," Attal says. "That park is a beautiful green space."
Attal has managed to snag amazing acts like The Pixies, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr. and, intriguingly, the first Dandy Warhols/Brian Jonestown Massacre double bill since the documentary Dig!, which chronicles the bands' rivalry. (The doc is out on DVD and highly recommended.) We look forward to Jonestown singer Anton Newcombe freaking out in front of thousands. For more information, log onto www.lollapalooza.com.
And a message to Attal: Pleeease book those great Lollapalooza bands in Dallas. Except for Widespread Panic--Chicago can keep those guys.
Even better, someone in Dallas has begun handing out "Sarah Hepola Sucks" T-shirts. We're not sure who, if anyone, is selling them, but one of the (sweat-shop free!) American Apparel black shirts showed up at the office last week, reportedly given to a staff member by someone at the Gypsy Tea Room. Dallas, don't miss out on this trend. Anyone up for designing the "Zac Crain Blows" hoodie or the "Robert Wilonsky Can Kiss My Ass" beanie cap?