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Que Sara, Sara: Sara Radle lost this year's Dallas Observer Music Award for best female vocalist to Stacy and Sherri Dupree from Eisley, so she's packing her bags and moving to L.A. OK, so that's not why, but Radle is relocating to the West Coast on June 6 to work on a very exciting, as-of-yet publicly undisclosed musical project (watch for an official announcement within the next few weeks). The night before (that's June 5, not June 24, as previously announced) she'll play her final show as a Texan during a party/concert at the Barley House that will feature, well, herself, in addition to her former band Lucy Loves Schroeder and acoustic sets from friends and fellow musicians. Radle says it will be a laid-back, intimate show in the style of I Love Math's informal Sunday nights at Barley. Two other performances (June 2 at the Highlands Café with Johnny Lloyd Rollins and June 4 during a benefit for Cory Helm from Chemistry Set, which will also feature The Theater Fire, The Happy Bullets, I Love Math and more) round out her farewell tour.
In other parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow news, LM5, the Denton jazz quintet just nominated for a DOMA, is calling it quits because guitarist Lily Maase (the LM in LM5) is moving to New York in July and trumpet player Evan Weiss will be out of town through the end of June. The band's final show will be Thursday, May 12, at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Denton. They'll play two 50-minute sets from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. LM5's second-to-last show was May 7 during Black Elastic, a new music mini-festival at J&J's Pizza in Denton that also featured The Black Lodge, 80 Sheets, Harry Has a Head Like a Ping Pong Ball, The Ross Lafleur Band and The Silver Arrows, who, like LM5, played their second-to-last show. The Silver Arrows' J.R. Thomason and Nikki D'Agostino are also moving to New York. Drummer Adam Loudermilk says a final show has not yet been booked.
The schedule for September's Austin City Limits Festival was announced this week and--unfortunately, considering last year's astronomical attendance--it's really, really good again. Good enough to brave the heat, humidity and lack of shade at Zilker Park. Good enough to endure drunk, sweaty, unwashed college boys singing along to emo rock and their perfect-10 girlfriends in bikini tops and those skirts that we thought only Paris Hilton was daring enough to wear. Dammit. The short list of the 130 bands includes Oasis, Coldplay, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Wilco, Built to Spill, Sleater-Kinney, Franz Ferdinand, Blue October, The Futureheads, Secret Machines, Brave Combo, Tortoise and Keane. But here's the really good news: Organizers (including Gypsy Tea Room talent buyer Charles Attal) have pushed the festival back a week and reduced the daily capacity by 10,000, in addition to making plans for more shaded areas, more efficient transportation and better sound. Three-day passes are already on sale.
A few of our favorite things return to Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios soon. No, not Spector 45, The Riverboat Gamblers, Hogpig or Fishboy (though they're all swell, too). We mean Tron, Dig Dug, Tempest, Joust, Moon Patrol and Karate Champ. On May 24 and May 25, Rubber Gloves' upstairs space opens with new games and a new look (and free play both nights!). The electric blue paint is gone, and so are the neon beer signs, replaced by what owner Josh Baish calls a lounge-style arcade. A sofa and coffee table will fill the back wall, and the six games will have their own stations. The lounge part? More soothing paint hue and candles. Also gone are the days of the video games being frequently broken. After years of consulting TV repair shops and electricians, Baish found his "godsend" in Scott Phoenix from Hyperspace Arcade Services, who repaired all the games in storage and saved the arcade. Once again Rubber Gloves is a bar, a live music venue, a rehearsal space for musicians and an arcade. Baish says a petting zoo is next up. He's joking. We think.
Get ready for your close-up: Max Cady needs fans to appear in the band's music video for the song "Tonight Alive," which will feature a mix of live performances and shots of "fans at home, singing and rocking out." The only requirements are that rockers must be in the Dallas area (or willing to come to the Dallas area), be "very uninhibited in front of the camera and know all the lyrics to the song." E-mail Justin Moore at email@example.com.