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Why the Austin City Limits Music Fest is stupider than a big bowl of dust

Bullets over Broadway: Two months ago, we reported that Undeniable Records, the local imprint behind the 2005 Dallas Observer Best Of-winning albums by The Happy Bulletsand The Tah-Dahs, was going national, baby. More precisely, they teamed up with national publicity firm Team Clermont to spread the word as the label prepared a national launch in November. Well, here's November, and here are the Happy Bullets--in the October 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly, where the title track to The Vice and Virtue Ministry sits alongside the latest single by the Strokes in the mag's "Download This" section. Talk about a convenient promotional tie-in, right? Even better, this week, popmatters.com gives the group a splendidly glowing review of the album: "We're left with songs that teeter between nauseating and exhilarating. The fine line is masterfully straddled by the Happy Bullets." We think that means that the Happy Bullets party till they puke...or something.To celebrate the band's positive push toward national indie prestige, head to thehappybullets.com to vote for the band's next T-shirt design. We like the one with the light bulbs.

For whatever reason, Dallas' Tah Dahs aren't pulling the same national kudos. Our guess is the band is waiting until they finish their sophomore album, now being recorded by Stuart "Every Awesome Album Ever" Sikes, to make a bigger national splash. Until then, enjoy Roy Ivy and co. at the Cavern on Thursday with the super-awesome Man Factory opening. As an aside, here's to hoping the Arlington band unveils songs from its forthcoming Street Fighter 2 tribute album on Thursday. (That's not a joke--the Chun-Li song is pretty good.)


Reached our Limits: Only one month after our experience at the scorched-earth dustbowl of September's Austin City Limits Music Festival, we got an e-mail announcing next year's fest date: September 15-17, 2006. Great. The most painfully hot music festival in Texas will actually happen a week earlier, rather than move to October and spare thousands of music fans from potential heatstroke. We wrote an e-mail back with the words "BOO!" and "nearly choked to death," and we soon received a phone call explaining that the early dates were chosen so that "organizers could potentially schedule the best, most popular acts" who play summer festival tours. I don't buy it. As far as I'm concerned, Coldplay can wait a coupla weeks so that we don't have to burn to death. Here's to hoping public outcry will convince organizers (including Dallas' Charles Attal, the man who books the Gypsy Tea Room) to rethink the fest.


View on the 'lake: Denton's Midlake still isn't done perfecting its long-awaited sophomore album, Van Occupanther, but that doesn't mean the band isn't getting ready for the guitar-focused album's release next year. The band members have posted an open call for video clips--"videos that we use during our live show, projected on a large onstage screen," according to their Web site post. Though the band isn't offering any cash to directors who contribute clips, they do promise international exposure if the clips are selected for use at concerts and festivals in America and Europe; not too shabby. Last album's video clips featured people cooking fish in forests, monocle-wearing guys in clunky, plastic spaceships and a whole bunch of wolf masks, so tend toward the weird and you'll probably have a shot. Visit myspace.com/midlake for submission information.


Thisliterally just in: Since the Observer really hits the stands on Wednesday, November 2, this announcement isn't entirely too late: Go to the Barley House tonight (Wednesday) to see Chris Holt and friends perform the entirety of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Even though we're not the world's biggest Pink Floyd fans, we have a feeling Holt will pull this concert off in astounding fashion.


Handstamps: We've been waiting a while for this--Dallas' biggest hip-hop surprise of the year, Versatile, is finally busting out for a live performance on Friday at Vain Lounge. The "Soulful Solution" concert, a benefit for hurricane victims, is quite a cream-of-the-crop showcase of local soul and rap acts like singer-songwriter Montrose and hip-hop dynamos Strange Fruit Project, so wise up to Dallas' scene and donate at the show...You have no excuse to be bored on Monday night when Bosque Brown and The Theater Fire, two of the region's finest country-tinged acts, converge on the Cavern to support touring act Unwed Sailor.

 
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