Fort Worth's titanmoon stays on top of stats...see, sports and music do go together.
Fort Worth's titanmoon stays on top of stats...see, sports and music do go together.

Jingle Bell Jock

Good cause, good times: Only in Dallas can the normally polar opposites sports and indie rock not only reach peace, but engage in a fruitful marriage. In the Big D, we love our Cowboys, we love our Mavericks and we love our music, so it makes sense, especially if the best radio station around, KTCK-1310 AM The Ticket, is involved. When the Ticket's Danny Balis and Dave Lane, co-hosts of the Saturday 10 a.m. to noon show The Orphanage, take over the Double Wide Thursday, December 21, not only will the unholy matrimony between jock and rock be made complete, it will be for a good cause. Thursday's show, you see, is a benefit for the Fort Worth adoption agency the Gladney Center, but perhaps it's you who will benefit from the solid lineup of music acts. Let's start with Radiant, whose spacey, dreamy, sweet-natured pop should blend nicely with Fort Worth's titanmoon, who list toward the Radiohead-esque. But the most interesting bit harks back to Dallas' musical days of yore: Two former members of Course of Empire, Mike Graff and Michael Jerome, reunite to debut their instrumental trio, Halls of the Machine, and Toby Pipes, formerly of Deep Blue Something, debuts his electronic project Little Black Dress.

In addition to the music, the Ticket's sports connections will come in handy, as auction items will include an autographed Cowboys football and Mavs tickets, in addition to autographed box sets and Snow Patrol tickets, courtesy of Double Wide music maven Chelsea Callahan and Sony BMG.

Even hungrier: Musician Andy Ellis' attempts to provide a networking venue for musicians, called the Hungry Musician, closed its doors early this month. The venue hosted jam nights, band battles and showcases at its location in Arlington. The Web site (, intended as a resource database for DFW-area musicians, is still active. Ellis is currently searching for investors to try to reopen.

Good cause, good time, version 2: For the two of you out there who don't know, Pegasus News reports that Miss Badass herself, Erykah Badu, will join Dave Chappelle to perform at a benefit for St. Philip's School in South Dallas on Saturday, January 20. Tix will run you $100. But, you know, it's Dave and Erykah.

Handstamps: Something tells us that anyone who digs industrial music and darkfolk probably isn't all that much into a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. If this describes you, you'll want to hit the Holiday Party, which promises giant sonic cauldrons of such genres, plus "ebm, darkwave, electroclash, synthpop, terror ebm and hookahs," right on Christmas day at the Minc Lounge...Recuperate from all that lovely family Xmas time with something you really want to do, e.g., catch the Tah-Dahs, Laura Palmer, Saventeous Q. Malmsteen and the Xmas Tree Machine at the Callithump Christmas Hangover show at Dada, Tuesday, December 26. Make sure to bring your worst present wrapped up for the white elephant exchange, and then, for God's sake, can we admit Christmas is over?


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