In a move that should surprise exactly two people, bassist Angelique Congleton recently quit The Darlingtons to concentrate on the other bands she plays with, which include The Meat Helmets and, occasionally, The Secret Machines of Captain Audio. (Whoever had July in the pool can come collect their $10.) Guitarist Chris Darlington -- hey, he may go by Christy, but that doesn't mean we have to call him that -- says that the band has asked former Calways bassist Todd Pertl to sub for the time being, while the band prepares to go into the studio to make a new album...
There's just too much rock this weekend. Trees hosts a Centro-matic/Sixteen Deluxe/Deathray Davies triple-feature on Friday, and a free show featuring Slowpoke, Legendary Crystal Chandelier, The Dooms U.K., and The Immaculates on Saturday. A few blocks over, The Curtain Club hosts two of the finer cover bands in town, Weener and Kleenex (a Generation X tribute with Peter Schmidt and ex-Hagfish drummer Tony Barsotti, among others) on Friday, while Vibrolux makes a long overdue return to a Dallas stage in the Liquid Lounge on the same night, joined by Jet and Pleasant Grove. And if that's not enough, Tripping Daisy performs on Friday and Saturday night at Rick's Place in Denton, supported by The Falcon Project and Post From Vermont the first night, and Chomsky and Sub Oslo the next. In addition, Sock Monkey in Exposition Park celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday with a festival from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring performances by Captain Audio, When Babies Eat Pennies, The Tomorrowpeople, Jet, Spaceships Over Big Sky, Sub Oslo, The Falcon Project, Machinegun Fun, and several others. And, of course, they will perform in a random order, so it doesn't help to plan...
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While perusing a list of the 100 worst singles of the past 1000 years recently compiled by Austin American-Statesman scribe (and occasional Dallas Observer contributor) Michael Corcoran, we were delighted to see that Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" cracked the top 50, landing at number 49 between "Lady" by Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy." We still don't understand how it ranked so low, though.