KNON Needs a New Home, Bob Needs A New Keyboard and Tripping Daisy Still Rocks.
In addition to our weekly White Noise column — the one you're currently reading — it's getting to be that time of year when festivals are starting to warrant their own, separate news and notes write-ups.
Just yesterday, for instance, there was a trio of fest-related news tidbits, including the fact that both Index and North Oak Cliff Music Festival are delaying their fall 2015 outings to the spring of 2016.
As if that weren't enough fest news for one week, how about the fact, just this morning, Rageville announced that, unlike those other two deals, it will be back once again this fall? While no performers have been announced yet — tickets aren't on sale yet, either — we do know that this year's offering will go down October 30 at The Bomb Factory.
Meanwhile, though it's not quite a festival, per se, the State Fair of Texas does have some fest-like qualities. Kind of. Regardless, the Fair did announce the lineup of musical acts it that'll be hitting its main stages during its run this fall. Included in that batch are the locally-tied recent The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd, recent Grammy winner, Lecrae and what's legally allowed to call itself The Beach Boys these days. Other acts performing include Lyfe Jennings, Pesado, Bea Miller, Francesco Yates, Emilio Cam, Kelsea Ballerini, Prophets and Outlaws and Kevin Fowler, just to name a few.
Moving on, Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt underwent successful heart surgery yesterday to deal with some recent heart complications. Though he's happy to be alive, he's not happy to be in the financial hole, and the Dallas Observer reported that he's down some $50,000. As such, his friends and family have put together a You Caring page to help alleviate some of the burden.
Corbitt's at least the third member of the band to deal with heart troubles in recent years. A few weeks ago, bassist Casey Orr suffered a heart attack, requiring emergency surgery. And guitarist Mike Scaccia, you no doubt recall, died from heart complications existences during one of the band's shows in 2012.
And while it is for a somewhat less urgent cause, there's another Dallas music scenester in need. Noted Deep Ellum troubadour Bob Crawford is currently without his iconic battery-powered keyboard. Now, some folks have launched a Tilt campaign on his behalf in order to buy him something new to hold up at shows.
Speaking of entities in need, KNON 89.3-FM is currently in need of some new digs. The Voice of the People is currently housed in a Maple Avenue complex that's being razed in the coming months, and it'll be forced to find a new home once its current lease ends at the end of September. Anonymous donors with deep pockets and, better yet, some vacant property are encouraged to call the volunteer radio station ASAP.
In other news, Spin named Tripping Daisy's “I Got a Girl” to its list of the best alternative rock songs of 1995. It bestowed a similar honor to the Toadies last year in a 1994-centric list.
In new release news, Senior Fin guitarist Jesse Miller has been earning some attention on the side for his new solo output under the name LUWUM. He's got a new full-length from that project due out on Denton's Olympic Dreams Records on August 28, and he debuted a new song recently via Stereogum. You can check out three of that new album's songs below.
Meanwhile, Larry g(EE) released a new tune this past Friday, called “Got To Have It.” It's the first of a new batch of songs that won't appear on his still-in-the-works debut LP, but that he'll be releasing as free downloads the first Friday of each month through the end of the year. Listen to and download the first in the series below.
Another tune getting a lot of love of late is Nature Nate's new “Dallas and Beyond” single, which, as of this writing, is approaching 65,000 SoundCloud spins. Here's that one.
Then there's Sad Cops, one of the most talented high school bands in the area, which released a trio of lo-fi tunes that didn't make it onto the band's debut EP from earlier this year. You can now stream these still-pretty-good castoffs below.
Finally, there's a trio of shows on the horizon worth noting: Pat Green will play an in-store at Good Records this Friday, August 14, in support of his new Home LP; Jack Thunder & The Road Soda will play a release show for its new full-length cassette on August 29 at 1912 Hemphill Bar; and Tomorrowpeople will play its first show in five years on September 10 at Three Links.
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