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Bowling For Soup Drops A Video Before Its 25th Anniversary, The State Fair Announces Its Music Lineup, Transit Bicycle Co. Is Closing Soon And Much More.

This week has proven to be rather momentous for Bowling For Soup.

Yesterday, the Wichita Falls-sprung, Denton-based pop-punk foursome released as a fresh single a cover of Suicide Machines‘ “Sometimes I Don’t Mind” as well as an accompanying music video.

Check it out:

As you may already know, the video’s drop comes just in time for the band’s 25th anniversary celebration shenanigans, which will take place over the course of a four-day stretch this weekend at Lava Cantina in The Colony. The band’s got lots planned for that run: On Thursday, frontman Jaret Reddick will host a screening of the 1985 martial arts film The Last Dragon as part of a live recording for his Jaret Goes to the Movies podcast; on Friday, the band will host a gig at the venue featuring their friends The Nixons and Offended by Everything, just a day before the pop-punk outfit itself plays a show with Reddick proteges Not Ur Girlfrenz opening; and, lastly, on Sunday morning, everyone is invited to go back to Lava Cantina for a special hangover brunch performance from the band.

Recovery is important, y’all! For some of us, a good eight hours of sleep can do the trick. But, for others, recovery can require much more. In the case of David Berman of Silver Jews, recovery from depression, crack addiction and an aching resentment towards a paternal figure can require a full decade. After flying off the grid for a good 10 years, the Addison-affiliated indie songwriter recently made unexpected return to the limelight, and he sat down in a rare tell-all with The Washington Post to discuss his return. Beyond the gritty, depressing subject matter, the interview also revealed that Berman has formed a solid friendship with Dan Auerback of Black Keys fame and refers to Jack White as “Sir Edgar Scissor Blues.” Want to see that kind of wit in a live setting? Well, as we reported two weeks ago, you’ll have to travel: Berman’s new project Purple Mountains is slated to perform Raleigh, North Carolina’s tenth annual Hopscotch Festival later this year.

Of course, Berman’s hardly the only act with North Texas ties hitting the festival circuit. Earlier today, it was revealed that Post Malone is a headliner this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, where he’s being billed between Guns N’ Roses and Beck. Meanwhile, Los Angeles-via-Dallas rapper and Queen of the South star Snow Tha Product has been announced as a performer at this year’s Bumbershoot in Seattle during Labor Day weekend festival on a bill alongside The Lumineers, Tyler the Creator, Hippie Sabotage, Carly Rae Jepsen and others. In more niche, but still impressive festival news, Fort Worth mainstays Quaker City Nighthawks, the Fort Worth-affiliated blues legend Delbert McClinton and Dallas’ own Jack Ingram are scheduled to perform at Nashville’s AmericanaFest in September alongside acts such as Tanya Tucker, Keb’ Mo’ and more. Lastly in fest-booking news, Drakulas — the Austin punk outfit featuring North Texas members Mike Wiebe (Riverboat Gamblers) and Zach Blair (Hagfish, Only Crime) — will play Chicago’s Riot Fest in September as part of a stacked lineup of artists such as Blink-182, Bikini Kill, Slayer, Ween and, well, this one other band that Blair is also in called Rise Against.

North Texas is really on the map these days, huh? Contributing to that this week is the Frisco-born singer-songwriter Maelyn Jarmon, who just won the 16th season of The Voice. At the start of the season, she declined to pick Kelly Clarkson as a vocal coach in favor of John Legend, and while our instincts tell us to be upset at her for blackballing a first-season American Idol winner from Burleson, but to be fair, it’s not like Legend is a state fair act or anything.

Yes, we do mean the term “state fair act” as a slight! It’s no secret that we have expressed our share of ire over the State Fair of Texas over the years, but we’ll otherwise withhold from picking that scab for the time being while reporting that the concert lineup for this year’s installment just got dropped. Here’s the schedule:

  • 9/27 – Rick Springfield
  • 9/28 – Cameo
  • 9/29 – La Maquinaria Nortena
  • 10/4 – Hotel California (Eagles tribute)
  • 10/5 – Daughtry
  • 10/6 – Tye Tribbet
  • 10/11 – Bob Schneider
  • 10/12 – Big & Rich
  • 10/13 – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • 10/14 – Shane & Shane
  • 10/18 – Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute)
  • 10/19 – TBA
  • 10/20 – Gary P. Nunn

Meanwhile, just ten minutes north of Fair Park, some shitty news just dropped: Yesterday, the Advocate reported that Lower Greenville “anti-venue” Transit Bicycle Co. is closing its doors for good at the end of the month. Towards the end of the bike shop’s decade-long run, local promoter Parade of Flesh started to book shows in the space, hosting shows from such names as Dent May, Lina Tullgren, Flasher, Hovvdy, LA Witch, Naomi Punk and others. Here are the remaining Parade of Flesh shows scheduled to take place at the venue/bicycle shop:

  • 6/8 – Haybaby
  • 6/10 – Bugg, Narrow Head, Laffing Gas, Sprawwl
  • 6/11 – Spirit of the Beehive, Strange Ranger
  • 6/17 – Tropa Magica
  • 6/29 – Mauno, Brody Price

In far more devastating news, psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson passed away this past Friday at the age of 71. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed, but the Dallas-born 13th Floor Elevators founder has endured a notorious battle with schizophrenia since first being diagnosed with the disorder in 1968. Despite years of deteriorating mental health, he has intermittently returned to performing, going through a revolving door of backing bands, including Dallas punk legends The Nervebreakers. Erickson’s last North Texas show took place on September 14, 2018, at the Granada Theater.

Let’s close this week off on an optimistic note, though, by checking out some new releases you probably missed.

First up, give Asian Doll’s new music video for her remix of King Von‘s “Crazy Story” a watch:

Next up, Denton punk outfit Malpractica released a new self-titled album:

Denton psych-rock quartet Pearl Earl also released fresh cut called “The Dimension Isn’t Right” to its Bandcamp page:

And, finally, three new songs from revered Fort Worth duo Pinkish Black’s upcoming album Concept Unification have also dropped. Hear them below:

And that’s it till next week!

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