Dead Flowers Host Fundraiser for Trey Alfaro Tonight at So & So's

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Mike Brooks
Trey Alfaro, left, with his bandmates from the Phuss

The word "community" gets thrown around a lot, but it seems as though the North Texas music community is indeed acting as one in order to help a talented and beloved member. When the Phuss' Drummer Trey Alfaro was seriously injured after a hit-and-run driver crashed into him as he rode his bike in Dallas on the night of Friday, August 8th. The horrific injuries he dealt with were but the first of his upcoming problems. As an uninsured musician, the medical bills began to pile up instsantly.

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Bludded Head Announce Reign in Bludd EP, Stream "Shitsucker Blues"

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Nevada Hill is preparing to release a new EP under his Bludded Head moniker
As far as album teasers go, Denton's Bludded Head know how to do it right. For starters, the new LP -- announced just yesterday and due to be released through New York imprint Sleeping Giant Glossolalia on October 6 -- is titled Reign in Bludd. That's a good start; we always appreciate a good Slayer reference. Second off, the first track, which started streaming yesterday, is called "Shitsucker Blues." This is also a good thing. Oh, and it's also eight minutes long.

The best thing about it, though? The song doesn't disappoint.

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Two Bronze Doors Is a Pillar of Dallas' DIY scene

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Photo courtesy Natalie Jean Vaughan

The thing about house venues is that they're always more interesting than public ones. Idiosyncrasies are the décor. Little trinkets here, deliciously askew lighting there -- tonight it's horror film reds and greens, like watermelons and glow sticks. The colors spill through the windows, out onto the creaky deck and secondhand furniture. Out there it's pleasant and genuine, a stew of laughter, chatter and shuffling shoes. Smoke curls through the air, glass clanks occasionally. In here, inside Two Bronze Doors where music is happening, it's equally pleasant, only more alive.

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Numero Group to Release Pioneering Bedhead Box Set

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In the world of film and DVD, the Criterion Collection is the king of digging up deserving films and offering them to the public. Each of their releases gets the deluxe treatment, filled with extras that highlight why the movie is worthy of such royal massaging. For music buffs, there are a few notable labels which offer up the same sort of special attention, and one of them is the Numero Group, out of Chicago.

This music-geek dream label is already worthy of our attention, thanks to its ongoing series of releases that showcase obscure soul, funk and folk music. Numero has recently released insanely Christmas-list-worthy collections from indie-icons such as hardcore heroes Hüsker Dü and slowcore legends Codeine. And now Dallas luminaries Bedhead are getting the same treatment.

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Ride for Dime Revs Up Its 10th Installment This Weekend

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Heavy as Texas helps salute Dimebag Darrell at this year's Ride for Dime
This year's Ride for Dime marks the 10-year anniversary of the benefit show and the untimely passing of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Nathan Bray, Jeff Thompson and Erin Halk. Inevitably, it's a bittersweet occasion, given the tragic events that spurred the event's founding. And yet a decade in, Ride for Dime continues to bring together members of the metal community each year in their honor.

"Come on out and celebrate my brother's life," writes Dimebag's brother and former Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul Abbott on the Ride for Dime webpage. "He was a beautiful man and great person, and Ride for Dime has their heart in the right place."

The Ride for Dime is set to take place this Friday and Saturday between Fort Worth and Dallas.

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A.Dd+ Chronicle Their Nawfside Love on New Nawf EP

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A.Dd+'s "Nawf" EP is out today
Dallas 'Nawfsiders' Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, known together as A.Dd+ (pronounced 'ay-dee-dee'), have had the local hip-hop scene on lock for years now. Today, North Texas' favorite hip-hop duo will drop their first release since DiveHiFlyLo, a five-song EP titled Nawf.

The project started coming together back in April, when the duo travelled to Atlanta to record the EP, as well as some additional songs that A.Dd+ will likely include on their upcoming album (which has no title as of now, let alone a release date). While it might have been recorded away from home, the project is all about the Nawf.

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AraabMuzik Cancels Thursday Appearance at Trees

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Catch you later, Dallas: AraabMuzik has canceled his stops in Dallas and Austin this week
We'll give AraabMuzik this much: At least he didn't wait till the fans were already inside the door at Trees to cancel his concert. (Sorry, Young Thug, but not sorry.) In all seriousness, though, word came out this afternoon that the East Coast producer, who was scheduled to headline Trees this coming Thursday, has had cancel his appearance, for as-yet unspecified reasons.

Ticket buyers will receive full refunds for their purchases, although the early indication is that the show will be rescheduled.

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Frankie 45 Memorial Guitar Stolen from Club Dada

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For anyone familiar with the fate of beloved Dallas rock band Spector 45, there are few things that could make the story any more tragic than it already is. Within a few weeks of each other, two of the band's members, Frank Campagna (a gifted and charismatic young singer and guitarist known to most as Frankie 45) and Adam Carter, committed suicide, a devastating blow to fans of a band with close ties to Deep Ellum.

But now there's a new, sad twist to the story: an old guitar of Campagna's, donated to Club Dada after his death by his father, has been stolen from the bar.

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Home By Hovercraft Releases Nostalgic, Dreamy Video for 'Lie in Your Bed'

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Still from Home by Hovercraft's new video, "Lie in Your Bed"

Local band Home by Hovercraft has a flair for the dramatic. You hear it in their music's melodious swelling and Seth Magill's resonant vocals; It comes across in their live shows with the use of unconventional instruments, i.e. clogging as percussion; and last year, the band wrote and performed in a hit musical that used their songs as soundtrack. So, it should come as no surprise that their first music video, released just this morning for song "Lie in Your Bed," follows in this eccentric tradition.


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Trees Throws Five-Year Anniversary Party Saturday Night

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Mike Brooks
A full house has become a familiar site once more at Trees
Growing old means letting go. Love fades and friends move away. The people closest to you -- mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers and sisters, the whole nine -- they depart this earth. And the places we visit, our old haunts, they come and go as well. Concert venues, much like restaurants, come and go frequently. And yet, these are the places where relationships are cultivated and over time, we get attached to them, developing a sense of kinship.

Yes, venues come and go swiftly, but sometimes, sometimes they come back. Deep Ellum stalwart Trees is just one such venue to pull off a Lazarus-like second act.

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