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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 12 May 2011

Today in the roundup: The debut of a new local theater group, a new site for old songs and local music bits.


‘BLAHBLAHBLAH’ IS …: Blahblahblah is the first of a series of plays from a new area theater company called Dead White Zombies that it says will take a look at different facets of life in North Texas. The title makes the show sound, what’s the word for it … blah? But those who have seen it say the innovative sets are the star of the show. “Ages of black box theater may come to an end with this production,” David Novinski writes on theaterjones.com. “As both director and set designer for blahblah, [Thomas] Riccio makes a minimalist statement,” Alexandra Bonifield writes. Catch it through May 28.

OLD TIMEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Library of Congress has launched the National Jukebox, a website that streams more than 10,000 recordings from the first half of the 20th Century. For an overview of the collection, NPR has you covered. But with that many songs, where to begin? Luckily, Gene DeAnna, the site’s curator, provides a playlist of nine of the best cuts for The Atlantic.

MUSIC BITS: Ready to see the Big Summer Concert but not sure who to see? The folks over at dallasnews.com say women will rule the stages this season. (dallasnews.com) … Maybe you caught Paul Slavens’ recent Track by Track podcast with Fishboy and thought, “I wonder what that guy would do with a music video?” If so, you’ve got a pair of them to enjoy. (DC9 at Night) … Fort Worth Weekly reviews the latest efforts from Seryn, My Wooden Leg (also recently featured on Track by Track) and Mission to the Sea. (fwweekly.com)