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Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday To-Do: Dash Rip Rock

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2007 at 2:15 PM

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DASH RIP ROCK
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.

Dash Rip Rock just delivered its most recent CD, “Hee Haw Hell,” to the office, so the least we can do is tell you all about its checkered 24-year history in rock. Though “Rolling Stone” seems to have just now noticed DRR as an “Artist to Watch,” the band's been at it a while. After a few years as a respected, if not particularly well-known, bar band, Dash Rip Rock tossed off an “At the Hop” parody called “(Let's Go) Smoke Some Pot.” This song tore up Austin rock radio, led to a missed appearance at the KROQ weenie roast (then a big deal) with Garbage and No Doubt and a major label record deal. While Winger levels of success evaded Dash Rip Rock, the country learned about a little band that the mid-South had known about for years. It's since released two critically acclaimed albums, signed to Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, lost property in Hurricane Katrina and continued to play roaring bar rock in clubs across the country. Josh the Devil and the Sinners open.—Fritz Brantley

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