Devin The Dude Vs. Texas Board Of Education; Summerfest Prices Go Up Tonight; Rare Lightnin' Hopkins Portraits For Sale; ZZ Top To Play Chile Benefit

The Awl writes about Devin the Dude, making fun of the dumbifying of Texas' public-school curriculum.

Today is your last chance to get Summerfest passes for the low, low price of $22.50. They go up at midnight. Prince Paul, who only produced De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, has signed on to DJ the afterparty. See

Besides a new album, Wrong Is What I Do Best, Miss Leslie of the Juke Jointers has a baby! Her name is Emilee Rebecca Anne Bledsoe. Congrats to the happy family.

At Sedition Books, Oakland's anarcho- country folk punk band Jessie Williams and the BoozeHounds will play with Crop Circles, 8 p.m. Friday.

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The bossman around these parts has been relentlessly pursing the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker story and yesterday's news is that a copy of this portrait of Hopkins, taken in 1959 by Dallas Times Herald photographer Andrew Hanson can be yours for a $100 donation to the Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Fund (plus a $15 S&H fee). There are only 50 prints, per Hanson's wishes, which were made from one of four surviving negatives from the shoot, which took place at Hopkins' Third Ward shack on Dowling Street. For more information, email Marker Fund coordinator Eric Davis at

Houston alt-rockers Wayside Drive have just released "Forgetting," the fourth single from the trio's The Other Side album, with a twist: The band enlisted local translator Francesca Marzola to, well, translate the lyrics into Spanish, French, German and Italian, and recorded a version of the song in each language. Here's the English version; download the other four (and see the lyrics) here.

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