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"Abbreviations are an alternative rock/pop band from Dallas, Texas who are a kind of supergroup as well, featuring members who have played in many of the city’s most active bands over the years. As Abbreviations, Ashley Leer (guitar, vocals), Matt Leer (guitar), Chad Walls (bass), and Tony Wann (drums) have unveiled their debut single “Turn On You” a couple of weeks ago via Red Zeppelin (the female-owned and operated McKinney, Texas-based label that’s a recent outgrowth of the beloved local record store). The track was produced by Grammy®-winning producer Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Phosphorescent, Cat Power)."
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March 25, 2022 9:00 PM
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