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Don’t worry about the Government

Quirky SA indie-rock quartet Not the Government is relocating to Los Angeles for an extended stay that may or may not prove permanent. The band members emphasize that the move is based purely on a desire to enhance their chances for industry success. Along those lines, they’ve secured a year-long lease on a West Los Angeles house, but hold out the possibility of a return, after they’ve achieved their career goals.

Meanwhile the group is working on four-track recordings and planning an EP release for later this year on Mookie Dog Records. They’ll play their final San Antonio shows (for now at least) on Friday, May 25, at the Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, along with Grasshopper Lies Heavy, Great Northern Guns, and Get Serious, and Saturday, May 26 at the Limelight, with Whitman, They Mean Us, and Applicant. …

Not the Government’s bon-voyage tour is just part of an unusually active music week, with the debut show Queer Tears, featuring alumni from the defunct Skullening, on Thursday, May 24, at the Mattress Factory; Casbeers’ annual Bob Dylan birthday celebration on Thursday, May 24, featuring a reunited Krayolas (who will surely bring some Roger McGuinn jangle to the festivities); Hyperbubble’s CD-release show on Saturday, May 26 at the Rock Bottom, with St. Louis electro-clash maniacs Femme Fatality; a visit from artsy, grandiose cult band Ours to White Rabbit on Saturday, May 26; Los Angeles artist/product Eliot Lipp at the Limelight on Thursday, May 24, with local DJ hero Ernest Gonzales; and Orange County rockers the Willowz, playing a matinee show (8 p.m.) at the Rock Bottom on Thursday, May 24. Plan your schedules accordingly.

— Gilbert Garcia

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