Losing Fidelity

The local punk scene takes another hit

"There's so much risk involved, so much legwork involved," Hooker noted. "It's hard to keep going when you're constantly in the red doing it. You have to keep convincing yourself that it's for the greater good of the scene."

Still, Hooker's got at least half a year before he bails. So far, he's got a few Slammie-partnered national shows lined up this month (Agent Orange, the Loved Ones), as well as a few local reunions (Anchorman, Radio Baghdad, the Shakers, Die Stinkin'). And, of course, he's still doing Shut Up and Play, which he co-hosts with fiancée Chelsea Wine. The show's been going well, Hooker said, the basketball game incident notwithstanding. And they've got ways to please their steady stream of callers.

"We try to do ticket giveaways for each Low-Fi show that's coming up," Hooker said. "And we try to think of clever ways to do it, like, whoever tells the funniest joke gets a free ticket."

So keep those calls coming while you can. Pretty soon, the only ticket Hooker will have is for a one-way flight to Austin.

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