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Fear and Lounging News and Notes: Life is Beautiful local showcase, Caravels' new album, more

Same Sex Mary (photo from band's Facebook page)
Same Sex Mary (photo from band's Facebook page)

Some music notes for the week:

Organizers for the fall-slated Life is Beautiful music/arts festival promised the inclusion of local talent upon announcing the two-day downtown event last year, and they're starting to make good on that claim. On Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., Artifice will host the first of a series of free multi-genre showcases as a means of determining which local and regional acts might make a good fit for the festival itself. The six scheduled for Feb. 6, all to play half-hour sets, include American Cream, Coastwest Unrest, The Perks, Play For Keeps, Rusty Maples and Same Sex MaryActs interested in playing (this includes solo musicians, groups and DJs of all genres, both local and regional) should complete a form found here

Local hardcore/post-rock quintet Caravels announced yesterday that its new full-length album will be called Lacuna, to be released March 26 on Top Shelf Records. Singer Mike Roeslein told CityLife that any local show celebrating the record -- recorded on the cheap at Palms Studio -- would occur shortly after any potential appearance at March's South By Southwest music conference in Austin, texas. 

British trio The XX will return to Las Vegas after all: April 16 at The Joint. The booking at the Hard Rock comes as a surprise, given the band's October 2012 rainout at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, which sought to bring the band back. Tickets for the Joint date are $32 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 25). 

Speaking of The Joint, Vegas/Los Angeles quartet Imagine Dragons have sold out its Feb. 9 show at the venue. 

This weekend, two notable local music shows take place. Bobby Meader debuts his full band Jan. 25 at Beauty Bar, and Trevor and the Jones release its latest album, There Was Lightning, on Jan. 26 at Motor City Cafe. Both shows are free.