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Local band meets fundraising goal for sophomore record

Denton rock band voltREvolt recently met its fundraising goal to make its second record.

VoltREvolt, a five-piece band, exceeded its $2,000 goal to make Tangled in the Light in a campaign. The effort ended July 1 with an extra $85.

The band makes indie rock with a slight psychedelic lilt to it. Chief lyricist, lead singer and guitarist Matthew Long doggedly chases themes of love and beauty. The band wanders away from the typical verse-chorus-verse formula, instead experimenting with three-part harmonies and full-on rock anthems.

Tangled in the Light was recorded at Echo Lab in Denton, with Centro-matic’s Matt Pence and sound engineer Jordan Martin.

The band hasn’t announced a release date.

VoltREvolt is Long; Thomas Paessler on ukulele, keyboards and vocals; Jordan Martin on lead guitar; Matthew Shipper on bass; and Damon Kelley on drums.

To listen online, visit


National Geographic writer’s talk to open conference

David Quammen set out to write a spy novel and ended up writing literary nonfiction for National Geographic. His book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic was published last year.

Quammen will be the first keynote speaker at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference next weekend. The conference is hosted by the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. This year’s theme is “Narratives on the Cutting Edge: Writing About Science, Technology, Medicine and Innovation.”

Quammen will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 State Highway 26 in Grapevine.

Quammen started writing nonfiction in 1981 as columnist for Outside magazine, a job he would have for the next 15 years. He published four books of short works that included selections from his columns and some longer pieces he wrote for Outside.

Quammen first wrote for National Geographic in 1999 when he accompanied American ecologist and conservationist J. Michael Fay on part of a 2,000-mile survey hike through the forests of Central Africa. He walked for eight weeks with Fay across portions of the Congo and Ogooue river basins.

He has written several cover stories for National Geographic, and received a National Magazine Award in 2005 for his cover story “Was Darwin Wrong?” Quammen also received National Magazine Awards in 1987 and 1994.

Tickets to the dinner and keynote speech cost $60. For reservations, which are required, visit For more information about the conference, visit


Associates donate keyboard to Lewisville senior center

The Associates of the Lewisville Senior Activity Center recently presented the center with a digital piano keyboard.

Michael Cogliano, president of the Associates, presented the piano to accompanist Regina Dickinson during a sing-along at the activity center. Center supervisor Teresa Milam also spoke at the presentation.

The keyboard will be used during events and concerts at the center.

— Staff reports

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