Plans are well underway for the third edition of the Neon Desert Music Festival, which returns May 25, according to its website.
This will mark the second year it will be staged that weekend.
"We love Memorial Day weekend, it is perfect for Neon Desert," NDMF's Zach Paul said via email.
He's part of Austin's Splendid Sun Productions, a group of former El Pasoans, who put on the festival. They recently posted a 5-minute and 6-second video of 2012 NDMF highlights, which you can see here.
In the meantime, Paul said that they're working on headliners for the alternative music festival, which drew 12,000 people last May 26, 2,000 more than the first one on April 30, 2011.
NDMF organizers officially will announce next year's date and the on-sale date for "early bird" tickets on Dec. 3.
The video by El Paso's Beard of Zeus Productions, on their Facebook page since Oct. 9, is set to "Glitter" by Austin's Ghostland Observatory, one of more than 30 acts on four stages.
It includes images of, among others, El Paso-connected international acts Les Butcherettes (with At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez on bass), a festival standout, and Sparta (including fellow ATDIers Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar).
In other concert news:
• Mexican synthpop trio Belanova, who played this year's NDMF, return Thanksgiving weekend to headline Pop Music Festival 2012 at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Coliseum.
They'll be joined by fellow Mexican bands Moedia and Moderatto, who recently did some recording at Sonic Ranch.
Tickets are $37.50, $47.50 and $57.50, plus service charges, on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
• Still waiting for news on a Morrissey makeup date?
A Tricky Falls official said that the new date should be announced "soon." He postponed the rest of his fall U.S. tour, including a Nov. 27 at TF, to return to England to attend to his mother, who is ill.
In the meantime, DJ and self-described "die-hard Moz fan" Rene Romo will host a Smiths vs. the Cure tribute night at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at Club Dedo, 204 Rio Grande.
There's no cover, but Romo promises "plenty of Morrissey tunes to drown your sorrows to."
• Don't know if you noticed, but the Tiguas' have updated their website for Speaking Rock Entertainment Center and its new sister venue, the Socorro Entertainment Center.
They've also added a show by Florida rockers Sister Hazel. The show will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Speaking Rock.
The band, probably best known for its 1990s hit "All For You," includes bassist Jett Beres, whose mother-in-law, Connie Haddad Glass, lives in El Paso.
Speaking Rock also has an Ozomatli show planned for New Year's Eve.
The SEC will host Jackyl on Nov. 11, Enrique Bunbury on Dec. 9 and Blue October on Dec. 31.
• Remember Mystikal?
The once-promising rapper, best-known for the ubiquitous "Shake Ya Ass," has been in and out of jail and prison for several years, including a six-year prison sentence on sex and extortion charges that ended in 2010.
He's coming to El Paso's Ambrosia nightclub, 3233 N. Mesa, at 9 p.m. Nov. 2. He's expected to go on around 11:30 p.m. It's 18-and-older only.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, at the club or email email@example.com.
• Hapa Martinez will celebrate his 33rd birthday and sixth anniversary of his band, Low Luster League, with a free show at 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Thirsty's Bar and Lounge, 1709 Saul Kleinfeld.
The band, which played the local stage at last year's Warped tour stop in Las Cruces, is working on new album "Daddyo" and may play some of the new songs.
Los Deambulantes and Lava Snake will open the show.
• The city's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department has extended the deadline for musicians to apply for slots for next year's Music Under the Stars and Dancing in the City series.
The deadline was pushed back from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5.
MUTS turns 30 this coming summer and will run nine Sundays from June 9-Aug. 11, with a July 4 concert.
DITC turns four this summer and will run eight Saturdays June 1-July 27.
Only electronic submissions will be taken.
Go to elpasotexas.gov/mcad/summerprograms.asp to read the guidelines and download applications.
Submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Ezequiel Pena, Las Colibris and Marichi Cobre headline the 19th annual Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at NMSU's Pan Am Center.
The conference, which includes workshops and a mariachi mass, will be Nov. 17-18.
Tickets for the concert are $19, $29, $39 and $54; $16, $26, $36 and $51 for military; $17, $27, $37 and $52 for NMSU students, faculty and alumni, on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
• EP ska punks Fixed Idea have organized a Coats for Kids concert at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at the House of Rock Live.
The Pinsetters also will perform. Other acts haven't been announced yet.
They're asking for three articles of children's clothing, or a blanket or a $5 donation at the door. The Ysleta Lutheran Mission will handle the distribution of the items.
It's an 18-and-older show.
• Pat Mahoney, late of LCD Soundsystem, will headline the Late Nite Social Club's Supernite series at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Lowbrow.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show, on sale at fla.vor.us/2218591-Late-Nite-Social-Club-tickets.html.
Mahoney played drums and synths in the group, which disbanded last year.
• 2Cellos, the Croatian duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, just released a video of their version of the AC/DC classic "Highway to Hell." It features guitarist Steve Vai.
The song is featured on their new album, "In2ition," produced by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd), which comes out Jan. 15. It also includes versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh, Well" (with Elton John), Coldplay's "Clocks" (with Lang Lang), the Police's "Every Breath You Take" and Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole."
Why am I telling you this?
Because the duo will close the Signature Series, a new cultural series produced by Lola Productions and the UTEP Special Events Office.
Their concert will be April 17 at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium.
The series opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 with "Sacred Music Sacred Dance," featuring Tibetan monks from the Drepeng Loseling Monastery in India, also at Magoffin.
Tickets for 2Cellos are $34 and $39.
Tickets for "Sacred Music Sacred Dance" are $33 and $38.
Also scheduled: "Creole Christmas," with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 ($35, $40); cabaret singer Meow Meow, 8 p.m. Feb. 9 ($27, $32); Bella Gaia, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 ($30, $35); Juan DeMarcos and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Allstars, 7 p.m. March 3 ($35, $40); and Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 7:30 p.m. April 13 ($35, $40).
• Cinemark, which has three El Paso theaters, continues its series of digitally restored classic movies with a holiday lineup that begins Nov. 20 with "2001: A Space Odyssey" (nothing says Thanksgiving than a future where computers take over).
Also planned: "The Sound of Music" (Nov. 28); "It's a Wonderful Life" (Dec. 5); "The Ten Commandments" (Dec. 12); "Miracle on 34th Street" (Dec. 19); and "Rocky" (Dec. 26).
• Speaking of the holidays, the El Paso Community Foundation and Plaza Classic Film Festival will have its fifth annual "Holiday Movies at the Plaza" on Dec. 1-2 at the Plaza Theatre.
Titles haven't been announced yet, but one movie will be shown Dec. 1, the others on Dec. 2.
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual "A Holiday Afternoon" concert will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Plaza, thus the scheduling quirk.
This year's concert will feature the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, conducted by Andy Moran.
• "Bless Me, Ultima," which got a test run here recently, will be shown Nov. 9-15 at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla.
It's still playing at Cielo Vista Cinemas at least through Nov. 8.