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Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow. Before coming to D Magazine, Simek launched the well-loved, if short-lived, Renegade Bus, an online journal that brought out-of-the-box perspectives to Dallas life and culture. He also wrote for D Magazine and D CEO on topics ranging from soccer hooligans and insurance detectives to the pedestrian friendliness of the Dallas Arts District. Simek covered Dallas City Hall; helped launch Oak Cliff People; and wrote about movies, classical music, and opera while on the staff at People Newspapers.

How Sudie’s Big Break Came From a Panic Attack in the Middle of the Night

Sudie Abernathy doesn’t really have a band yet. She says she is still learning how to produce her music though trial and error. She records in her bathroom when she’s not working as a waitress at The Old Monk. But Sudie—the 23-year-old only uses her first name professionally—is also one of the most promising young talents on the Dallas music scene. Her sound sets sultry, jazz-steeped melodies adrift in layered and ethereal compositions. She writes theatrical songs with dabs of samba, house, and other eclectic influences.

Last year, Sudie was one of 20 musicians chosen to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. The latest milestone came when the video for her new song “Heartattack”—from her self-titled EP, released on rapper-producer Black Milk’s Computer Ugly label—debuted on the website Jezebel in March. A couple of days before playing to a sold-out crowd at Three Links later that month, she sat down to talk about her new song and the evolution of her sound.

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