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Benjamin Curtis

Abbey Drucker

Benjamin Curtis, who died Sunday at age 35 after a battle with lymphoblastic lymphoma, was the  drummer in Dallas bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy. But he came out from behind the kit to give so much more. Curtis showed what he could do as a guitarist for Secret Machines, fronted by his brother Brandon. The release of their debut album Now Here Is Nowhere electrified the indie rock landscape in 2004 with a big, brave sound. The expansive guitar on that record was just the beginning of his wider contributions to music.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a trip to the bar could cost you more in the new year; Nancy Brinker takes a big pay cut; musician Benjamin Curtis has died, and more: