Go On a Crimewave with Crystal Castles.
More often than not, Mondays are total pains in the ass, completely unwelcome signs that the weekend is kaput and the week is here.
This Monday, though, feels different.
Not because there's so much going on (spoiler: there isn't), but because, after all the shit we collectively suffered through last week, this day mostly feels like a fresh start, like a clean slate, like a chance to begin anew.
Hey, we'll take it. With pleasure, even.
Crystal Castles at House of Blues
Once upon a time — oh, two years back or so — Alice Glass and Ethan Kath were the top darlings of the alternative scene, the constant butts of Hipster Runoff jokes. The attention, of course, was quite deserved: 2010's (II) was a pretty boss release, showing off some serious growth from the band's self-titled, Health-incensed 2008 debut, with the band earning various impressive cosigns that time around, none more notable than the one received from The Cure's Robert Smith, who joined the duo for a stirring, collaborative cover of Platinum Blonde's “Not In Love” on that release. More recently, in November, the band released (III), an album that's received substantially less hype than either of its predecessors, although the why of the matter is up for debate. Are people tiring of the duo? Probably not. Are they getting sick of the band's divergent — sometimes soft and sometimes overly aggressive — song structures? Doubtful. So what gives? Tough to say. Still, expect a sufficiently excited crowd on hand tonight at the House of Blues as the band performs a (III)-heavy set. It'll be a fun show. Crystal Castles offerings always are (when not canceled at the last minute, that is). We're setting the over/under on the first Alice crowdsurf effort at six songs this time around.
Burntsienna Trio, Paperhaus, Glen Farris and The Great Depressions at Macaroni Island
Denton: Still living the house show dream. This time around, the folks at Macaroni Island are playing host to Washington D.C. outfit Paperhaus, plus a trio off locals (one of which, you'll note, is also a Trio). Per normal Macaroni Island protocol, the show is free, although tipping the touring band is encouraged and jerks are not.
Sugarfoote & Co. at Adair's Saloon
Cody Foote and his pals gather at Adair's every Monday. You're almost certain to hear at least one Band cover from the talented vocalist and whichever of his pals decide to show. The more the merrier.
Sarah McLachlan at the Meyerson Symphony Center
“Hi, I'm Sarah McLachlan, and I'm here to ruin your day.” (In all fairness, the '90s star is once again performing in support of a good cause tonight, this time raising money for homeless childcare.)