Stand Your Ground.
With the State Fair looming on the horizon, its famed pig races come to mind. After coming across this video of some pigs racing at California's State Fair recently, one thing became abundantly clear; pigs are way better at jumping hurdles than we are.
We're not sweating it too much, though. I mean, we can do lots of stuff those fools can't. We've got opposable thumbs, for instance, and the ability to access the Internet in order to discover all kinds of stuff to do tonight. Thank goodness for those.
And when those little piggies are stuck crying wee, wee, wee at home all night, we'll be out on the town really living it up. How's that for a consolation prize? — Cory Graves
Incubus, Deftones at Gexa Energy Pavilion
One of the most resilient alt-metal bands of the past two decades, the Deftones is on the verge of releasing its eighth full-length. Widely cited as influenced by a number of popular contemporary acts such as Muse and System of a Down, it makes sense that these guys would stick around. Co-headliner Incubus, on the other hand, is a bit of a head scratcher. Before the announce of this tour, we had no idea they were still a thing. — Chelsea Upton
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Tera Melos at Trees
progressive California indie outfit Tera Melos and experimental Nashville lo-fi act Basecamp at the next Red Bull Sound Select show, which takes place August 20, at Trees. Two years into the program, you've probably figured out that an RSVP here is required to snag $3 entry. For more info on this one, check out our interview with Tera Melos' North Texas-based drummer John Clardy here. — CG
Heaters at Lola's
Calling snowy Michigan home might call for chilly tunes, but not the case for Grand Rapids psych trio Heaters. Maxed out on sunny reverb and twangy guitars the outfit screams for the West Coast. Embrace the sun as the band melts on through. — Evan Henry
Fireworks at Dada
Fireworks blends pop-melodies with hard-hitting lyrics. This juxtaposed approach has made the band pretty likable among teenage girls and old school punks. The outfit's toured with Saves The Day and New Found Glory if that gives you an idea of their sound. — Diamond Victoria
Hovvdy, Bent Denim at Double Wide
Often seen roaring about with Chipper Jones, Charlie Martin can also be found fronting Hovvdy, the beloved Austin project that uses two Vs to replace a letter in his name. Though the hooks alone should be good enough to get one out of the house and into this one. Former Dallas band Bent Denim opens. — EH
August Pub Run at Lakewood Brewing Co.
Dallas Sport and Social is throwing its Pub Run series tonight at Lakewood Brewery. Work up a thirst with the group run and enjoy your first cold one on the house. And, hey, you can bring dinner with you or order some delivery once you get there. — DV
Matt Powers & Aaron Barker at AllGood Cafe
Two Street Arabs members — Matt Powers and Aaron Barker — head to AllGood for an intimate set. Grab some country fried chicken and mashed tatters and check out some free toons. — H. Drew Blackburn
Deep Ellum Wine Walk
Code for “get classy drunk and shop local,” the premise for this thing is quite simple: Purchase an official wine walk glass at 2646 Main St. for $10 and then fill 'er up for free at participating locations, such as The Akola Project, B4, Dallas Pin-Up, Dallas School of Burlesque, Deep Ellum Trading Company, Elluments, Epocha, Get Reel Goods, Kettle Art, Life of Riley, Lula B's, The Mozzarella Company, The Rag Parlor, The Upper Paw, and many more, including a few pop-up shops, too. — CG
#TexasNoise at Crown and Harp
Currently here in Dallas, there's a wave of experimentation occurring. Most of which in the confines of living rooms and intimate clubs throughout the city. #TexasNoise explores this wave in a more magnified sense. Included in this installment are bare mountain, whose ability to go from tribal-esque layering to a guitar-based noise assault, all in the hands of a single human are certainly worth the sight. Friends Joshua Westerman, Hello! Scenic Dreams!, Half Asexual and more round this evening of finite droning for only five whole dollars. — EH
A Band Called Death at Alamo Drafthouse
Ahead of its upcoming Dallas performance is a free screening of A Band Called Death the critically acclaimed documentary on Death, the '70s proto-punk outfit who in the last few years have since re-surged onto the scene. Punk, before punk, A Band chronicles the band of brothers and the bond between them in their near 30-year span of Death. It's so detailing, it might even make you shed a tear, but who knows, unlike these guys, you could be a robot for all we know. — EH
Fresh 45s at Crown and Harp
Crown and Harp's third-Thursday, all-vinyl DJ affairs presented by Salt-N-Pepa's Spinderella and Too Fresh Productions' Joel Salazar are always a solid time, thanks both to a stellar roster of locals who hold things down and to a cast of out-of-town DJs who roll through to show love. Tonight's affair is a solely local one, but it should remain on point thanks to sets from regular presences JT Donaldson, Jay Clipp, 5 D, Spinderella and cameos from fellow locals Luke Sardello and Yeahdef. — Pete Freedman
Free Week at Rubber Gloves
Gloves' 12th annual back-to-school free music extravaganza is the most solid bill of the week thus far. Danny Diamonds, Swandiver, Calliope Musicals and Friday Mean each perform at this one. Did we already say it's free? — CG
Three Amigos at Granada Theater
There's a reason your dad can tell the difference between mail planes and ordinary jets. After brushing up on this classic bit of comedic cinema you'll understand his brand of jokes , too. You may figure out where one of our favorite local bands derived its name as well. — CG
Spelling Bee at Sundown (Free)
The Dallas Observer, widely known for its in-depth cover stories and mail order bride advertisements, is holding a spelling bee with the Granada. So, if you think to hell with spell check, you know how to spell things, then put up or shut up, fam? Homegrown comedian, Paul Varghese, hosts. — HDB
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