Pour It Up With Rihanna.
There's at least one glaring similarity between early January and mid-April: During these times of the year, a treasure trove of people miraculously decide that this is time to work out.
Of course, as opposed to January, when the new year starts and the blind hope of new beginnings captures the soul, mid-April is all about vanity. That beach bod you hope to showcase this summer won't just render itself.
So, fair warning if you're thinking about heading to the gym tonight: It's going to be busy.
Maybe you're better served checking out one of these events instead.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky at the American Airlines Center Well, turns out the show got canceled after all. Or, rather, it got postponed. Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto their tickets and await further instruction from LiveNation.
Yesterday afternoon, Houstonians received some bad news: A press release was sent out alerting Rihanna fans that the pop star's concert at the Toyota Center last night was postponed to take place at a later date because the singer had fallen ill. There was good news for Dallasites in that release, though: For whatever reason, the statement went out of its way to ensure Dallas fans that tonight's show at the American Airlines Center was still a go. So, yes, for now, you can still expect to see Rihanna hump the air and sing all of the hits from her seven albums at the AAC tonight, complete with an opening set from Harlem rap heavyweight A$AP Rocky. Should we hear anything about this show not happening, we'll be sure to pass along word right away.
Beach Fossils at Club Dada
Beach Fossils sound exactly like what you'd expect a band with this name to sound like, which is to say that they sound like a group of twentysomethings drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon along a coast, against a cooling gust and under the orange hue of a departing sun. Coincidentally, Fungi Girls, the locals opening the show, sound like the band at the house show those aforementioned twentysomethings are headed to once the sun goes down.
Keyshia Cole at Verizon Theatre
Keyshia Cole is a power vocalist. The idea is that, when she belts a note on her R&B songs about love, you start to fee like making said love. Then, when she goes into vibrato and runs during her songs about a woman scorned, you're supposed to make you feel like keying a car. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it freaks us out. Less frightening/enabling is opening act Chrisette Michele, who sounds like Billie Holiday reincarnated.
Condoleezza Rice at the University of North Texas
Condoleezza Rice, you no doubt recall, served as Secretary of State during George W. Bush's presidency. Tonight, she makes her way to politics and probably some academics, too — she was, after all, once the provost at Stanford. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, maybe not. The last time UNT hosted a high-profile politician from the Bush era — George W. Bush himself — it didn't go over too well.
Otep at Trees
Nu metal: Still a thing.