Whisk Away To An Unknown Destination With Rancid.

Something pretty incredible happened over the weekend: The calendar flipped.

In case you've yet to realize it due to your Labor Day-induced mini vacay haze, we are now in the same month as the State Fair of Texas.

Yes, later this very month we'll find out what the new, bigger, better Big Tex looks like. We'll also all be privy to the taste profiles of fried Nutella, Thanksgiving Dinner and Cuban rolls.

Alas, all that excitement is still a few weeks away. So what say we try to temper the excitement a bit in the meantime and take things one day at time until then?

Rancid is in town, after all.

Rancid at South Side Music Hall
Venerable California ska-punks Rancid hit up South Side Music Hall for what promises to be a furious set. Just because the band's been around for 25 years doesn't mean they can't still bring it. Rancid's Tim Armstrong will pull double duty tonight as well, as his mostly covers side project, Tim Timebomb and Friends, will serve as one of three opening acts. — Stephen Young

Blake Ward, Botany at Sundown
On a typical week, Blake Ward — along with the occasional guest DJ he brings along for the ride — offers up one of the most consistent Tuesday night weeklies going. This week, though, Ward is hosting a rare live performance from the The Fader-approved electronic act Botany, making this week's edition of “The Showdown” about as can't-miss as it gets. —Cory Graves

Free Week at Rubber Gloves
This is usually about the time when college freshmen start questioning their class schedules. Like, scheduling an 8 a.m. class the day after Labor Day? What were you thinking? As big a groin punch as the first post-holiday class can be, this free offering from Terminator 2, Ascites, Prisons and Apocrypha is at least on hand to help smooth things over. Either that, or they'll prepare one for tomorrow's next big lesson: going to class hungover. — CG

Sam Anderson at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Be it just another night jamming with one of his many pals in the Fort Worth music scene or performing with his band the Quaker City Night Hawks, Anderson always seems to turn things up a notch when he's performing at the MML. And, no matter how many times he seems to do so, he always manages to pack the house. While the Night Hawks have pretty much always called the Lounge their home base, we're beginning to wonder if it's not something even more to Anderson. We wouldn't be surprised if he slept on a cot in the kitchen when the place closed, to be honest. Because, above all, he never looks more at home than when he's playing on the Magnolia Motor Lounge stage. — CG

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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