Rise Above.

Today, chocoholics all across the nation will celebrate National German Chocolate Cake Day.

Here in North Texas, though, we've got extra reason to rejoice (read: stuff our faces) because, much like ATMs, liquid paper and laser tag, the popular dessert was invented in Dallas.

Sounds like reason enough to go out tonight if you ask us.

Sure, going out on Wednesday nights wasn't invented here in town, but we're pretty good at it just the same.

Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival Pre-Party at Dada and Three Links
Elm Street Tattoo's 24-hour Friday the 13th tattoo marathons are a pretty well-ingrained tradition in these parts. And, though it's a lesser-known affair, so too is the wig party that precedes each of those sessions. Every Wednesday before a Friday the 13th, Elm Street tattooers throw a wig-themed party and aim to stay up as late as they can, all in hopes of skewing their sleep clocks so much that they'll sleep all day Thursday and be fresh and awake when the calendar turns to Friday. This year, they're doing it extra big with performances from the now-Mike Vallely-fronted Black Flag, Hor and Cinema Cinema at Dada, followed by Teenage Bottlerocket, Pinata Protest and Notley Crue over at Three Links. A $25 pass will get you into both — or, for $50, you can see basically every show in Deep Ellum through Sunday night. — Cory Graves

Pat Rothfuss and Paul & Storm at Granada Theater
By all accounts, Game of Thrones only has another couple of seasons before it catches up to the point where notoriously slow writer George R.R. Martin has reached with the book version. But what are you doing about it? Not a goddamn thing we're guessing. At least geek culture musicians Paul & Storm — who perform tonight at the Granada — penned the motivational “Write Like the Wind” to encourage the author to pick up the pace. Fantasy novelist and The Kingkiller Chronicle author Patrick Rothfuss also appears. — CG

Amber Farris at Vagabond
In recent months, this Lower Greenville space once occupied by J. Pepe's has been transformed into a low-key bar, thanks in part to members of The Flatlanders. If you haven't been to play bocce ball on the spot where the previous tenant's pool once stood, you might do so tonight. And, if you do, you'll also have the opportunity to catch a solo set from dynamic Somebody's Darling's frontwoman Amber Farris. — CG

Yoni Wolf at Rubber Gloves
Prior to Why?'s 2005 debut — the innovative alternative hip-hop/indie folk meshing Elephant Eyelash — the moniker was used by the band's vocalist Yoni Wolf as a personal stage name for roughly eight years. Tonight, he'll return to those solo roots with a solo rap performance backed only by a DJ. In other words: Don't expect this one to resemble a Why? performance, like, at all. Per this tour's press release: “This will be straight-up rap.” Serengeti and -topic also perform. — CG

Meshuggah, Between the Buried & Me at House of Blues
What better reason to celebrate on a Wednesday night than for 25 years of “musical deviance” and whatnot? Tonight, Meshuggah brings its tour to town to do just that. The band's name derives from the Hebrew/Yiddish word for “crazy,” which complies to the extreme metal genre that the band has virtually managed to make its own, having been named one of the most influential metal bands again and again over the past quarter-century. If that alone isn't enough to remove your ass from the couch on which it is planted, the newer to the scene but no less revered Between the Buried & Me opens. — Chrissi Chetwood

Team Sesh with Bones, X Wulf and more at the Prophet Bar
There are louder sets in the Los Angeles rap community — TDE and Odd Future immediately come to mind — but few are as sonically intriguing as the mellowed-out stoner rap vibes of the Team Sesh crew, which comes to Dallas with shimmering up-and-comers Bones and X Wulf in tow for tonight's affair. — PF

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

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