Enjoy A Tryst With Hercules & Love Affair.

Now that we're fully in the throes of fall, it can be tempting to start trying to force overtly fall activities into your daily mix.

Oftentimes, though, things like engorging yourself on pumpkin spice fill-in-the-blanks, trekking over to the pumpkin patch or forcing an uncomfortable hayride through the countryside can be much duller than anticipated.

And why would you put yourself through all that, really, when there are so many other above-average options tonight? — Cory Graves

The Airborne Toxic Event at House of Blues
Indie rockers The Airborne Toxic Event are often referred to as “literary rockers,” which we guess is fair given that the band was formed by novelist Mikel Jollett and named after a Don DeLillo novel. Given that this is currently Banned Books Week, it is perhaps a more appropriate time than ever to check out the band's live show. If you want to. Unlike the bands' labelmates U2, though, The Airborne Toxic Event won't shove its music down your throat against your will. — CG

The Terminator at Sundown
Come with us if you want to see a good movie. Especially when there's another Terminator in the works starring Ahnuld himself. — Chase Whae

Hercules & Love Affair at Dada
Back in June, Hercules and Love Affair mastermind Andy Butler teased Dallas audiences when he performed a DJ set at the It'll Do Club. For his return trip tonight, though, he'll show up at full strength with his entire live backing band in tow, ready to pound his nu-disco thumpers into your primed-and-ready ears. Nick Monaco and DJ Red Eye will set the table at this one. — CG

Poptopia at South Side Ballroom
This KVIL-sponsored radio promotion will feature performances from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, bluesy singer-songwriter ZZ Ward and Canadian reggae-fusion band MAGIC! — and the exclamation point theirs, we must say. Nobody should be that excited about reggae fusion. — CG

Royal Blood at Trees
In case you're not entirely burnt out on blues-based, two-piece garage bands, we'll offer up British duo Royal Blood. In the group's defense, its own material is a bit harder-edged, fuller-sounding, and Muse-leaning than most of the other White Stripes and Black Keys disciples. — CG

Kristopher Roe at The Prophet Bar
Tonight, while The Prophet Bar's small room will once again play host to its regular Wednesday night Jam Session, the big room will feature “a special acoustic and intimate night” with Kristopher Roe and others. Roe is perhaps best remembered for being a member of The Ataris, that shitty pop-punk band that rose to some semblance of fame on the back of its cover of Don Henley's “Boys of Summer.” — CG

Sham 69, Total Chaos, The Broadsiders at Three Links
Sing “Oi to the World” tonight as '70s Brit-punks Sham 69, former '90s California hardcore outfit Total Chaos and Dallas' own The Broadsiders keep the oi subgenre alive. For what it's worth, it'll probably be the last Broadsiders live set of the year, as the band plans on entering the studio in the near future. — CG

Wondercrust Presents: Turkey Shoot at The Grotto
Campy Aussie flick, Turkey Shoot is a gratuitously violent b-movie that involves a group of rich folks who pay for the privilege to hunt for human prisoners at a concentration camp with immunity. If it sounds bad, that's because it is. It's been called, “Easily the cheapest and nastiest piece of mainstream celluloid ever stitched together Australia's mad cinematic scientists.” That is to say it'll be ripe for riffing on alongside Fort Worth's Wondercrust movie watchers club. — CG

“URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s” at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Through the end of the year, The Modern will devote 25,000 square feet of exhibition space to various iconic works of art that came out of the bustling New York art scene of the '80s. Various genres, artists and media will be represented, including works by Laurie Anderson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Troy Brauntuch, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Nan Goldin, Jack Goldstein, Peter Halley, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allan McCollum, Richard Prince, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Donald Sultan, Philip Taaffe, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. — CG

Hercules & Love Affair cover photo by Alexander Nussbaumer. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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