Play It Right.
As a race, new research suggests, humans were healthier prior to the invention of electricity. Says some science folk, the exposure to artificial light fucks with our bodies' circadian rhythms, which in turn disrupts our hormones and leads to maladies like “cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.”
And it's only getting worse now that we're all constantly on our phones and laptops. It's a scary thought, to be sure. But now that we know the problem, we can go about solving it. Keep the screens in your pockets and live in the moment tonight — for your health.
Salad Days at Alamo Drafthouse
In 1980, snot-nosed teenagers Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson started the band Minor Threat and, in true DIY fashion, established their own label, Dischord Records, to get distribute their music as cheaply as possible. In turn, the duo spearheaded the DIY movement in their hometown of Washington, D.C., which spawned like-minded acts like Bad Brains, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring and Marginal Man. If it wasn't for Dischord, there may never have been a true DIY scene anywhere in the country — or indie rock as a whole, for that matter. In any case, that's the subject D.C.-based journalist Scott Crawford tackles with his new documentary on the D.C. underground punk scene of the '80s.
Spring Fling No. 2 at Aqua Lab Studios
Anyone that's been to one of Burger Records' regular caravan tours can attest to the kind of revelry that's in store. Here, though, it'll be double the fun, as a similar convoy of Lolipop records artists will converge at this spot as well. Thanks to organizers Dallas Distortion Music and Vice Palace you can catch Kim & The Created, VISION, GAL PALS, Susan, Max Pain & the Groovies, Levitation Room, Adult Books, Feels, Big White, Winter, Psychomagic, The Electric Magpie and Blood Sister on their way out of Austin. And Sealion, too, because, why not?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Party at Alamo Drafthouse
All-you-can eat free pizza and a screening of the cheeseball 1990 TMNT flick? Sounds like dinner and a movie to us. Turtle power, indeed.
Shakespeare in the Bar Presents: Much Ado About Nothing at The Wild Detectives (Free)
Of late, troupes of drunken actors with clever names like ShakesBEER and Shotspeare have been staging informal production's of the bard's work in watering holes all over the country. Sacrilige you say? Perhaps not so much. As this Wall Street Journal piece on the phenomenon points out, wine and ale were often consumed all day long in Shakespeare's day, meaning the original staging of Much Ado About Nothing was probably in front of a crowd of drunk folks, too.
Demonic Chronic Film Festival Screenings at Texas Theatre (Free)
While everybody else was busy getting “13” tattoos a couple weeks back, teams of local filmmakers were getting high and making short films, the results of which will be screened tonight. Each film was entirely written and shot in 48 hours, and contains a similar character, location and line of dialogue, plus lots of very stoned actors. It's what they call high-class cinema.
Sylvan Esso at Good Records (Free)
On Tuesday night, buzzing electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso will play to a packed house at the Granada Theater. That one, unfortunately, has long been sold out. The pair will graciously perform a free set at the record store up the street tonight. Might we suggest ditching work a few minutes early to ensure you make it inside?
Jah Born at Three Links
Dallas-based producer Jah Born has been frequently referred to as a “sample surgeon” thanks to the mathematical prowess of his live sets. To Erykah Badu, though, he's simply “the god.” She'd be the one to know; Jah Born is not only a member of her Cannabinoids backing outfit, he produced “On and On,” the 1998 track that put Ms. Badu on the map. Tonight, he'll be joined by fellow Cannabinoid Big Texas, as well as virtuoso guitarist Eric McFadden, funky duo Skinny Cooks and singer-songwriter Alexa Dexa.
Ayron Jones & the Way at Dan's Silverleaf
Did you miss Ayron Jones & The Way shredding Hendrix covers on the main stage at 35 Denton last week? No worries, the Seattle natives are dropping back in for a post-SXSW encore on their way back to Seattle.
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.