Shut Up And Let Me Go.
Earlier this week, Waka Flocka Flame announced he was running for president.
Unfortunately, he's not really going to be doing it. Even if the movie Idiocracy does make it pretty clear that a rapper will probably serve as our country's Commander in Chief at some point in the near future, it most certainly won't be Waka Flocka. Not in this election cycle, anyway.
We hate to be the ones to break it to everyone, but Waka's only 28 and the U.S. Constitution very clearly states that one must be at least 35 to be the President or Vice President. Hell, you have to be 30 just to be a Senator. House members, on the other hand, only have to be 25, making that a more realistic goal, perhaps.
With a couple of election cycles before Waka's finally old enough to actually throw his backwards ball cap in the presidential ring, what's say we forget about it for the time being and focus on more pressing matters? A more urgent concern should be what you're going to do this evening. — Cory Graves
Holiday Mountain at Three Links
For the third straight month, Austin's reggae-influenced electro-pop outfit Holiday Mountain performs in Dallas. This one's a little different for a couple of reasons, though. For one, the group headlines this time around. Tonight's show also marks the Dallas release of its debut EP, You Be You, Pt. I. You can grab an early taste of that one here. Sudie and Rat Rios open. — CG
The Ting Tings at Granada Theater
Remember British duo The Ting Tings? There a plenty of people in Dallas that still do, we reckon, if only from that busy weekend in 2012 when the band played a Good Records gig for Record Store Day, a sold-out show at the Granada and an opening slot at Edgefest. Now, three more years removed from 2008's impossibly fun We Started Nothing, it'll be interesting to see if the duo are met with that same level of enthusiasm. Kane Holler opens. — CG
Bang Tango at Trees
Underrated though they may be, Bang Tango is one of those '80s outfits that few people are still aware of. The band's lead singer and a bunch of other dudes he's assembled are currently celebrating 26 years on the road. Blackout, Ruff Justice and Legacy open. — CG
Sense and Sensibility at Kalita Humphreys Theatre
Based on the novel by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, is back, but this time not on paper or the big screen. Directed by Sarah Rasmussen, this play of the same name has been adapted for stage by Kate Hamill. There's no rush if you can't make it out to catch the romantic exploits of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, as it'll be around for a whole month. Tonight's the only time you can take advantage of the sweet, pay-what-you-can admission, though. — Lauren Rushing
AT&T Patio Sessions at Sammons Park (Free)
Considering all the April showers we've been getting of late, this May's flowers should be pretty out of control. Barring even more rain, tonight's free, outdoor concert will feature badass locals The Cush and Daniel Markham. If it does look like a sprinkling is coming, though, you might want to check here to see if the thing's still on before heading out. — CG
The Last Dragon at Alamo Drafthouse
The Last Dragon is a classic '80s kung-fu movie filled with plenty of ridiculousness to enjoy. To give you an idea, the antagonist of this film is named “Sho'Nuff.” The main character, on the other hand, has a relatively normal name in the movie: Leroy Green. In real life, however, the actor goes by Taimak, and he'll be at the Drafthouse's screening of the movie this Thursday for a special Q&A. — Carly Seitz
Jub Jam 2015 at Kessler Theater
While mostly known for their funny impersonations and patented “hot sports opinions,” the hosts of 1310 KTCK-AM The Ticket's Dunham and Miller morning show will be showing off their musical talents tonight. George “Jub Jub” Dunham mostly handles the reins here, leading the way on a concert and silent auction to benefit The Senior Source. His own country outfit The Bird Dogs will be perform, too, alongside The Gordon Keith Band, Steve Helms, Michael Padgett and Bobby Duncan. — Jessica Petrocchi
Three Days Grace at The Bomb Factory
In 2003, Three Days Grace made its name heard with the hot single “I Hate Everything About You.” Twelve years later, the band still tours while bashing punk chords and performing the energetic live shows. Haven't got your tickets yet? Don't worry, it's “never too late.” P.O.D., Aranda and NeVeRsET open. — LR
Hayes Carll at Rockin' Rodeo
No, he hasn't released any new music since 2011's stellar KMAG YOYO, but, c'mon, Hayes Carll is just the best. A hyperliterate lyricist in the vein of Rhett Miller and a vocalist crooner indebted to Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carll's music is pure Texan — and in the best way possible. It swings and it swaggers, it rollicks and it bites. And, in live settings, his charms are only multiplied. He's a treasure. Kaleo opens. — Pete Freedman
Phox at The Loft
Last summer, Wisconsin seven-piece indie folk outfit Phox released its eponymous debut LP. All these months later, and the band's blend of worldbeat, dream-pop leanings, Midwestern roots, knowhow from its members' Berkeley education and seemingly surface-level coffeeshop folk have confused most reviewers who can't seem to decide if these guys are more Vampire Weekend or The Lumineers. Daniel and the Lion and Kaela Sinclair open. — CG
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer at Texas Theatre
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is based on the real-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. The movie was shot on 16mm film, because it was a low-budget movie made with only $110,000 and in a month's time. However, The Texas Theatre claims that it will screen the film in 35mm format, which we suppose may be why the theatre calls it a “special rare” screening. Also interesting: The movie, though filmed in 1985 and intended for release in 1986, was not officially released until 1990. — CS
Swipe Right Night at Red Light Lounge
Online dating isn't weird anymore. There's a good chance you've used Tinder before, or at least know people who have. And you've probably heard someone say, “This is the future of dating,” before. But surely it still felt weird to picture yourself single, in a public place, with people you'd like to flirt with, but whom you don't talk to until you get the go ahead from a Tinder “It's a Match!” screen, right? Well, that's just what people are doing with “swipe right nights,” probably the most famous of which was hosted by the Atlanta Hawks. Maybe it is better to just completely avoid any awkwardness or unintended harassment and get consent to talk to someone ahead of time? Guess you'll have to head out to the Red Light Lounge this Thursday, when it puts on a swipe right night and decide for yourself. Even if you don't match with anyone, you can still enjoy the music from several resident DJs, as the event is a dance party as well. — CS
Cyrus Cassels at The Wild Detectives (Free)
Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Well, if you didn't, now you do, in case you ever need a reason to be exceptionally apathetic or something (to any poets reading this, we only kid — no need to slam us in your next poem). Anyway, moving on, in celebration of the month, Pandora's Box, in addition to its regular monthly poetry showcase, will host an event this Thursday at The Wild Detectives with award-winning poet Cyrus Cassells, who has written five books to date. He may be from Deleware, but he currently lives in Austin and teaches at Texas State in San Marcos, so he's one of us now and definitely worthy of your book club (or just your presence at The Wild Detectives when he's there). — CS
From Indian Lakes at Dada
Even though he grew up near Yosemite National Park without luxuries like electricity, Joey Vannucchi still wound up fronting a very-much-electric alt rock act. Because they still have emo kids even in small mountain communities. The Soil & the Sun, Lemolo open. — CG
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