Thank The Based God.
According to Urban Dictionary, the term “#based” refers to the act of being one's self regardless of what anyone else may think. Its origins, of course, date back to the emergence of #based rapper Lil B, who first emerged in 2007 with his Based Boys LP.
Hey, just because Lil B is somewhat gimmicky — in 2010, he created 155 separate MySpace pages to host the 1,500 songs he'd recorded up to that point — doesn't mean there isn't some sort of higher philosophy at play.
Whether you choose to join us at Prophet Bar tonight for Lil B's first ever Dallas performance or to attend any of tonight's other intriguing options, try to remember that.
Live life to the fullest. Dance like no one's watching..
Planet of the Apes 35mm Print at Texas Theatre
Always wanted a valid excuse to yell, “Take your stinking paw off me, you damn dirty ape!” to the guy using your armrest at the movies? Well, tonight you can! Catch a 35mm print of the original version of this sci-fi classic tonight. Just don't spoil the twist ending for any of the n00bs you happen to run across. — Jessica Petrocchi
Chris Porter at Hyena's
Comedian Chris Porter, best known for being a finalist on season four of Last Comic Standing, turns up for a weekend's worth of sets at Mockingbird Station's Hyena's. He's from Olathe, Kansas, which incidentally is one of the primary settings for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Why does that matter, you ask? Because Porter frequently likes to drop his particular brand of “Midwest wisdom” on his audience. Trust us: It's funnier than it sounds. Anyway, go check it out. You might learn a thing or two. — Stephen Young
Ralphie May at Addison Improv
On the heels of his Too Big To Ignore comedy special — his fourth for Comedy Central — plus-sized comedian Ralphie May will serve up all the laughs you can handle this weekend. He's a big dude, sure, but he's never let that hold him back. Expect many jokes about food. — JP
Overseas, Monahans at Dan's Silverleaf
Overseas — the locally-centric supergroup built around Will Johnson of Centro-matic, David Bazan and Bedhead's Kadane brothers — hits Dan's following the June release of its self-titled debut album. The collaboration between these longtime friends, and the interplay of Johnson and Bazan's alternating vocals especially, is at once intriguing and a tad jarring. On the whole, though, it's a combination that doesn't disappoint. Expect the band and the packed house alike to enjoy themselves quite a bit tonight. —SY
Chimaira at Trees
Longstanding Cleveland metalcore act Chimaira's sound pretty much embodies the spirit of generic contemporary American metal. Which, hey, is what it is. More interesting, perhaps, is the definition of a chimaira. According to Greek mythology, a chimaira is a monstrous creature that's part lion, part snake and part goat. The creature figures prominently into the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, too. — SY
Goodnight Ned at Dada
Local roots-rockers Goodnight Ned hit Dada ahead of their second album, which is due sometime this fall. Their as-yet-untitled album is co-produced by Somebody's Darling guitarist Dave Ponder and Jack Kerowax's drummer Nathan Adamson at Adamson's Ferralog Studios. Speaking of the Jack Kerowax: They, along with Austin's Southbind Drive, open tonight's show. — SY
Lil B at Prophet Bar
Yes! It's finally they day! Read more about the show here. Then head over to Lil B's Twitter account for some under-140-character inspiration ahead of tonight's show — gems such as “Congrats for being alive and helping others on earth i love you,” “FORGET THE VIOLENCE, ITS ONLY FOR THE MISGUIDED” and “If you love LIL B give someone a hug today, and DM ME WHO YOU HUGGED (DON'T LIE)”. — Zoe Mattioli
Speedy Ortiz at J&J's Pizza on the Square
Speedy Ortiz is bit of a thing in the indieverse right now. Their debut album, Major Arcana, has received raves from the A.V. Club and Pitchfork, the latter of which bestowed upon the band their coveted “Best New Music” designation. Their fuzzy guitar work has invited comparisons to the likes of Pavement and Sonic Youth, too, so it's no coincidence that the band's hitting the road in support of Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving project later this year. That being said, this is probably your last best chance to see them in a venue anywhere close to as intimate than J&J's. Openers include Phoenix's Dogbreath, Tuscon's Diners, Kansas City's Burrows and Denton's own Cat People. — SY
Zorch, B L A C K I E and Bludded Head at Good Records
This is one of the rare shows where none of the three bands on the bill have anything in common with the others. For starters, there's Zorch, the Austin-based electronic outfit whose music borders on happy hardcore. Also? This one time when I saw Zorch, they organized a dodgeball game in the middle of their set. Then there's B L A C K I E, the Houston-based rapper whose beats sound like even-more-distorted Sleigh Bells samples. Lastly, there's Denton-based drone-metal outfit Bludded Head, a band managed by member Nevada Hill's pre-tween daughter. Basically, you're gonna feel like you got your money's worth at this one. And then some, actually, as this sucker's free. — Pete Freedman