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Shit just keeps getting realer and realer up in Ferguson, Missouri, these days: Last night — for the fifth straight night — protests ensued in the St. Louis suburb as citizens took to the street to voice concerns over their police department and, rather specifically, that department's recent shooting of 18-year-old resident Michael Brown and the fact that Brown's death may have been racially motivated.
Where the ante got upped last night again came on the part of the police, who have now taken to launching tear gas at protesters and journalists alike, while even going so far as to detain the embedded journalists who are simply trying to cover the goings-on.
The above, of course, is but the tip of the iceberg with this story. Far less convoluted is our list of events going on around Dallas tonight, which you can find below, per usual. Before you do, however, maybe you should take some time to research the Ferguson situation on your own. And, like, research it for real, I mean: Don't just take your Facebook pals' word as gospel. We tend to avoid a lot of hard-hitting, if-it-bleeds-it-leads news here at Central Track, but it's not because we don't understand its importance. It's because we trust that our readers are savvy enough to seek out proper, better-armed channels for coverage on these matters.
So please do. And stay informed. Truthfully, that's way cooler than attending the below events. — Pete Freedman
Under The Influence Of Music Tour at Gexa Energy Pavilion
For the third summer in a row, Wiz Khalifa's “Under The Influence of Music Tour” will make a stop in Dallas. It will feature performances from DJ Drama, IAMSU!, Mack Wilds, Rich Homie Quan, Sage The Gemini, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Young Jeezy and Khalifa himself. As one might assume given the names above, it's pretty much guaranteed to be one smoked-out, doped-out concert. If that sounds up your alley, then you won't want to miss it. So maybe hold off on that next joint for a few hours so you don't lose track of time, OK? — Chrissi Chetwood
Denton Does Waylon Jennings at Dan's Silverleaf
Tonight only, Denton “supergroup” Raised Right Men will eschew the bulk of the old-school honky-tonk tunes it generally performs in order to focus solely upon the Godfather of the Outlaw Movement, Waylon Jennings. Sitting in with the band tonight and helping it tackle Jennings' catalog will be Rodney Parker, Judd Pemberton, Isaac Hoskins, Will Kapinos, Chris Welch, Ryan Thomas Becker, Daniel Folmer, Melissa Ratley, Chris Garver, Kerry Davis, George Neal and Kody Jackson. — Cory Graves
Good Luck Karaoke: Autotune Edition at Twilite Lounge
Good Luck Karaoke's weekly, themed/costumed affairs are always uniquely fun times, but, every so often, the organizers elevate their game even further by incorporating the use of professional autotune. Tonight, it so happens, is one of those times. Just make sure to have more than T-Pain songs and/or Cher's “Believe” at the ready, because you know those will get swiped quick. — CG
Denitia & Sene at So & So's
Brooklyn R&B group Denitia & Sene will be bringing down the house tonight at So & So's. This fabulous duo takes the genre to the next, sexiest , hippest level sonically and dresses up like they're stuck in the '90s because that's what's appropriate these days. Hey, it's cool by me. Here's hoping we see parachute pants tonight. — Chase Whale
The Digital Wild, BLXPLTN, Tidals at The Grotto
Tonight at tiny Funky Town watering hole The Grotto, you can catch Austin outfits The Digital Wild and BLXPLTN, the latter of which sounds like a heavier and faster-paced Sleigh Bells. Fort Worth’s Tidals opens. Expect a high-energy, very dope show. — CC
Set It Off, Our Last Night at Tomcats West
With three EPs under their belt and one LP currently released, the young Set It Off is on a fast-track to releasing its second full-length album, Duality, in October. Hey, scene bands don't mess around! — CW
LA Confidential: The Little Black Dress Edition at Altitude Lounge
Recently, the space on the 33rd floor of the W Hotel that was once occupied by Ghostbar reopened under the Altitude Lounge name. Tonight, Mack Wilds — aka Michael from The Wire — will host a party at the space that'll feature L.A.-based DJ Dre Sinatra and Dallas' own DJ ASAP. Show up before 10:30 p.m. to avoid paying cover. No matter what time you get there, though, just be sure you're sporting the suggested attire of black dresses or black blazers. — CG
Die Hard at Alamo Drafthouse
Yippee ki-yay, movie lover! The Drafthouse is showing the greatest Christmas movie of all time: Sure all the snow and Christmas tunes might be out of season, but watching Bruce motherfucking Willis taking down a large group of baddies at the Nakatomi Tower without shoes on does the trick any time of the year. — CW
Sons of Hippies, Catamaran, Criminal Birds, Jarad Harville and Kaity Floyd at The Prophet Bar
For a night of insane neo-psych and space-rock, check out Tampa trio Sons of Hippies at The Prophet Bar tonight. Criminal Birds, Jarad Harville, Kaity Floyd and Dallas' own Catamaran will be there, too. That's five bands, which is one more than four! — Ashley Gongora
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.