Come Out Hard.
In a recent interview with a Los Angeles radio station Justin Bieber claimed that he would be retiring from music following the release of his new album next week.
Although the Biebs was probably just being a tease, we promise we won't blame you for holding out hope to the contrary. In fact, we'd probably be inclined to join you if you decided to go out tonight and celebrate the news.
To that end, here's a few places we might pop up tonight.
8Ball and MJG at Carnaval
Memphis rappers 8Ball and MJG are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album Comin' Out Hard, a record that both put southern hip-hop on the map and paved the way for acts like Three 6 Mafia, who followed their lead. — Cory Graves
Fresh 45s at The Crown & Harp
For the most part, everything you need to know about this monthly, all-vinyl DJ bash on Lower Greenville can be found in Brian Knowles' recap of last month's decidedly grand affair. Still, here's some more information: This month's touring guest is the Seattle-based Supreme La Rock, who counts the title as the official DJ of the Seattle Seahawks among his many accomplishments; he'll be joined by this party's rather unfuckwitable regular trio of spin doctors, DJ Spinderella, JT Donaldson and DJ Jay Clipp; and cover is five bucks. — Pete Freedman
Amanda Shires at Dan's Silverleaf
If you asked me what I imagined musicians from Lubbock sounded like, I'd point straight in the direction of Amanda Shires (or perhaps I'd gesture, as pointing is rude). She's an interesting, upbeat Americana artist who is highly regarded for her exquisite command of the fiddle. — Chelsea Upton
When Dallas Rocked at Kessler Theater
In his new documentary — which will receive a pair of special encore screenings this weekend — former Buddy magazine editor Kirby Warnock makes a case that, in the '70s, Dallas was considered the music hub of the entire southwest. Check out the trailer, which immediately comes out of the gate questioning Austin's self-proclaimed status as “the live music capitol of the world,” right here. — CG
Kopecky Family Band at The Live Oak
Not long ago, the New York Times wrote, “If you like Fleetwood Mac, try the Kopecky Family Band,” which is either a huge compliment or total diss depending on where you stand on Fleetwood. Anyway, the Nashville act does seem to have caught on with North Texas audiences over the course of its half-dozen or so performances in our region this year. This particular Fort Worth-set performance comes after the band spent the week recording some new music in that city with producer Britt Robisheaux. — CG
Gabriel Iglesias at Addison Improv (Sold Out)
The morbidly obese stand-up has been called a comic genius by a number of critics who are, no doubt, impressed with his wide array of material — which includes jokes about his weight, jokes about food, jokes about his propensity for wearing Hawaiian shirts, and his overuse the term “fluffy.” — CG
VIBE at Beauty Bar
DJ Colly T's regular, free Thursday night series at Beauty Bar takes a charitable turn this week, asking that attendees bring to the affair socks that will later be donated to area homeless shelters. The person who donates the most socks will win a $20 bar tab, as will the person who brings the “most original party socks.” OK, so maybe it's not just a charity-focused event. DJ Genova is this week's guest. — PF
Robert Earl Keen at House of Blues
Lifelong Texan and acclaimed country music guitarist Robert Earl Keen will be at the House of Blues tonight, returning after what we assume was yet another one of his extensive tours. And just in time, too, as this is his “Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee” Christmas show. — CU
Charlie Shafter at Sundown
The gritty brand of Americana offered up by Denton's Charlie Shafter would make a fitting late-night show and/or after-party for the Robert Earl Keen shindig happening across town. — CG
Faster Pussycat at Trees
Glam metal outfit Faster Pussycat had a few hits in the '80s, none of which were called “Know When To Quit.” — PF
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.