We're Going Back In Time.
Thursdays are, historically, a pretty happening night around these parts.
So it stands to reason: You'll probably be hitting the town at some point this evening. And, lucky you, there is a lot going on tonight.
But while the 60-degree, mostly sunny forecast for today might make the prospect of hanging on a patio with your pet this evening seem like an enjoyable enough idea, allow us to advise you against it.
Why? Well, if you give in to the urge to let your pets tag along with you tonight, it's plausible that they'll end up ratting you out to the authorities if you do something wrong.
Sound ludicrous? Tell that to this Mexico City man, whose parrot squealed to the cops that his owner had been drinking.
So much for being man's best friend. Maybe just grab some cold ones with your human friends tonight.
Tennis at Dada
After graduating from college a few years ago, the husband-and-wife indie-pop duo Tennis spent seven months in a boat sailing up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Their first release after settling back down was a breezy beach-pop full-length that capitalized heavily on the lo-fi elements that helped them sound both retro and extremely current all at once. Despite enlisting Black Keys' Patrick Carney to help with the follow-up record, the duo still sounds as beachy as ever. Poor Moon opens. — Cory Graves
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages at Three Links
It's been written that '80s outfit Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are to the soul genre what the Cramps are to rockabilly. How so? Well, they offer up a skuzzy, fast-paced musical gateway into a musical realm previously not all that familiar to its audience. Last year, after a decade-long hiatus, the band released a raucous debut effort for Bloodshot Records. And, in turn, Barrence and the boys will perform their seedy soul cuts in Dallas for the first time in many a year at this one. Missile and The Aquaholics open. — CG
On the Eve at Theatre 3
The Home by Hovercraft-penned musical centering around Marie Antoinette and a time-traveling hot air balloon, which the local outfit managed to successfully stage as a workshop production last year, will make its professional premiere tonight at Theatre 3. The upgraded version of the show will run through February 9. If it's anything like last year's offering, expect a head-spinning, great time. — CG
Whey Jennings & The Unwanted at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Why in the music biz does progeny tend to equal instant credibility? For instance: Why was it that having Jason Bonham fill in for his dad John made Zeppelin's reunification seem somehow more whole? For that matter: Why does anyone still give a crap about Dweezil Zappa these days? Or, by that logic, when one of Waylon Jennings' grandkids puts together a country band, does that make them instantly better than any other outfit around? Find out the answer to that last query tonight, I suppose. — CG
Ray Benson at Bass Performance Hall
In the span of their 40-year-long career, the Ray Benson-led Asleep at the Wheel has recorded 20-plus studio albums, charted more than 20 singles and earned themselves nine Grammys. And they remain the major driving force that's keeping alive the style of Texas swing that was originated by Bob Wills in the '30s. Tonight, Benson will hold a release show for his latest solo effort at Bass Performance Hall's intimate McDavid Studio space. Austin bluegrass and jazz hybrid Milkdrive opens. — CG
Johnny Beauford and The Birds of Night at Good Records
Two days before his official album release show at Three Links, Johny Beauford — he of Bravo, Max! and Jack Kerowax local semi-celebrity — will make his second solo effort available for purchase at Good Records tonight. Joining Beauford tonight with a performance from the Lower Greenville shop's Astro Turf stage will be The Birds of Night, who, it turns out, will also be joining Beauford at the Three Links gig. — CG
Savoy at House of Blues
Throw out everything you thought you knew about not shining lasers in anyone's eyes. The lasers being used as part of Savoy's current “GET LAZER'D” tour are the only 250-watt puppies in the world that are government-approved for shooting people in the face. Good to know. Also, there will be music and stuff. — CG
Fungi Girls, Shmu, Cleanup and Def Rain at The Grotto
Shmu — otherwise known as the singing and drumming half of frenetic Austin duo Zorch — is currently on a three-day swing through North Texas in support of his solo EP Chroma Key, which can be streamed in full here. Day Two of the jaunt finds Shmu performing on a bill featuring some of the same bands he played with last night at Denton's Macaroni Island house venue — and that will appear on tomorrow night's bill at Dada. Though Shmu does tend to sample Zorch from time to time, the spacey, shoegaze bent of his solo output isn't necessarily all that similar to his other band at all. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.