Eight Isn't Enough.
It's been eight years since the Chicago-based band OK Go rejuvenated its career with the wildly viral video for its song “Here It Goes Again” that saw the band performing a cleverly-choreographed dance routine on a series of treadmills. In the years since, the band has become known more for its tedious, low-budget music videos than for its actual songs, each one more elaborate than the last.
Somehow, though, whether its members are using a pack of trained dogs, a marching band or a larger-than-life Rube Goldberg machine, they always manage to somehow top themselves.
And just when we thought they'd run out of ideas they hit us with a new, forced perspective clip for its new single, “The Writing's On the Wall” and blew our minds anew.
Check it out:
With OK Go as your inspiration, how will you top last night's exploits? — Cory Graves
Night of the Proms at Verizon Theatre
The news that the king of blue-eyed soul, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins are planning on keeping the fire alive for a handful of dates is reason enough for excitement. The fact that said tour has a North Texas stop and also features Daft Punk collaborator and Chic member Nile Rodgers — as well as The Pointer Sisters — is even more so. The fact that each of these acts will also be backed by the Beglian orchestra Il Novecento and a 24-voice choir, though? That's surely the biggest indicator that this one won't be your average dad rock nostalgia trip/cash grab. — CG
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: The Octopus Project at The Prophet Bar
This month's edition of the Red Bull-sponsored live music series is curated by our friends at Spune, who are bringing in experimental indie-tronica Austin band The Octopus Project, Nashville's Future Unlimited and Analog Rebellion for a gig at the Prophet Bar. If you've attended any of these events in the past, you know that, be it an all-local lineup or something a bit more groundbreaking, they tend to offer up a bit more merriment than most run-of-the-mill mid-week shows. Also like those past offerings, this one will be a lot cheaper if you RSVP here before showing up tonight. — CG
Future at South Side Music Hall
Dread-headed, Auto-Tune-exploiting rapper Future seems to have two polar opposite sides to his personality. He can be found boasting upon all of his drug money, his materialistic possessions and his lavish lifestyle or he can be heard praising his “trophy wife,” fiance Ciara, and making promises mid-song of loyalty and compassion. So what side of Future will Dallas see tonight? The new-age Tony Montana or the “Thug Passion” of Tupac? There's only one way to find out. — Chrissi Chetwood
Tweak Bird at Three Links
From the inception of their hard-edged stoner rock project Tweak Bird seven years ago, brothers Caleb and Ashton Bird have worked hard to dispel the stereotypes that heavy-ass music has to come from a place of anger or aggression. Sure, these dudes make loud, psych-influenced music. But they're also pretty damn happy about it — albeit not in an in-your-face Andrew W.K. way or anything. The Phuss and Drug Animal open. — CG
Paula Cole at Kessler Theater
To most folks, Paula Cole will forever be connected to Dawson's Creek. For six seasons, Cole's “I Don't Want to Wait” served as that series' opening theme. And, to be fair, it's almost impossible to think of one without the other coming to mind. Would it change your preexisting opinions at all, though, to learn that the B-side to “I Don't Want to Wait” was a little ditty called “Hitler's Brothers”? — CG
Jimmy Buffett at Coyote Drive-In
There's no better place for Jimmy Buffett to play than a drive-in. It fits with the atmosphere of his music and just shows that, after decades of playing, the man is just as cool as he was when he first started. But — there's always a but, right? — you'll need to reach deep into your wallet if you want to attend this one. Tickets to the sold-out affair are going anywhere for $220.50 to upwards of $700 on StubHub. — Chase Whale
Dizzy Wright at Trees
Come to Trees to check out a young rapper with more on his mind than money and marijuana. Maybe that's because he got his start at such a young age: Dizzy first started performing when he was just eight years old, and he's been consistently grinding ever since. —CC
Dallas Indie Festival at Bath House Cultural Center
The Dallas Indie Festival promises everything you need to see at an indie festival — indie music, indie movies, indie art, indie food trucks and Indie-ana Jones. (Just kidding about that last one, obviously). To get into all four days of pure indie fun, which kick off tonight, you can get a pass starting at a very indie price of just $10. — CW
Oak Cliff Film Festival
Though it's only got two years under its belt, the Oak Cliff Film Festival is quickly becoming the Dallas-Fort Worth film event to attend. Why? Because the boys and girls behind the festival are just as passionate about film as you are. And, this year, film lovers will not only get to an early look at great new films from all over the U.S., but they'll also be treated to special 35mm screenings of kick-ass repertory cinema. (Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads' documentary Stop Making Sense and Dog Day Afternoon, Peeping Tom are three among the bunch that we're most highly anticipating). — CW
Unknown Hinson at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
It's hard to get to know somebody like Stuart Daniel Baker. Despite being one of North Carolina's most respected studio guitarists and touring with acts such as Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters, Baker almost always appears in public as his alter ego Unknown Hinson. And, much like Andy Kaufman's Tony Clifton alter ego, Hinson never breaks character in public. The Hinson character — a sort of amalgamation of '50s country western troubadours with tinges of B-movie camp and elements of vampirism thrown in for comedic purposes — first came to prominence as part of a mid-'90s cable access television show. Since then, the hillbilly vampire with an affinity for party liquor and chasing fine “womerns” has been splitting time releasing albums, touring the country with his comedy-laced throwback western act and providing the voice of Early Cuyler, the main character from Adult Swim's Squidbillies cartoon show. Check out our interview with Hinson from the last time he was in town right here. — CG
Dallas Fashion and Art Show: Man as Machine at Three Three Three First Avenue
The journey through space and time is being portrayed in the form of fashion with local designers and even global perspective at this one. The idea of the fashion show is to portray man's relationship with the internet, and the difference between organisms in the world. It's a peculiar concept, but nonetheless it should be an interesting one. — Ashley Gongora
Pinkish Black, Cutter, Terminator 2 at Dada
Tonight, Fort Worth's Pinkish Black, Dallas' Cutter and Denton's Terminator 2 will bring mischief, metal and mayhem to Dada. Interestingly enough, two of these three heavy outfits don't even feature guitarists. If you're sensitive, bring earplugs. Ears will bleed. — CW
The World's End at Alamo Drafthouse
Tonight, the Drafthouse is screening the delicious final act in the loosely connected Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, The World's End. Join Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan as they re-attempt — or die trying — to finish the infamous pub crawl in their home town before succumbing to a race of invading aliens. — CW
Brew and View at 1900 Hi Line Drive
In addition to the usual pop-up shops and beer garden, this month's Design District Market will also feature a screening of Marlon Brando's The Wild One. You'll find the action this evening off Hi Line Drive between Turtle Creek & The Trinity Strand Trail. Just make sure to BYOB: Bring your own blanket. — CG
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