Chill Out With Mellowhigh.
When Josh Sundquist lost his leg to cancer at age nine, he didn't let it get him down too much. In the years since, Sundquist has become a Paralympic ski racer, a best-selling author and a motivational speaker.
But, more recently, he's taken his making-lemonade-out-of-life's-lemons spirit to the next level by pretty much dominating the Halloween costume game on a yearly basis.
The guy's a bona fide Halloween hero is all we're saying.
So, though a fair amount of the work week still lies ahead, why don't you take a page out of Sundquist's book today by getting all dressed up, and, really, just making the most of things.
AT&T Patio Sessions wtih Centro-matic and Danny Rush at Sammons Park
Next week, Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson will follow in the footsteps of his Overseas bandmate David Bazan and embark on a tour of American living rooms. There will be no amps and no PA, the band's website boasts. Just Johnson and an acoustic guitar. This afternoon's offering should prove only slightly less intimate as Johnson and his multi-instrumentalist Centro-matic bandmate Scott Danbom will be performing stripped-back versions of the band's tunes. Daniel Rush Folmer opens. — Cory Graves
Atlas Genius at House of Blues
Since last November, these Aussie siblings have come through town a handful of times, opening for Wolf Gang at Trees, Imagine Dragons at House of Blues and even appearing on this spring's EdgeFest lineup at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. This time around, the alt-rockers find themselves headlining a big Dallas venue for the first time. Family of the Year and Little Comets open. — CG
@DadBoner at Sons of Hermann Hall
@DadBoner is the Twitter handle of Karl Welzein, a middle-aged, blue collar, vaguely depressing quote-unquote red-blooded American. Here's where it gets tricky, though: Welzein isn't real. He's a (now-deceased?) character created by the once-anonymous joke-hating comedian Mike Burns. Still confused? We don't blame you. We had to watch this VICE mini-doc more than once before it was all straight in our minds. Anyway, he'll be bringing his 140-character comedy to #DeepEllum tonight. — CG
Mellowhigh at Dada
Next week, on Halloween night to be exact, Odd Future's resident stoners — Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Left Brain, who've already released a few singles from their OFWGKTA offshoot project Mellowhigh — will finally be releasing their debut LP. Ahead of that release, the trio will kick off an East Coast tour tonight at Dada. We recommend looking into pre-sale tickets for this one, as there's a greater-than-zero chance that the club will hit capacity early on in the night. — CG
RAW Artists Dallas presents Encompass at Life in Deep Ellum
It's an international organization with operating in some 80 cities across the globe, but give the RAW:natural born artists some credit: Despite that massive scope, its organizers — with the help of its local eyes and ears, no doubts — do an impressive job of keeping their fingers on the pulses of the underground goings-on in each of those cities. This event represents just the latest in the organizations now monthly-scheduled offerings in town and is set to showcase the artistic endeavors of 40 Dallas artists, musicians, fashion designers and the like. Tickets to attend this one aren't cheap at $20 a head, but the return on investment is worthwhile, considering that two of the cities brightest musical talents, rap duo A.Dd+ and singer-songwriter Ashley Myrick (formerly lalagray), are among the scheduled performers. — Pete Freedman
PVC Street Gang at Sundown
The vegan-friendly Lower Greenville eatery — and the place where we've seen bands such as the Psychedelic Furs hangout after wrapping up their performances next door at the Granada — celebrates the one-year anniversary of its own seven-nights-a-week live music offerings with sets by the criminally under-appreciated Dallas post-punk trio PVC Street Gang. — CG
RTB2, Grooms and Diamond Age at Double Wide
By now, you should be long familiar with the locals on this bill: RTB2's straightforward, two-man approach to rock is as delightful to gawk at when performed lived as it is to hear on record, and Diamond Age's always-interesting electronic soundscapes are almost always accompanied by arresting visuals. So, right away, you've got some solid value on this bill. But don't sleep on the lone touring act here, Brooklyn's Grooms, whose initial early-'00s indie rock-aping stylings have now, three albums in, long given way to more swirling, dreamy and yearning brand of emotive alt-rock. A fine example of the band's alluring current direction? New single “I Think We're Along Now,” off the band's most recent Infinity Caller LP, which thankfully isn't a cover of the Tommy James and the Shondells hit later covered by '80s pop princess Tiffany. — PF
Aries Spears at Arlington Improv
Though Spears is best known for his television work as part of Showtime series The Underground and and for holding the title of MADtv's second-longest tenured cast member, the comedian is no stranger to the stand-up game. In fact, the 38-year-old Chicago native started receiving his first paying stand-up gigs when he was just 14. — CG
Improvised Horror Movies at Dallas Comedy House
Every Thursday in October, director Tabitha Muhn and her crew of improvisers will create a new, live horror movie onstage at the DCH. Despite the fact that each week's creation will be based on audience suggestion, Muhn expects to be able to work in plenty of slasher flick cliches from week to week. Seating is limited, and advanced tickets (which can be purchased here) are strongly recommended. — CG
That '60s Show at Kettle Art
This retrospective — just Kettle's second since relocating to its new digs on Main Street last month — covers everything from Vietnam to the Summer of Love. — CG
Punk-u-mentary: The Punk Syndrome at 1919 Hemphill
Tonight, Fort Worth's longest-running DIY venue kicks off a new monthly punk rock documentary series. The subject of this initial offering is Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, whose members are all handicapped. While we imagine that band's situation makes writing and recording slightly more difficult a task than it would be for your run-of-the-mill garage rock outfit, it also kind of makes the group's endeavor all the more rebellious. — CG
Margaret Cho at Majestic Theatre
Actress/comedienne/author/music video star/tattoo enthusiast/fashion commentator/LGBT advocate/burlesque performer Margaret Cho brings her latest stand-up tour to town tonight ahead of the release of her upcoming Mother! album, which is due out early next year. Just like Cho's varied professional career, her comedy style can best be described as well-rounded. — CG
Dallas Observer Comedy Pub Crawl in Deep Ellum
Unlike the handful of other comedy events around town tonight, this event is one that doesn't require you purchase tickets or a minimum amount of drinks — or even to hang around in the same venue all night, for that matter. Paul Varghese and friends will start the night out at the Green Room at 8 p.m. and then move things to Anvil Pub, Twilite Lounge and Three Links from there, performing short sets at each stop along the way. — CG
Dizzy Wright at Trees
Las Vegas stoner rapper Dizzy Wright rolls through town tonight on the heels of the release of his just-out The Golden Age mixtape. And though the 2013 XXL Freshman honoree's caught a lot of flack on the web for looking like Wiz Khalifa, there's also the fact that, well, he kind of sounds like him, too. Certainly, Wright's weed-obsessed lyrical nature isn't doing him any favors in that regard. Regardless, he's an up-and-comer with a growing fanbase, meaning he's right in the wheelhouse of ScoreMore Shows' always-ahead-of-the-curve booking model. So, rather naturally, yes: That Austin-based company is indeed the entity behind this show's promotion, much to no one's surprise. — PF
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