Good news! Google has decided to extend the deadline on its contest to see who will be the first person able to design a robot capable of landing on the moon. You've now got until 2017 to land the $20 million grand prize.
Meaning? You've got plenty of time to put off that robot-building until tomorrow. Like, how long could that possibly take, really? Besides, some of this stuff sounds way more exciting than tinkering alone in your garage.
Billy Idol at House of Blues
It's a nice day for a Billy Idol showing, wouldn't you say? Before rocking Austin City Limits again this weekend, the Generation X rocker will make the Dallas crowd cry, “More! More! More!' Or, that's the hope, anyway. Billy Idol gets it. Fellow ACL spillover act, The London Souls, opens.
Halsey at South Side Music Hall
In the past year, with the help of producers that have worked with Lana Del Rey and Sia, Ashley Frangipane has transformed her acoustic, Ed Sheeran-esque output into a buzzing batch of electronic pop songs. Even before releasing Badlands at the end of August, her debut LP under the Halsey moniker, the songs on her Soundcloud page racked up several hundred thousand plays on their own. —
Red at The Bomb Factory
Seven-time GMA Dove Awards winners (think the Christian version of the Grammys) Red brings its nearly un-Googleable alt-rock to The Bomb Factory. They're kind of a big deal — in certain circles, anyway. Wolves at the Gate, Tedashii and Capital Kings open.
Voodoo Glow Skulls at Three Links
Latin-leaning ska outfit Voodoo Glow Skulls brings the sound of the California streets to Dallas this evening. It's a sound the band's long honed during its two-plus decades together. Before that band takes the stage, San Antonio Tejano punks Pinata Protest, earth-based Rocket Rollers, The Phenomenauts and Japanese rock trio The China Wife Motors open.
The Warden's Album Listening Party at Lakewood Landing
About a year or so ago, Ward Richmond got an itch to put his old band back together. Following the birth of his daughter, he experienced a flood of creative energy and soon had an album's worth of songs that he thought would surely become the next Boys Named Sue record. Alas, it wasn't to be. While the rest of the band was on board with the idea, ultimately John “Sue A” Pedigo's schedule was too busy with his other band — The O's — to carve out enough time to make it work. Rather than let the project die, though, Richmond pressed on under the new name of The Warden, recording the songs himself with the help of The Von Ehrics frontman Robert Jason Vandygriff, who produced the collection. Ever since we premiered the horn-filled little ode to East Dallas, “Our Town” a while back, that sucker's pretty much been on repeat. Tonight Richmond will hold a release party at East Dallas upscale dive, the Lakewood Landing, where you can hear the rest of the album, drink a few free beers. If they ask you to specify, just say, “Miller Lites and shots and fights.” Bonus pro tip: order The Pedigo (read: a cheeseburger with a nacho on it) while you're there. You won't regret it.
Mia Farrow at UTA
She survived a childhood bout with Polio, starred in Rosemary's Baby, married and divorced both Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen, and worked extensively with UNICEF performing humanitarian activities in Africa. Yeah, Mia Farrow's lived quite the full life, which she'll talk about as the latest in UTA's Maverick Speakers series.
Ghostbusters Party at Alamo Drafthouse
Danny Aykroyd, Billy Murray and the rest of the all-male Ghostbusters cast return to the big screen for this weeknight party.
Dustin Ybarra at Hyena's Plano (Free)
For its second season, Gotham added Dustin Ybarra to its cast as an Arkham Asylum resident with a taste for human flesh. When not playing a cannibal on TV, Ybarra gets his kick telling jokes. He'll be in town two nights, but only tonight's night's show is free.
Behind the Screen Comedy at Texas Theatre
Following a screening of Finders Keepers, an absurd film our own Kip Mooney calls his favorite documentary about a severed human foot, a bunch of comedians — Paul Varghese, Lauren Davis, Byron Stamps, Larry Campbell and Tyler Simpson — will tell jokes behind the screen.
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors at Rockin' Rodeo
Just a couple nights removed from playing ACL, Drew Holcomb and his East Nashville-based backing band The Neighbors brings its Petty-flavored brand of American rock to Dallas. Penny and Sparrow opens.
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