Latch Onto Sam Smith.
If you've been on the internet, like at all, in the past few days, then you've seen this video of two kangaroos boxing in a run-of-the-mill Australian neighborhood. If not, we'll wait.
Anyway, as hilarious and awesome as that clip is, it's just another reminder that Australians do things a bit differently. Coincidentally, some Aussies will be playing at the Granada tonight, if you're looking for something a bit different. Actually, there are performers from Finland, England and our own backyard playing in town tonight, too. Choose your poison. — Cory Graves
Boy & Bear at Granada Theater
Usually when you put a boy and a bear in the same room, really bad things will happen. But not here, not tonight. You won't see either of these two creatures — just a bunch of grown up Australian dudes playing good indie folk tunes. — Chase Whale
Sam Smith House of BluesSam Smith already has you around his finger. He's from Luhn-dun, which means he will swoon you just by talking in his native swanky British accent. But I'm sure he wants you to like his music, too. Fortunately, many of you already have, as the singer-songwriter's “Stay With Me” hit the top 10 in 12 countries last year. — CW
Sonata Arctica at Trees
If you based your opinion on Sonata Arctica solely on pictures of the band, you might think they were a mariachi band in makeup. But you'd be wrong. The band is actually a Finnish power metal band with prog tendencies. Deandrea and Delain open. — CW
Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center
Tonight kicks off the Dallas Stars' 2014-15 campaign, and it begins with a toughie. The 2013 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks have won in their last six trips to the AAC. The Stars' centerpieces Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are some of the brightest young stars in the game, sure, but goalie Kari Lehtonen is going to have to step up his game if the team wants to get its season started on the right foot — he's 0-4-2 in his last six home games against Chicago, with a 3.96 goals against average. — CG
AT&T Patio Sessions at Sammons Park (Free)
Come this Monday, standout The Voice contestant Luke Wade will begin representing Team Pharrell competing on the show's Battle Rounds. Catch him with his band No Civilians and Kirk Thurmond tonight in Dallas — for free, no less. — CG
The Electric Sons at So & So's
The Electric Sons label themselves as a “two-headed music machine out of Atlanta.” Cool by me. Simple and easy. The band is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Andrew Miller, who left his job as an animator for the FX series Archer to and keyboardist/vocalist who is using his advertising degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design to make some pretty decent electronic based alt-rock. Anyway, if you're curious just how good this “music machine” really is, you can check out its work over on Sound Cloud. — CW
The Two Character Play at Bath House Cultural Center
It doesn't take a genius to figure out how many players are in this play, but it does take some ingenuity to design an intriguing play with only two characters. This Tennessee Williams classic is about a brother and sister who are left behind by their crew and command your attention as they roll with the punches with their aptly-named, The Two Characters Play. — CW
Semi-Automatics, Eviscerators, Bullet Machine, Scandals at Double Wide
If you want punk, this is the show for you. Semi-Automatics, Evisceraters (Formerly LCB ), Bullet Machine and Scandals will do their best to assault your eyes and make the ears bleed at this one. It's still going to be a bit warm outside, but don't forget your metal jacket. Gotta look cool or it's not real punk. — CW
The Toasters at Three Links
If you were excited at the possibility of attending a kitchen appliance convention at Three Links tonight, you will be disappointed to learn that it is not actual toasters that will be there tonight, but long-running third wave ska act The Toasters. If, however, you are a huge fan of ska music, then get excited and check out this show, because there's gonna be a lot of it. The Attack, Sammy Kay & the Fast Four and Holophonics also perform. — Trace McCaslin
Cassie Holt & the Lost Souls at Vagabond (Free)
Cassie Holt is from Mesquite and is all rhythm and blues — two reasons to give her music a chance. Hey, Vagabond is even letting you in free, so there's your ticket to ride. — CW
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