Put Us In Your Top Eight.

While it sounds like certain death, skydiving without a parachute is actually a real thing that some thrill-seekers do just for fun.

Um, no thanks.

For those that prefer to get their kicks with feet planted firmly on earth, there's lots of that to go around, too. Seek below and ye shall find. — Cory Graves

Dance Gavin Dance at The Bomb Factory
Throughout its history prog-y, post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance has gone through a revolving door of members, especially from its dual vocalist positions. To that end, 2013's Acceptance Speech LP, the band's fifth, marked the debut of yet another vocalist. But fans have come to accept this kind of thing from the band over the years. In fact, his year's Instant Gratification effort marked the first time the band employed the same lead vocalist for consecutive releases, and this tour marks the band's tenth anniversary. Slaves, A Lot Like Birds, Dayshell and Strawberry Girls open. — CG

Top 8 Tuesday at The Prophet Bar
If only because of the haircuts, it's so incredibly easy to look back with laughter upon the Myspace Era of social media dominance. But, c'mon, that's an incredibly unfair bit of revisionist history. Let us not forget that, aside from being the first social medium to fully welcome the adoration of American youth, Myspace was also a phenomenal place for self-discovery, especially when it came to one's taste in music. That, I think, is what makes this new monthly party from the minds at Third String Productions (So What Music Festival, Unsilent Night) such a joy. The basic premise: On the first Tuesday of each month (this month being an early exception, but more on that later), Top 8 Tuesday gathers people under the roof of the Prophet Bar with no other motive beyond rocking out to the songs of that time — with, OK, the added loophole of the fact that everyone in the spot is now actually of drinking age. Also, I've been roped into DJing tomorrow's festivities. But, hey, so too have some actual draws: Once Dance Gavin Dance wraps up its performance over at the Bomb Factory from earlier in the night, I will be promptly kicked off the system and they'll man the music in my much less-worthy stead. — Pete Freedman

It's Just Banter Live Taping at Off the Record (Free)
If you're a listener of KTCK 1310-AM or 96.7-FM, you probably feel like you already know TC Fleming and Jake Kemp well. And if you're not a listener of The Ticket? Well, whatever. You're about to get real familiar with these two just the same through their CT-partnered podcast called It's Just Banter. Wanna hear past episodes? You can check out IJB's archives here and on our Soundcloud page. And once a month, your second favorite podcast heads out into the wild for a live taping at Deep Ellum bar Off the Record. Come out and, who knows, maybe you'll even make it on the air yourself. — PF

The Black Dahlia Murder at Trees
After fifteen years and a handful of albums, The Black Dahlia Murder's brand of melodic death metal has finally made the band a staple in the metal community. Its latest record is Abysmal, but that's just in name only. Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos and ARTIFICIAL BRAIN open. — CG

A Special Lecture by Sally Mann + Book-signing at The Modern
Wolrd renknown photographer Sally Mann recently released a new memoir, Hold Still, which she'll read selections from starting promptly at 7 p.m. Head's up, if you want to make the most of your trip stroll through the museum's galleries, get there early, as they close just before the lecture — as does the cafĂ©, for that matter. — CG

In Cold Blood at The Magnolia
Before becoming a murderer in real life, Robert Blake only played one on the screen, notably in the 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, making it the perfect fit for Magnolia's weekly Big Movie series, which highlights the best of the best. — CG

Elf: The Musical at the Music Hall at Fair Park
Did you hear that? They made a Broadway musical based on Will Ferrell's instant classic Christmas flick. Newman from Seinfeld even played Santa in the original production. We hear it's even better than a plate of syrup-topped spaghetti. — CG

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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