Failure Is An Option.
Nicolas Cage is known for not giving many shits about what you think about him. Really: He'll star in an acclaimed indie movie directed by Spike Jonze or a reboot of that Jesus movie starring Kirk Cameron nobody saw. He doesn't care.
This time, though, he's topped even himself.
He was recently spotted backstage at recent Guns N' Roses show, palling around with a very inflated Andrew Dice Clay and wearing — you got it — a Nic Cage tee-shirt.
Hey, if you're gonna hit the town, might as well do so with flair, right? Keep that in mind as you scope below's options for this evening. —Chase Whale
De/Vision at Three Links
German quartet De/Vision sounds like the illegitimate love child of your common classic alternative rock band and a young English electronic pop group. The band has been around long enough to perfect and trademark its oddly unique sound — so much so, in fact, that this tour celebrates 25 long years in the biz. Locals Nite will open. — Chrissi Chetwood
Failure at House of Blues
Failure, which initially broke up in 1997, recently released a new song called “Come Crashing,” and it's been getting nothing but good reviews. But what about the band's live shows? Well, these guys haven't toured in almost 17 years, and much has changed in that span, to be sure. But, on the other hand, 17 years is at least long enough to elicit more warm fuzzies than eye-rolls. So that's nice. — Ashely Gongora
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's at Dada
The dreamy and ethereal sounds of Indiana chamber-pop outfit — and The Royal Tenenbaums superfans — Margot & The Nuclear So and So's provides for the perfect soundtrack for putting your head back, closing your eyes and becoming overcome with all sorts of conflicting emotions — y'know, If that's what you're into. Join the feelings-fest tonight at Dada. — CC
Nikki Lane and Max Gomez at House of Blues
For her May-released sophomore effort, Nashville “outlaw” country musician Nikki Lane teamed with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to churn out a disc of '60s-tinged pop rock with just enough Americana flavor sprinkled in. And though much of the disc is about shame-free one-night stands and the like, well, doesn't necessarily make the thing any more “outlaw” than any given She & Him record. At the same time, however, the fact that Lane covers more ground than pickup trucks, wearing tight jeans or putting her toes up on the dash automatically makes her about a thousand times more badass than almost anything you'll hear on country radio these days. — Cory Graves
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