Ramble On.

According to a number of studies and, well, common sense, laying off booze for even just one month can have tremendous positive health effects. Those that abstain for even short periods say they experience healthier skin, better sex and more muscle tone. Better liver function is another plus.

Just sayin', you don't have to booze up to have fun. Then again, hitting the sauce has its own set of perceived perks.

Whether or not you choose to imbibe a bit this evening, it shouldn't prevent you from having fun. There's just too much stuff going on to be bored be you drunk or sober. — Cory Graves

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters at The Bomb Factory (Sold Out)
It's the lead singer of Led Zeppelin performing at The Bomb Factory. If you're not at least a little interested in seeing this, there's probably something wrong with you. From his early blues-metal leanings to his more folky follow up projects, the guy's pretty much universally adored. The Sonics open. — Paul Wedding

Miike Snow at Granada Theater (Sold Out)
Miike Snow is a Swedish indie pop band fresh off of the release of its latest album, iii, which came out last week. The band has very solid production — two of its members have produced hits like Britney Spears' “Toxic” on the side — but it's brought down by the heavy use of Autotune by the singer and cringey lyrics such as “I get a little bit Genghis Khan / I don't want you to get it on / With nobody else but me.” Dudes are animals. — PW

Hey Marseilles at Dada
Due largely to the prevalence of accordion and vague sense of worldliness in their tunes, this Seattle-based orchestral-pop outfit has drawn numerous comparisons to fellow Northeasterners The Decemberists since its debut LP was released back in 2010. To be fair lead vocalist Matt Bishop does sound a wee bit like The Decemberists' Colin Meloy. The great Hibou opens. — CG

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. — Pete Freedman

SX Foreplay Showcase III at Crown and Harp
One of the benefits of living in DFW is all the rad acts you get to catch as they head home from SXSW — and you don't even have to live through the nightmare that is being in Austin during South By week. For its spillover event, though, the ever-clever King Camel catches bands on the way down to the fest — y'know, before they're all burnt out and stuff. Pale Diann, Heaters, Eerie Wanda, Crescendo, Brothers in Law, Honor System and Moon Waves all play this one. — CG

Planet of the Apes at The Magnolia
Planet of The Apes (1968) is awkwardly funny, yet still a serious piece of cinema. Charlton Heston plays a human who is lost in space and crash lands on a planet occupied by walking, talking apes. He is captured by the damn, dirty apes who have been hunting speechless humans for sport. Little do they know, Charlton can talk — “He can talk, he can talk!” He is then befriended by a kind chimpanzee, Cornelius, who helps him escape from the apes grasp only to be confronted by a terrible secret. No spoilers here. — Roberto Aguilar

Cannibal Corpse at Gas Monkey Live
Cannibal Corpse is arguably the most well-know death metal band of all time. The band's music is as visceral and brutal as the names of its songs. Really, the music nearly sounds like it's attacking you. It's no wonder this is one of the most popular death metal bands out there. Obituary opens. — PW

Further Seems Forever at The Prphet Bar (Big Room)
Before there was Dashboard Confessional, there was Further Seems Forever, Chris Carrabba other pseudo-Christian emo outfit. After several lineup changes and a four-year hiatus, the band's back at it. Even Carrabba's back in the fold. — CG

Glass Mansions at The Prophet Bar (Small Room)
Formerly known as Death of Paris, South Carolina electro-pop outfit Glass Mansions makes the obligatory stop in Dallas on the way down to Austin to play some official SXSW showcases. Erik Changler, From the Drive and Strange Robotic open. — CG

Tonight Alive at Trees
After cancelling its 2012 SXSW appearances and spring tour, this Australia-based Spiderman 2 soundtrack-contributing band makes its way to Dallas tonight. It looks like they'll be skipping Austin, though, heading to San Diego by the week's end. — CG

MAMA, Thyroids, Radio Shaq, Poison Culture at Aqua Lab Studios
Anyone who went to Vice Palace show at this Deep Ellum recording studio would probably tell you it played out like a high-stakes house show. Expect a similar vibe tonight. Bring $7 for the bands, and beers for yourself — just don't spill any on the gear. — CG

Stargazer Lilies. Dead Leaf Echo, My Gold Mask, Nightmare Air and The Foreign Resort at Double Wide
Moon Sounds Records presents an evening of shoegaze at Deep Ellum's favorite dive. — CG

Alyas Batman en Robin at Alamo Drafthouse (Dallas)
This 1991 Filipino film spoofs the Adam West-led Batman television series of the '60s. To be fair, there was a lot to make fun of there. Pow pow. — CG

Prayers at RBC
Have you ever heard of the Cholo Goth movement? Well it's exactly what it sounds like, and it's coming to Dallas in the form of Prayers, an electronic duo that blends cholo gang heritage with the musical influence of New Order, Bauhaus and Pet Shop Boys. TBH it's pretty amazing to witness. With deep cutting lyrics and hard-edged electronics, Prayers continues to gain traction across the country. — Evan Henry

Firekid at Cambridge Room
Synth-folk project firekid is led by Dillon Hodges, an award-winning banjo picker that started taking home trophies for winning bluegrass competitions in his teens. Now he infuses his instrument of choice into the type of pop jams that make the kids dance. The recent Atlantic signee stops through Dallas on the way down to SXSW. — CG


















































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