Gimme A Beer.
Recently, a news station in Albuquerque convinced some up-for-anything bros in New Mexico to let some microbiologists swab their beards. Their super scientific findings? Beards are filled with the exact same bacteria found on toilet seats and inside butts.
“Pretty gross,” we typed hypocritically, while stroking our own magnificent beards and pondering how to tie this information into some sort of grand “you should totally go out tonight” statement.
Ah! Well, you're bound to run into plenty of dudes with beards at the following list of goings on. Just remember to wash your hands should you accidentally touch them or anything else they might have touched. — Cory Graves
Diamond Rugs at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Last time Deer Tick was in town, we decided they were, for us, the quintessential bar band. We mostly stand by that assessment, too. John McCauley and his bandmates make a brand of drinking-man's rock that seems to appeal to just about everyone. But perhaps our choice to place Deer Tick alone atop this booze-infused heap was somewhat shortsighted — if only because, well, Deer Tick isn't McCauley's only project. Since 2012, McCauley and Deer Tick multi-instrumentalist Robbie Crowell have periodically combined forces with Ian Saint Pé of The Black Lips, Hardy Morris from Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and drummer Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite to blow off steam under the name Diamond Rugs. Together, the collective's output has, more or less, resembled the same vaguely Americana-tinged bar rock of those other projects, but with an even greater carefree spirit than managed by these payers elsewhere. For more info on tonight's show, see our interview with the band here. — CG
Nightwish at The Bomb Factory
Nightwish's female-fronted, symphonic goth metal is almost always compared to Evanescence's. The only difference between the two, as far as we can tell, is these guys are from Finland. Delain and Sabaton. — CG
Mr. Gnome at Dada
Like our own Mr. Troll, Mr. Gnome is not a band comprised of mythical creatures. Unlike the Dallas-based hippie folk rocker, though, the latter is an Ohio-based husband-wife art rock duo. I guess it's not really that similar after all. Home By Hovercraft and Young Tongue open. — CG
Crocodiles at Three Links
Formed from the ashes of punk bands Some Girls and The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, San Diego psych-garage rockers is one of the better bands that genre has to offer. Sometimes compared to outfits like The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Archies and others thanks it its lo-fi sound, this is one the indie guys and gals won't want to miss. — Lauren Rushing
We Are Hex at Crown and Harp
On the way to the west coast, where it'll open a string of dates for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, We Are Hex headlines this Crown and Harp show. The band offers up an intensified take on fuzzy '70s rock that's somewhat hard to pinpoint, but oh so easy to love. Also playing this one is Bighand/Bigknife (formerly Plunge) and Nervous Curtains, which passes along word that it'll be debuting a bunch of brand new material from its upcoming third full-length. — CG
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