Go Twice As High.
Things aren't always what they seem.
For instance, you may, on occasion, encounter someone who may or may not be a real-life superhero. Fortunately, there are a few surefire tests to determine which ones are the real deal and which are big fat phonies should you run into any potential heroes while you're out tonight.
More often than not, the genuine articles aren't all that tough to spot: Most of the time these are the folks who are doing things like flying or stopping runaway locomotives with a single finger. And if you know what to look for, the wannabees can really be just as easy to weed out. A big one is whether the so-called hero in question is willing to text you pictures of their junk.
A real superhero almost never does this.
Bleeding Rainbow at City Tavern
When Philly noise rocker duo Reading Rainbow retooled its lineup last year, expanding to a four-piece in the process, the band also adjusted its name. To that end, the changeover from “Reading” to “Bleeding” does help one conjure up more grim and lasting associations than merely “butterflies in the sky.” The Chloes and SuperSonic Lips open. — Cory Graves
Dallas Indie Mag Shorts Showcase at Texas Theatre
For the first installment of what it says will be a monthly thing from here on out, local upstart Dallas Indie Mag has curated a two-hour block of indie shorts they'll be screening tonight at Texas Theatre, one of which involves a priest that begins an alien-filled adventure by shooting Jesus. For more of what to expect from this one see this trailer. After this one winds down, the theater will host a free screening of Sleepaway Camp as part of its monthly Tuesday Night Trash series. Whether or not that professionally-shot B-movie will be better or worse than the amateur shorts that precedes it remains to be seen. — CG
SFA Spring Film Festival at Angelika Film Center
Southern Methodist University's Student Filmmakers' Association will screen a crop of zero-budget student films at the Angelika. Who knows? You may get to see the work of the next Dawson Leery before he or she runs off to LA to rub elbows with the likes of Steven Spielberg. Or not. In any case, it beats studying for finals. — CG
Chuck Ragan at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Chuck Ragan was once a pretty cool punk rocker, most notably as the frontman of Hot Water Music. But these days he's evolved into a pretty cool indie folker. The White Buffalo and Jonny Two Bags open. The latter, we should point out, is the alias of Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Wickersham, who just released a pretty solid roots-rock record of his own. — Erika Lambreton
Bleeding Rainbow cover photos by Chad Yanagisawa. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.