Tell It Like It Is.

Earlier this week, the Oxford English Dictionary announced its word of the year for 2015 was “face with tears of joy” emoji. Said the committee in charge of the selection, it chose the emoji based on the fact that it best “reflects the past year in a nutshell.”

If we were to select a word that best sums up tonight in a nutshell we'd have to come up something like action-packed or simply badass. I mean, just look at everything that's going on. — Cory Graves

Circa Survive at House of Blues
Change into your favorite black T-shirt, because tonight is the night for aggressively loud prog-rock, high-pitched voices and probably a feeling deep inside your gut that tells you that you should feel sad for some reason, all courtsey of Philly rockers Circa Survive, who celebrate the 10th anniversary of debut LP Juturna tonight. RX Bandits opens. — Chelsea Upton

Lawrence of Arabia at The Magnolia
Nothing else really needs to be said about Lawrence of Arabia at this point. It won seven Oscars and features one of the many indispensable Peter O'Toole performances. This is Old Hollywood at its very best, and seeing it on the big screen will be one of the greatest movie-going experiences of your life. That might seem like hyperbole. But you've never seen Lawrence of Arabia, it really isn't, I promise. — Kip Mooney

Combichrist at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
The Georgia-based Norwegian aggrotech outfit will bring its heavy-as-shit offerings to Dallas, where local audiences will find themselves perpetually wondering whether to mosh or rave. The Birthday Massacre opens. — CG

Hopped Up Cinema: Back to the Future III at Alamo Drafthouse
Do you think on September 2, 1885 there was a Back to the Future Day, where everybody sent memes to one another via telegraph about how much the movie got wrong about the actual day? Yeah, probably not. Still, when the Alamo screens the sixth-highest-grossing film of 1990 tonight, it'll be paired with a flight of five brews from Houston's Karbach Brewery, and one brewed especially for the event. — CG

Lindi Ortega at Dan's Silverleaf
Like another of the year's hippest new independent country acts, Daniel Romano, Nashville's Lindi Ortega originally hails from Canada. And like Romano, her freshly-released fourth album — which was co-produced by The Civil Wars' John Paul White and Alabama Shakes' Ben Tanner — is a batch of twangy, authentic country just left enough of center to appeal to hipsters, folkies and rockabily junkies and other outsiders alike. — CG

Plain White T's at Trees
In 2007, Plain White T's hit No. 1 on the charts with “Hey There Delilah,” a song that technically only one member of the band appears on. But there's actually four other dudes that perform under the name, and the quintet will be at Trees tonight performing cuts from its two Platinum LPs. — CG

Ratboys at Rubber Gloves
Fuzzy Chicago indie-rock quartet Ratboys released an EP and LP via Top Shelf Records this year. There's a gentle poppiness to these understated lo-fi anthems that CMJ once wrote “feels like a bubblegum Thermals, the Breeders as Nickelodeon house band, Elephant 6 2.0.” Wild Pink, Bedroom Sons and Whimper open. — CG

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