Drive Me To The Bar.
For the first time in several years, retailers are increasingly taking a public stand against Black Friday by vowing to remain closed this Thursday and Friday. But this movement is still in its infancy, and you can expect that, come Black Friday, it'll be pretty miserable to leave the house.
Meaning? You've got T-minus three days to enjoy these last moments of freedom. Get out there and make the most of it before hordes of blood-thirsty shoppers make leaving the house a deadly proposition. — Cory Graves
Sam Outlaw at Twilite Lounge (Free)
Just six months before he stole the show at the CMAs and became the talk of country of music thanks, in part, to his duet with Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton was just another struggling musician, playing the tiny City Tavern in Downtown Dallas this past April. And, y'know, we don't remember that show necessarily selling out. Similarly, Sturgil Simpson too found himself playing two sold-out club shows at Dada right as his own massive ascent was just beginning. That'll probably be the last time anyone around here catches him in a room that doesn't hold at least a few thousand people. As you might guess, there are tons of people that caught onto those bandwagons just a second too late, and have since kicked themselves for missing out on those undeniably special, once-in-a-lifetime type opportunities to catch musicians at just that perfect spot of their ascension into the major leagues. If we had to guess, we'd say another of those special shows will happen next Tuesday, out on the back patio of the Twilite Lounge in Deep Ellum. Potential cold temperatures be damned, you won't want to miss SoCal country boy Sam Outlaw's first-ever Dallas show — and likely his last in such a unique an intimate setting. It'll be a real treat. Still need further convincing? Check out our interview with Outlaw here. — CG
Singing in the Rain at The Magnolia
I don't like to mince words. This is my favorite movie of all time. Nothing can top the colorful musical numbers, the endless one-liners and the boundless joy it brings me. The cast is impeccable, the movie beautifully shot and the songs are some of the best ever recorded. Seeing this in a theater could quite possibly change your life. — Kip Mooney
Blind Guardian, Gravedigger at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Be sure to scream extra loud during Blind Guardians' Gas Monkey set. The '80s German power metal pioneers say they're recording the shows on this tour for an upcoming live album. Gravedigger opens. — CG
Havok at Reno's Chop Shop
Denver band Havok highlights a night of old-school metal at this Deep Ellum dive. If thrashing is your cup of tea, expect to have a good time at this one. The headliners — and openers Black Fast, Extinction A.D., Exhortation and Enchant — have no problem bringing the pain. — Stephen Young
Like a Storm at Trees
Metalcore with didgeridoos? We'd expect nothing less from heavy kiwi rockers Like a Storm. The band's currently touring on its new Century Media LP, Awaken the Fire, which has already spawned a pair of Top 20 singles on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts. From Ashes to Ashse and New, Stitched up Heart open. — CG
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