Ready, Steady, Go!

Toddlers are pretty much the worst.

Over the weekend, a tot in New Jersey wrangled himself loose of his parents and partially destroyed a Buddhist sand mandala just before it was set to be ceremoniously destroyed in a 2,500-year-old Tibetan ceremony.

For their part, the monks that had spent countless hours meticulously creating the mandala were pretty cool about the whole thing. But that doesn't change the fact that you just can't take kids anywhere these days without making the national news for one negative reason or another.

To that end, everyone should just bite the bullet and hire a sitter tonight.

That way we can all party like adults.

The Zombies at Kessler Theater
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Zombies' biggest hit, “Time of the Season.” Before that, though, they broke up. Frontman Colin Blunstone told us about the long, strange trip that led to the band's re-formation — and the fight he got into with keys player Rod Argent while recording that song — when the band was in town last spring. Five decades into its career, the band also put on one of one of the best shows we've ever seen at the Kessler at that show, which is to say if it's at all possible for you to check out one of the two shows the band will perform at the venue this week, there's no question you should just do it. — Cory Graves

Thievery Corporation at House of Blues
For its latest release, 2013's Saudade, Washington D.C.'s bosa nova-influenced electronic duo crafted its most analog-sounding effort to date. To that end, several horn players and nylon string guitarists were brought in to record their parts for the record live. As a result, this latest effort is more melancholic and subdued than the band's previous output, so, even if you've been to Thievery Corporation shows before, you could see a side of the band that you've never seen at tonight's show. — CG

The Hold Steady at Granada Theater
After watching The Last Waltz on DVD, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler were inspired to form a band that would tap into that dying brand of roots rock. Since then, the resulting outfit, The Hold Steady, has released six LPs of well-received, arena-sized, working-class and often-drunken tunes. Bad news, though: The similarly drunken Deer Tick, which had been opening for Finn and Co. on this tour, canceled its scheduled opening appearance for tonight. — CG

Scott Weiland at Trees
Bouncing back from publicly — and apparently unbeknownst to him — being fired as the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots last year, Scott Weiland has hit the road with his backing band the Wildabouts, which features onetime J. Charles & the Trainrobbers guitarist Jeremy Brown. Despite the fallout, tonight's performance promises to have a heavy STP offering, with songs from the band's Core and Purple albums scattered throughout the set. — Erika Lambreton

Night Beats at Dada
Though '60s-influenced, R&B/soul-flecked garage rockers The Night Beats hail from Seattle, its individual members grew up in Dallas and Austin. As such, the band retains a good bit of Texas-based psychedelic roots in its overall sound. Cosmonauts and Dahga Bloom open. — CG

Trillwave at Beauty Bar
Joining Trillwave residents Trailer Swift and Dubble A at their regular Wednesday night gig will be DJ Sober, who helped make Beauty Bar the mid-week go-to for ass-shaking that it remains to this day, and Zach Witness, an up-and-comer that's so respected in DJ circles he was recently asked to fill-in for DJ Sober at last week's Big Bang. Needless to say, if you plan on doing any dancing at all tonight, chances you'll make an appearance on Henderson Avenue at some point seems pretty inevitable. — CG

Twilite Does Dylan at Twilite Lounge (Free)
A dozen of the area's best singer-songwriters are coming together tonight for the mother of all Bob Dylan covers song swaps. Participating entities include: Danny Balis (Calhoun), Chad Stockslager (The King Bucks), Madison King, Zachary Fox (The Hazzardous Dukes), Billy Sandwiches (Party Static), Troy Cartwright, Ryan Thomas Becker (RTB2), Amber Farris (Somebody's Darling), Greg Schroeder, Tyler Rougeux (Whiskey Folk Ramblers), Will Roth and Grady Sandlin (RTB2). — CG

Cover photo of The Hold Steady by Danny Clinch. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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