Wish KXT A Happy Birthday.
A couple nights ago, President Obama took some time out of his busy schedule to drop by The Colbert Report. Only, he didn't simply swing by for the standard interview; no, he took over Colbert's regular “The Word” segment, doing bits.
Like he did with Between Two Ferns earlier this year, the segment was another attempt to boost support for his healthcare program with the nation's youngest demographics.
So, if the busiest man on the planet and leader of the free world has enough time in his schedule to do televised comedy, surely the rest of us have a few minutes for ourselves where we don't think about work or any of the added holidays stresses.
Let's all use those minutes wisely this evening.
KXT Turns 5 at Verizon Theatre
Local public radio station 91.7-FM catches a decent amount of flack for its invariably safe selection of what many refer to as “dad rock,” but maybe we should ease up on them a touch. As local music historian and Kessler Theater creative director Jeff Liles pointed out to us recently, KXT is one of the only places in the country that spins local music in between cuts by more established acts like U2 and The Shins instead of relegating it to its own, off-peak time slot. He's got a point there. The station celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight with performances from well-established alt-country singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, indie up-and-comers Tennis and locals Somebody's Darling.
Ms. Lauryn Hill at South Side Ballroom
In 2008, Lauryn Hill's husband Rohan Marley made a bold statement about the singer, stating that she had enough material saved up for seven albums. “She writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall. She writes it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up,” Marley claimed. Perhaps if Ms. Hill could figure out a more long-lasting method of saving lyrics, she'd have released more than one studio album in the last 16 years. Perhaps she'll remember a few of these tunes enough to perform them tonight at the South Side Ballroom tonight, though. Of course, those who purchased tickets to Ms. Hill's South Side Ballroom show last month, which was subsequently cancelled at the last minute and later rescheduled for tonight, can probably throw out a few more possible reasons it's taken so long to release a new record.
Voodoo Glow Skulls at Three Links
Latin-leaning ska outfit Voodoo Glow Skulls brings the sound of the California streets to Dallas this evening. It's a sound the band's long honed during its two-plus decades together. Joining them on the bill is Mustard Plug, Dan Potthast and Rude King open.
Framing Hanley at Trees
Screamo is definitely still a thing. We know this because Nashville's Framing Hanley released its third record something like eight months ago. They'll scream oh so emotionally tonight following sets by Atomic Shift, The Kul and Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at WaterTower Theatre
Forget The Nutcracker, which there are no fewer than a half-dozen different versions of in North Texas this winter. For something a bit different, check out this expletive-laden musical which still boasts plenty of holiday cheer. Just, um, don't bring the kids or prudish aunts. Oh, and this one runs through January 4, so you'll have plenty opportunities to check it out should you so choose.
Art Alexakis at Hat Tricks
Brace yourself for an evening of old Everclear songs and stories about Alexakis' shitty dad as the aging alt-rocker drops by Lewisville tonight. It's hard to be everything to everyone.
Oral Fixation: Outside the Box at Texas Theatre
At tonight's encore presentation of the event's “Outside the Box”-themed edition they'll re-spin old yarns open marriages, lesbian homecoming queens, hoarders and Black Power fugitives.
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.