We've noticed that there's quite a bit going on tonight for a Wednesday.
We've also noticed that not one of these events has anything to do with giant vagina sculptures. Good thing, actually. It'd be a shame to get stuck inside one of those things — y'know, like this guy recently was.
What a thing to be trapped in. Think about it. How much would it suck, missing all the good stuff going on tonight because you're waiting for 22 firefighters to show up and pry you out?
On the other hand, photo opps were certainly plentiful. — Cory Graves
Jessica Lea Mayfield at Dada
After being discovered and nurtured by Dan Auerbach sometime around 2008, Jessica Lea Mayfield became the first guest to ever appear on a Black Keys record with her performance on Attack and Release. Then, in 2009, she appeared again on Auerbach's solo record, Keep it Hid. He later returned the favor by producing her 2011 sophomore effort, Tell Me. For her latest release, though, Mayfield's dropped the minimalist folk leanings of her past — and most of Auerbach's influence as well — in favor of a more distorted, grungy sound. Trust us when we say she's much better for it. — CG
Diarrhea Planet at Three Links
Apologies to Beyonce, but Nashville outfit Diarrhea Planet just might be the most photogenic band of all time. It's also one of the loudest. That, of course, should be expected from a band with five guitarists, an endless repertoire of rock poses and a shortage of shirts. Lee Baines III & Glory Fires and Party Static open. — CG
Holy Wave at The Where House
There's no question that Austin is the birthplace of psych-rock, and that it remains genre's cultural nexus to this day. Now, El Paso's Holy Wave might not have originated in Austin, but rest assured that they moved there as fast as they could. Since then, they've become just about the best psych-rock outfit in a town full of the world's best psych-rock outfits. Locals Sealion and War Party open. — CG
Burt's Buzz at Texas Theatre
You may not know his full name, but you've seen Burt Shavitz' face about a million times. Back in the '70s, the New York beekeeper helped create the Burt's Bees line of products with his partner Roxanne Quimby. Despite Quimby buying Shavitz's share of the company in the early '90s for just $4 million, his bearded mug still graces most of the company's products. Quimby then went on to sell the company to Clorox for $173 million — and the brand is now worth over a billion. As for Shavitz? He still chooses to live in a glorified turkey coop, because, as he says in the trailer of this documentary about his life, “a good day is when no one shows up, and you don't have to go anywhere.” — CG
Eddie Izzard at Majestic Theatre
Izzard is England's whimsical, rambling, sometimes cross-dressing comedian that's considered by many — including John Cleese himself — to be the lost member of Monty Python. He'll bring the funny to Dallas' historic Majestic Theatre tonight. — CG
The Yardbirds at Granada Theater
The group that launched the careers of legendary rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page will perform tonight without any of those virtuosic noodlers in-tow. That role will be filled tonight by 30-year-old Ben King, who joined the band when he was only 21. — CG
Hackers at Sundown
All summer long, Sundown's Whiskey & Movies Wednesdays will offer up classic flicks on its rooftop patio accompanied by half-price whiskey drinks at the proverbial concession stand. Tonight's film is 1995's Hackers, a cult favorite when it was released, given that most folks didn't know much about the internet back then. Over the years, the film has morphed into something of an unintentional comedy. — CG
Trillwave at Beauty Bar
The thing that sets Trillwave apart from similarly high-quality weekly dance parties in town is the bang-for-the-buck factor. Not many places in town can compete with the world-famous guests that DJs Trailer Swift and Dubble A bring to town on the reg. This week features a local assist from Ynfynyt Scroll, and comes with happy hour prices all night long. Because they care. — CG
Goo Goo Dolls at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Um. What is there to say about this one? Let's see. On the one hand, we wonder what would have happened to a band like the Goo Goos if they had never changed their name from the Sex Maggots. Would “Slide” still have been as popular a couple of decades ago if the band hadn't rebranded itself? Daughtry and Plain White T's open. — Stephen Young
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