Practice Your Spanish with Daddy Yankee.
There are essays to be written — and some, I'm sure, already have been — about the absurdity of Vogue editor Anna Wintour hosting a punk-themed fashion affair at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in the year 2013, as she just so happened to do earlier this week.
This is not one of those essays.
But that affair is worth bringing up at this moment, if only because, here along Dallas' own Elm Street tonight, punk rock too reigns supreme, as aging thrash punks in Dirty Rotten Imbeciles take to Trees, the raging hardcore punks in Total Chaos take to Trees and the oddly literate neo-punks in Titus Andronicus take to Three Links — all to perform sets within earshot of the other. It should be a noisy time, that's for sure.
But, seriously: What year is it?
Titus Andronicus, The So-So Glos and Not Half Bad at Three Links Update: This show has been canceled due to illness. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Titus Andronicus' 2009 debut LP, The Airing of Grievances, aside from being named after a Seinfeld reference, also featured a song called “Titus Andronicus.” An egregious offense? You'd think so, wouldn't you. Except, well, the equal parts Springsteen- and punk-indebted band's song is about as lucid a song about twentysomething malaise as has ever been penned. Which is perhaps why the band's 2010 follow-up, The Monitor, an album mostly about a Civil War-era ship, included a song called “Titus Andronicus Forever.” And, no doubt, it's why 2012's Local Business included a song called “Titus Andronicus vs. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO).” Point is, these guys are great, frontman Patrick Stickles is a great (if awkward) showman and lyricist, and this show isn't to be missed.
Daddy Yankee at OK Corral
The Puerto Rican Pitbull? No, that's not fair to Daddy Yankee, who, unlike his Miami-based, Cuban-American counterpart vigilantly performs almost exclusively in his native tongue, which explains why this show is going down at OK Corral, one of the city's many massive nightclubs where, if you don't speak at least a little Spanish, you're gonna feel out of place. Anyway, “Gasolina” remains a jam, doesn't it?
Brent Best, Ralph White, Kirkland James at Lola's Saloon
The songwriters behind Slobberbone, Bad Livers and Tenderloin join forces for a songswap.
AIGA Dallas presents “This Is My City” at the Lakewood Theater
Various Dallasites, including freshly named Dallas Arts District executive director Catherine Cuellar, will gather at the Lakewood tonight to share their perspectives on Dallas by showing 20 different images of the city for 20 seconds each. It's all about empowerment — or so this event's “This is my city!” theme would imply. Basically, this whole event's like a Young Jeezy song, kinda!
Blind Beer Tasting at the Gin Mill
Pay $30. Get blindfolded. Drink lots of beer. See if you can figure out what kind of beers you're drinking without looking at the glass. Wonder aloud whether you have too much time on your hands. (You probably do.)
Tom Keifer at Good Records
You may know Tom Keifer as the lead singer of '80s hair metal band Cinderella. I know him as the guy who fronted that one band that sang that one song in one of those Monster Ballads commercials.
Total Chaos at Dada
Hardcore bands don't die, they just keep on keeping on until some writer someone mistakes their longevity for legend.
D.R.I. at Trees
Same goes for thrash bands, really.