Sweat It Out.
You know that thing when you get up to pee in the middle of the night an without fail end up stepping on a Lego, embedding the thing into your bare foot as you mutter curse words under your breath? That's now a thing of the past. The toy company has teamed with a French design company to create special super padded Lego slippers.
Boom. Problem solved.
Oh, and you know that other thing when you get off work and then you're looking around for something to do that doesn't involve vegging out in front of the television for the umpteenth night in a row and having no luck? That one's been nailed down, too. Read on. — Cory Graves
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at Trees (Sold Out)
A folk rocker by trade, Nathaniel Ratefcliff has long dabbled in gospel-like harmonies on his somewhat low-key solo offerings. This year, though, he debuted a new rocking soul outfit, The Night Sweats, that adds some booze-filled fun and rollicking, heartfelt hooks to those even beefier, hand-clapping gospel refrains. Get the man a goddamn drink, already. For a primer, check out the band's Tiny Desk Concert, which NPR posted just yesterday. Caroline Rose opens. — CG
Whitey Morgan at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Whitey Morgan ain't your granddaddy's country singer. Wait a sec, yes he is. That's precisely what makes his beer-soaked, Waylon-esque honky-tonk anthems so damn appealing. They don't make 'em like Whitey no more, and that's a damn shame. He's a hell of a lot cooler than that Chris Stapleton fella, too. — CG
Beach Slang at Double Wide
Proving it is possible to be simultaneously pop and punk without being pop punk is Philly's Beach Slang, which headlines Double Wide tonight. After naming the band's Polyvinyl debut its “album of the week,” Spin Magazine wrote: “No rock album in 2015 is less afraid to be exactly what it is — ten anthems of last-chance power-punk, broad and sincere enough to make Japandroids seem subtle and uncommitted by comparison.” Lithuania, Worriers and Stymie open. Holy shit, this one's going to rule. — CG
Timmy's Organism at Crown and Harp
On the same day Third Man released the new LP from Dallas/Austin punks VIDEO, the Jack White-run label also put out the new LP from Timmy Vulger, who hails from White's old Detroit stomping grounds, and whom White has referred to as “the hardest working punk in show business.” Opening for the stripped down rocker is locals Street Arabs and Funeral Shoes. — CG
Here We Go Magic at Three Links
Out of Brooklyn — the land where indie bands are made in some factory — comes Here We Go Magic. The band's music is sprightly and fun and also mellow at times. It is a true indie rock band. Check out the band, supporting its fourth studio album, Be Small at Three Links. Fellow Brooklynites, Big Thief, and Denton's Pageantry open. — H. Drew Blackburn
Collective Soul at House of Blues
Boasting five bona fide hit singles, Collective Soul's 1995 self-titled album spent 76 weeks on the Billboard 200. But the band had its strengths and weaknesses. Common assessments over the past two decades are of frontman Ed Roland's knack for genius, McCartney-like melodies while at the same time never really pushing the envelope musically. And yet, on the strength of a veritable ass load of hits, the band endures. — CG
Lindi Ortega at The Live Oak
Like another of the year's hippest new independent country acts, Daniel Romano, Nashville's Lindi Ortega originally hails from Canada. And like Romano, her freshly-released fourth album — which was co-produced by The Civil Wars' John Paul White and Alabama Shakes' Ben Tanner — is a batch of twangy, authentic country just left enough of center to appeal to hipsters, folkies and rockabily junkies alike. After playing Dan's last night, she'll swing by Fort Worth before getting out of Dodge. — CG
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