Know The Pieces Fit.

The authorities have spoken, and they say the best anti-theft device you buy for your car these days is a stick shift. Judging strictly by the amount of anecdotal evidence we've read about in the papers like all the time, modern day thieves just don't have time to learn how to drive stick.

Says many of the would-be thieves we pretended to ask about this trend, they admitted we were right on the money, attributing their lack of spare time to practice driving cars with manual transmissions to their long hours spent searching for ways to have a little fun. Problem solved my car-jacking friends, we've got your whole weekend mapped out.

Time to get it in gear. — Cory Graves

Friday
Tanlines at Trees
In the years since its debut Mixed Emotions LP crash-landed onto the playlists of electronic-tinged indie pop fans everywhere in the summer of 2012, New York's Tanlines has undergone something of a substantial change. These days, the duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm is taking a more humanistic approach its sound. And not necessarily by choice, either. When the band sat down to start work on Highlights, its 2015 sophomore full-length, the computer it aimed to do so on blew up on a cloud of smoke — and literally at that, or so claims the band in its own press materials. Point is, the band was inspired to try something new. In turn, Highlights was written as fuller and more analog-oriented than the more electronic-dominated material of the band's past. Also? The band's upgraded to a quartet, at least in live settings. Now, armed with that bigger sound and some wider appeal thanks to a universally well-received web redesign stunt that saw its band web site turned into a Netflix rip, the outfit is taking its show to dynamic stages across the country as part of a tour that includes a stop at Trees. For more info on these guys, check out our interview with the band during its last swing through town here. — Evan Henry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at WinStar World Casino
TCU students, if you want to mackle more after last night's Macklemore show at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, then you are in luck. If you were intending on mackle-ing less, than stay your ass at home. If you aren't a TCU student and mackle-ing is not a chore Macklemore is at WinStar. Take all the money out of your mackle-drawer and head to Oklahoma! — H. Drew Blackburn

Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art
It's been almost exactly two years since the Dallas Museum of Art stopped charging general admission fees for most exhibits during normal business hours. Up until now, that free-for-all's also included the museum's Late Night programming — performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, etc. — that go down on the third Friday of every month. But like the DMA's recently departed director Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, who stepped down from his position last September before bouncing to New York, the free admission for Late Nights at the DMA have flown out the window. Moving forward, DMA members and children under 11 will continue to receive free admission, but everyone else will have to start shelling out $15. — CG

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at Inwood Theatre
Here is a little known fact: Indiana Jones > James Bond. Jones was, in fact, inspired by Bond and the 007 films. Then, the copycat became the master. You can catch the second installment of the original trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, tonight and revel in the baddassedry, humor and adventure. — HDB

Chippendales at House of Blues
Vegas' iconic male revue is back for its annual sexed up swim through town. The troupe's current tour is called “Break the Rules,” which leads us to believe at least one Magic Mike wannabe will be thrusting away to the Charli XCX tune of the same name at some point in the evening. Either way, it gives us an excuse to link to this video yet again. Timeless. — CG

Cowboy Mouth at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
The 2011 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees' current lineup boasts former members of pop-punkers Jimmie's Chicken Shack, southern rockers Dash Rip Rock and new wave/punk rockers Red Rockers. Not that it matters with a band like Cowboy Mouth, whose albums have always contained a pretty varied collection of country, alternative and straight ahead rock. For as hard as the band's recorded output has been to pin down over the years, most agree that their live shows are simply thrilling, high-energy displays. — CG

Josh Ritter at Granada Theater
Extremely diverse radio station 91.7-FM KXT is bringing you some folk music. Josh Ritter is a folk artist who went to Oberlin College with an intent to study neuroscience but ended up studying “American History Through Narrative Folk Music.” Since he's obtained this degree, he has become one of the most revered white male folk artists. Attend the diverse show and learn all about that Americana. — HDB

Uncle Lucius at Magnolia Motor Lounge
It's hard enough for most bands to work through all their creative differences — at least enough to so to record a few albums. Austin-based Southern Rockers Uncle Lucius somehow manage the feat with five songwriters in the band. More power to 'em, we say. — CG

Cats and Dogs Benefit at Rubber Gloves
For Bob Barker's concert pick of the week, he's chosen the Denton Humane Society's annual cats and dogs fundraiser. Performing will be Brent Best, Lomelda, Bighand//Bigknife, Biographies and Future Self, and monies raised will go to helping them spay and neuter the animals they take in. — CG

Rahim Quazi at Twilite Lounge (Free)
Recorded in New Orleans, Rahim Quazi's Ghost Hunting LP was hailed by local critics as one of 2015's best area efforts. He'll perform cuts from it for free at this New Orleans-themed Dallas bar. — CG

“The Kimbell On Fleek” at Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts at the Rose Marine Theater (Free)
One museum's trash is another gallery's treasure. Here, Dallas artist Ricardo Paniagua has reclaimed a bunch of large vinyl billboard wraps used to advertise an impressionism exhibit at The Kimbell back in 2008. His pieces will be on display for the next few weeks, and he'll be on hand to kick things off with tonight's artist reception. — CG

Frozen Hell at Double Wide
Straight from hell is the winter-warming sounds of local metal courtesy of Weaken the Adversary, SILVERTONGUEDEVIL, DIESELBEAST and Dead Hawke. — CG

Mink Coats, Abacaba, Prof. Fuzz 63, Bulls at The Underpass
A new band to watch out for is Fort Worth's Bulls, which recorded its post punk-heavy debut this fall with Britt Robisheaux. That album earned its release last week via Dreamy Life. You can here or pick up a cassette copy when they play with a bunch of other buzzy young bands whose bandwagons you should be jumping on, too. — CG

2016 Men of Fairmount Calendar Release Party at shipping & Receiving
Some of the male members of Fort Worth's hip Fairmount neighborhood are releasing their second annual calendar. But having all those “average good looks, and glistening beer bellies” on display in your crib for the next 12 months is just a bonus. They'll be using the proceeds to Good Neighbors Animal Rescue, which works to keep animals out of shelters. Andy Pickett and several others perform. — CG

Low Steppa at It'll Do Club
Low Steppa is a house-step DJ coming straight out of Birmingham, UK, that's made a somewhat rapid assent through the electronic music ranks thanks to some well-received releases through the Beatport community. It's free if you show up before 10:30 p.m. and RSVP beforehand. — Lauren Rushing

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo at Will Rogers Coliseum
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo that started up in 1896. It's since become the world's oldest continual running rodeo. That event's Cowtown Coliseum (called The Northside Coliseum when it was built in 1908) was also the world's first indoor rodeo. It kicks off, once again, this weekend, and runs through February 6. — CG

The Cush, Nervous Curtains, Gollay at Lola's
Have some heavy psych, post-punk and delightful indie rock, all local, all good. — CG

The Man Who Fell To Earth at Texas Theatre
David Bowie plays a humanoid alien in The Man Who Fell To Earth and well, falls to Earth. He's out to get some water for his dying home planet. But, he eventually gets caught up in love, trickery and greed. Because humans. Can he make it? Find out tonight at Texas Theatre's Bowie tribute night. — CG

Saturday
Fight Club at The Bomb Factory
You didn't expect the The Bomb Factory to consistently hold boxing matches when you heard it was reopening and when the owners got the idea and broke ground they probably didn't either. Actually, if they tell you they did, I would put money on that being a lie. But, here we are and it's happening — for the second time in recent weeks, we might add. Unexpected things are awesome. With Top Rank catch the main event: Matt Korobov and Jouse Obandou beating the ever-loving shit out of one another. — HDB

The Azalea Project at Dada
The kids are alright. You've got the Azalea Project, one of Dallas' best rock band's and they're still in high school. Berkshire Hounds are a young outfit from Austin, Texas that boasts a horn section andour song of the year band , Sad Cops is on the bill, who's song in question, “Best Friends” is all about growing up. The Kids aren't alright, they're better than alright. — HDB

Dale Watson at Post Time
Austin-based alt-country musician has long been a mainstay in the genre thanks to his healthy catalog of mostly truck-driving songs. He owns a few bars now, too, and was one of the original proponents of chicken shit bingo, for whatever that's worth. There won't be any animal excrement at this show, though Watson will be celebrating the release of his latest album. — CG

The Black Lillies at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Likening the Knoxville, Tennessee outfit to a male-fronted Alison Krauss & Union Station, Rolling Stone called The Black Lillies one of its bands to watch in 2014. Some would say they're still worth knowing. — CG

Rodney Carrington at Majestic Theatre
The country singing comedian is best known for a song about writing a letter to his penis. He'll do that one and a bunch of other crass tunes for what one must assume is an audience comprised completely of 14-year-olds. — CG

Whiskey Myers at Billy Bob's
This Tyler, Texas quintet is just as likely to score with the hard-drinking red dirt crowd as they are with the Zeppelin-adoring stoner set. That is to say saddle up if taking a bunch of downers and listening to a psych-tinged Americana jam session sounds up your alley. — CG

Who's Bad at House of Blues
As far as Michael Jackson tribute acts go — and we're assuming there are literally hundreds of them out there, each billing themselves as the “ultimate” one — it's at least slightly less creepy knowing that these guys were doing their thing when the King of Pop was still with us. Whether or not they still would have been able to sell out London's O2 Arena when Jackson was still alive, though, remains to be seen. — CG

Observer Artopia at Fair Park
Art. Fashion. Food. Culture. Music. Mid-grade cocaine. Get it all here at this year's Artopia, an event put on by the Titanic, the Dallas Observer. Check out the extravaganza and be seen. The Observer is sending out $6,000 in grants to some artists, so there's that. And here's something else; the official after-party takes place at one of the most punk places I know. — HDB

Jah Born at Twilite Lounge (Free)
For the whopping price of free you can see Jah Born perform at Dallas very own pseudo New Orleans, but not really New Orleans bar, Twilite Lounge. This is great because Jah Born is a Grammy winner thanks to his work with the Queen, Erykah Badu. Which this isn't really a true barometer when it comes to how good a musician is, but it is a good way to get people paying attention. — HDB

Whiskey Folk Ramblers at Lola's
Whiskey Folk, with its ramshackle, uptempo jams is good to dance to, and even better to drink to — especially now that it's welcomed accordion player Richard Lee back into the fold after three years away. Vincent Neil Emerson and Bloodshot-signee Al Scorch open. — Lauren Rushing

Flametrick Subs at Three Links
Loud and fast rockabilly outfit the Flametrick Subs is the kind of thing you'd like to dance to, if only it wasn't so damn loud, and fast, and you weren't so stinkin' drunk. The Aquaholics open. — CG

Convoy & The Cattlemen, The Paychecks, Mo Robson Band at Double Wide
This bill's a good'un, let me tell you. No, really, let me tell you, I've seen almost this exact bill at this exact bar. It was quite the time from what I recall. — CG

Stereo on Strike at Red Light Lounge (Free)
Earlier this week, some of the techno producers that have been playing at Red Light Lounge's weekly Stereo on Strike nights put out a new comp. Says Wanz Dover, who put the thing together: “This comp is designed to give a doorway into a grossly under-covered scene in Dallas. Most of these guys are releasing on European labels, but get no love at home. I'm hoping to fix that a bit.” You can download it free here. — CG

Sunday
Tool, Primus at Verizon Theatre
For the past eight years or so, a lawsuit has prevented Tool from releasing any new tunes, though that finally got cleared up last year. Even without a new album to support this time around, the band likes to sprinkle in some new ideas at its current shows. Primus opens. — CG

“'Bad' Feminisms?: A Discussion on the Art of Sexual Politics” at Dallas Contemporary (Free)
Active since the '70s, Joan Semmel, Anita Steckel, Betty Tompkins and Cosey Fanni Tutti are a quartet of boundary pushing female artists whose works sometimes border on pornography, in the name of feminism and the promotion of sex positivity. Their works make up the Dallas Contemporary's current exhibition, “Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics.” On Sunday, Tompkins, Semmel and art historian Rachel Middleman will host a talk on these subjects. — CG

Community Self Defense Training at The Round Up Saloon (Free)
After more than 15 attacks on members of Oak Lawn's LGBT in the past few months, some folks have begun fighting back. Yo, you best protect ya neck. — CG

Run Forever at Rubber Gloves
Pittsburgh indie rockers Run Forever released its third LP this fall. The record was produced by Matt Talbott of Hum and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', which Stereogum says imbued the thing with “the former's bleary edge and the latter's ear for a tight hook.” They're currently on tour with Looming, and Hate Your Friends and Whimper open the bands' Denton stop. — CG

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