Monkeying Around With A Vampire

With every movie, there is always an underground movement to love on the underdog. It's that peripheral character who is attractive in his own unique way, who doesn't take over screen time but has an offbeat appeal that often supplements the front and center personality of the main character. Example--the Ron to Harry Potter, McLovin to Seth and Evan, Miranda to Carrie. Perhaps a darker example is that of Jackson Rathbone, who plays a pale-faced Jasper Hale, the adopted Cullen family member with a gift for sensing and manipulating others' emotions, in the cult-adored movie Twilight. Rathbone, who had a small stint in Midland when he attended their youth actor's program, is a vocalist and guitarist in the band 100 Monkeys, which he founded with two high school friends. Their music has a rackety, rhythmic and slightly demonic feel, characterized as a combo of "Japanese classic music, 2-step and psychobilly." The now four-man band will be sweeping (vampire-style, we hope) through Dallas from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Barnes & Noble on Northwest Highway to sign their latest album. Side note for serious 100 Monkeys fans: They'll also be playing at The Palladium Saturday night, so check them out there before telling them in person Sunday how much you dug the show. Barnes & Noble is located at 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-1124.
Sun., Aug. 2, 2-4 p.m., 2009
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Alex Wolens