Steal: Lions, Tah-Dahs, Timbaland

Because we made you wait all the way until Thursday for a steal of the week, we figured we better double-up. So, here are the two best shows of the week for those who only order from the dollar menu.

Lions, Record Hop, Tah-Dahs Double Wide (3510 Commerce St.). 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. $8

OK, so eight bucks may not sound like a steal, but everyone who pays it gets a free copy of the Lions’ new CD, No Generation. Rrrrawk (that was s’posed to be a lion roar—sorry, couldn’t’ help myself). The title cut sounds a little like Jane’s Addiction, if those guys weren’t such poseurs. In other words, it’s totally fun, cool, unaffected riff-heavy rock, but not sludgy, and full of subtle hooks and an intelligence you don’t often find in this particular genre. It sucks that this band is from Austin, because I’d love for Dallas to be able to claim the members as native sons.

Bonus: Lions will be preceded by the excellent locals Record Hop and the Tah Dahs. So if you think about it, it’s only $2.66 per band, which, given the quality of the bill, is a definite steal.

Timbaland The Palladium (1135 S. Lamar St.). 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Free (if you RSVP at ScionEvents.com)

If you’re too much of a cheapskate to shell out any ducats for a show, it doesn’t come much better than this. Saturday, Timbaland, the man behind some of the most inventive production in hip-hop and pop of the last 10 years (sorry, Dre -- you’re up there too) will perform free. What, you say, there’s gotta be a catch! Yes, yes there is. You have to log on to the Scion promo Web site and RSVP, which also involves being subjected to a momentary Scion pitch. But, to quote one of Timbaland’s best collaborators, Missy Elliott, “if it’s worth it, let me work it.” It’s worth it, so work it ya’ll. (Plus, a couple of DC-9's finest will be at the show.) -- Jonanna Widner

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