Everybody's going to be doing a brand new dance at one of tonight's shows...
of Montreal at South Side Music Hall
Mock them all you want for their involvement in the OUtback Steakhouse commercials, but there's no denying the sheer glee that comes with listening to of Montreal's funk-influenced dance songs in a live setting. Last year, the band release their tenth studio effort in 13 years, False Priest, and they're still showing no signs of slowing down -- either on the recording from or on the performance one. Expect theatrics, a little bit of absurdist humor, and a whole lot of frontman Kevin Barnes dancing at tonight's display.
Kylie Minogue at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
In this week's paper, Craig Hlavaty talked up tonight's Kylie Mingoue show, championing the Aussie pop-tart for being "about a million miles away from the stuff clogging up the charts by other girls a fraction of her age (she turns 43 at the end of the month), while not sacrificing hooks, age-appropriateness and that ever-important, overriding universal attraction." Yes, it's fairly remarkable that Minogue's been doing her thing now for well over two decades, dating back to her breakthrough hit single, a cover of the 1962 hit, "The Loco-Motion." Thying is, she's mostly improved with age. In 2001, her album Fever served as a major comeback for her, much in thanks to the smash hit, "Can't Get You out of My Head." Recent albums have only provided more of the same infectious, electro-indebted stylings. Nothing seems to be able to slow Minogue dowjn -- not even a battle with breast cancer, which she hurdled with ease, just as she has the passing fads of numerous eras.
Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8.0 Bar in Fort Worth
Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is one of the icons of Texas music, even though, well, he was actually born in Oklahoma. A stable of the Texas Hill Country, and particularly Wimberley, Hubbard's probably best known for writing "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," which was made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker. Hubbard is no one trick pony, however: His world-weary mix of folk, country and blues has drawn him fans from around the world, and there's not a clunker in his relatively modest catalog. Quite possible the best release is 1994's Loco Gringo's Lament, but plenty speak highly of 2006's Snake Farm, too. In any case, it's safe to say that Hubbard has enough quality songs to play all night and into the morning. The 64-year-old still delivers the goods each and every time he hits the stage.
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Miasmal, Wiccans, The Impalers and Life Erased at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton
Hailing from Sweden, Miasmal is an old-school death metal band that, like so many other international acts, sings all in English. That choice is especially odd considering that Miasmal's singer uses the Beelzebub-meets-Cookie Monster vocal style that makes just about any language unintelligible. Such is a shame, since songs like "Creation of Fire" and "Abduction of the Soul" are pretty damn rocking, if clichéd, examples of the genre. Adding some Texas flavor to this bill is Denton's Wiccans, whose offerings are far more pleasing.