This week offers a rather good mix of concerts for your entertainment pleasure. Blonde Redhead plays Granada Theater, horror punk outfit the Misfits play Gas Monkey Live, metal Gods Slayer play in the suburbs at Verizon Theatre, Jeezy (formerly Young Jeezy, but not yet Old Jeezy) is set to explain how he's seen it all at South Side Ballroom and Hoodie Allen will do rap stuff that your parents approve of on the very same stage. So make haste and get thee out to some concerts before we're all snowed in for the winter.
Big Gus & the Swampadelic 7 p.m., Monday, November 17, at The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St., http://www.freemandallas.com, Free There's music for free every day at The Free Man. It starts at 7 p.m. There's cheap booze and a kitchen that cooks up cajun style food, like fried gator. Tonight Big Gus & the Swampadelic play a set, of what they call swampy tonk. It's Americana and zydeco, a splice of creole centric rhythm and blues New Orleans with a focus on upbeat lyrics and a band of talented players to boot. H. Drew Blackburn
Blonde Redhead With dot Hacker, 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $24-$45 In their earliest of days Blonde Redhead was your quintessential New York indie noise rock band, using their instruments and vocals to create something more along the lines of what the downtown cool crowd would consider art. They were most definitely not of the ilk of conventional hook-verse-hook and 4/4 time signatures. That was two decades ago and well, things change, even if not necessarily all that dramatically. In their later years Blonde Redhead has matured as something more kin to dream pop, which is a little more palatable than their early days. But, the art-rock sensibilities are still evident; no melodic structure could quite hide those brush strokes. HDB
The Misfits With Missile, 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 19, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd Dallas, TX., gasmonkeybarandgrill.com, $18-$35 The Misfits are a legendary horror tinged punk group that also keeps Hot Topic in business with t-shirts. Like most bands given the gift of longevity, they've shouldered the burden of legal battles and lineup changes. But, they live on as a quintessential band that added complexity to a genre that was more or less meat and potatoes during it's inception in the 70's and 80's. So, sinister, loud, and fast, most importantly fast music will make it's way to Gas Monkey Live! this week for all you all black wearing misfits out there. HDB
Slayer With Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $39.75-$44.75 Thrash metal peaked in the '80s. This isn't a jab to the genre so much as it is the fact. The '80s era of thrash gave the world Metallica, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Overkill and others. Above all else, it gave us the immortal Slayer. Slayer is a band whose approach to the taboo has only been matched by their worldwide acclaim. When Metallica was falling apart, Slayer continued to release albums true to form but also, more importantly, true to their fans. In recent times, the band has suffered an immense tragedy following the death of original member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, as the result of an apparent spider bite. Rather than disband, the band has soldiered on in memorial and tribute to their fallen brother. Slayer comes to Grand Prairie with fellow thrash legends Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies in tow. James Khubiar
Captured! by Robots, 9 p.m., Thursday, November 20, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, rubberglovesdentontx.com, $10-12 Insanity is on the horizon. Captured! by Robots is partly a band and partly a bizarre performance art project by Jay Vance aka JBOT. What he's done here is build a band, literally, by building robots. However, those robots turned on him and held him captive, hence the name. He is their human slave and now they (wait, he?) tour the country and play at dive bars and holes in the wall. Or so the story goes, anyway. This is probably the weirdest thing you'll see all year unless you caught GWAR last month -- in which case it will be the second weirdest thing you've seen all year. HDB