Bloc Party, The Burning Hotels Tuesday, December 11, at House of Blues, $30/$35 Bloc Party are coming to town after the release of their fourth full-length earlier this year, appropriately titled Four. The band reverts back to the guitar-centric sounds of its past, recreating the same feel as their 2005 debut, Silent Alarm. Locals the Burning Hotels open, a perfect sonic pairing.
DJ Mr. Rid Monday, December 10, at Double Wide, Free Since 1984, Mark Ridlen, better known as DJ Mr. Rid, has been actively churning out dance jams in Dallas. Catch him at Double Wide tonight, and dance away your weekday blues, at no cost to you.
Bomb the Music Industry!, New Science Projects, The Happy Alright Wednesday, December 12, at Dada, $8 Brooklyn-based punk group Bomb the Music Industry! will headline a night of loud, unrelenting punk and "hardgaze," as they call it. The band is known for their strong DIY ethic, and have released most of their material for free. See them with Dale Jones, lead singer of the experimental folk-punk band New Science Projects, who transitioned from a solo artist to a full band last year. The crazy, war-painted musician has only upped the ante since doing so. Some call it avant garde, some call it riddled with angst, but it's definitely louder. See them at Dada with Dallas' young pop-punk trio The Happy Alright.
This Season's Color, The Great American Challenge, Savage and the Big Beat, Daniel Folmer Wednesday, December 12, at Hailey's Club, $8/$10 Drive out to Denton this week for a mixed bag of local and touring talent. Lexington, Kentucky's This Season's Color has a cinematic sound that merges ambiance with hardcore. Co-headlining is a touring band called The Great American Challenge, a quartet out of Waco. If you're into spreading local love, come see Savage and the Big Beat, the pop trio that brought you Jurassic Park: The Musical, and just released their latest EP, Love and Hunting. Come early for Daniel Folmer, who will be playing a stripped-down set with multi-instrumentalist Taylor Sims.
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Ishi Thursday, December 13, at Good Records, Free Ishi is about to release a second full-length, Digital Wounds, and they've gained a lot of momentum since opening for headliners like New Order and Of Montreal. See them in a much more low-key setting, while it's still cheap, and they're still local.