It's a busy Wednesday evening that features a rescheduled arena show, two great club performances and a local bill that will definitely have the oddest fashion sense out of all of these options...
Linkin Park, Circa Survive and Paper Tongues at the American Airlines Center
For well over a decade, Linkin Park has been a critical punching bag. Seems most rock critics didn't enjoy the band's mix of alternative rock, rap and metal. But Chester Bennington and crew have had the last laugh by selling over 50 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards. But perhaps the criticism finally got to Linkin Park -- the band's last couple of records have moved away from the nu-metal sound of the past. 2007's Minutes to Midnight was produced by Rick Rubin and featured mature lyrical themes that seemed plagiarized from another band. And last year's A Thousand Suns stands as a concept record about nuclear war. Who knew these guys had it in them? Tonight's show was rescheduled after Bennington got sick, but such may prove better for all involved as Prodigy was dropped from the opening slot in favor of Circa Survive and Paper Tongues. Philadelphia's Circa Survive is a very interesting choice, seeing that the band's progressive rock is miles from anything Linkin Park have done or are currently doing.
GalleryCat, Jailhouse Monkeys and Multi-ID at Club Dada
Things seem to keep getting better and better for GalleryCat's Angelo Gonzales. Throughout 2010, the guy got a lot of love from just about every local press outlet, and now Gonzales has made the decision to forgo recording any more albums (for now) and go strictly live. That decision means folks need to head out to Dada this evening and catch the guy's totally original sound and live show. Gonzales is simply one of the few area performers who literally creates his own scene. The guy's slacker chic is simply infectious.
Sic Alps, Cave and Kaboom at Hailey's Club in Denton
California's Sic Alps are a wonderfully demented trio who revel in the sheer bliss of unadulterated noise. Along with such freethinkers as No Age and Times New Viking, Sic Alps takes the sonic experiments of Sonic Youth and turns them up to 11. Also on this earsplitting bill is Chicago's Cave, a band that takes the idea of the psychedelic drone to new (and louder) levels. And starting things off will be Denton's Kaboom, a quartet of like-minded mind-benders who may just be the most intense act of the three who will be performing.
The Slackers, Bandulus and Rude King at The Loft
If you're in the mood for some ska, tonight's show at The Loft may be just the thing to get you up and dancing. The Slackers are from New York and have been doing the heavy duty rocksteady thing for going on two decades. Led by the debonair Vic Ruggiero, The Slackers are always an engaging live experience with a horn section that kicks serious ass. Same goes for Dallas' own Rude King. After moving to our area from Chicago, this powerful quintet has established itself as a solid concert draw and should give the headliners a run for their money.
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