Well, all right! Tonight's the night: We're finally starting to feel the effects of Super Bowl XLV in tonight's goings-on in the form of two pretty major concerts. But for those local die-hards hoping to avoid the madness, there are still some other fine options.
Just be sure to be careful out there: The roads are still pretty slick in spots -- and at least one show, Seth Walker's gig at Poor David's Pub, has already been canceled as a result.
The Flaming Lips, Neon Indian, New Fumes at The Palladium Ballroom
Sponsored by Jack Daniels and KTCK-1310 AM The Ticket, this Super Bowl kickoff party is easily the highlight of the evening. Not much more can be said about The Flaming Lips other than you just have to see them live. The band has deservedly become the stuff of indie-rock legend; it's not difficult to think of the band as a performance art troupe rather than a rock band. Having Neon Indian play support is certainly a way to attract an even younger (and hipper) crowd to The Flaming Lips' warped psychedelia. Recent Good Records Recordings signee New Fumes will open the show.
Kid Rock, Duran Duran, Jason Derulo at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
This official, NFL-sanctioned kickoff jam features Mr. Bawitdaba, a couple of dudes who are hungry like wolves and a guy that got big by sampling Imogen Heap in a very varied bill. Not need to drive out to the show if you want to see it, though -- it'll also be broadcast on VH1 tonight at 8.
Seryn at Lochrann's Irish Pub in Frisco
Denton folk outfit Seryn is at the front of everyone's mind these days, thanks to the release of their debut full-length release, This Is Where We Are. Andy Odom recently caught up with the band to discuss the new album. This will serve as one of a handful of CD release shows they've got scheduled around the region this weekend.
Nicholas Altobelli, Bravo, Max!, Becky Middleton at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
A nice trio of locals performs tonight at Dan's. Nicholas Altobelli's improvement as a songwriter has brought him from a fairly decent Ryan Adams impersonator to one of the best tunesmiths in town. Bravo, Max! -- in spite of a terrible name -- seems to be one of the up-and-coming indie bands on the scene. The band's debut full length is due out in March, and the early returns are strong.
DISCIPLINE at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton
Rodrigo Diaz recently put the spotlight on this new DJ event, which he says is well worth your attendance while.