Tonight, Tonight: The Futureheads at The Loft, Lissie at The Granada and Peelander-Z at Rubber Gloves

Back to work and our area is still being affected by ACL spillover. So rest assured: Whatever Monday blues you may be suffering from, it be cured by heading out this evening to one of these fine shows.

The Futureheads, Young the Giant and The So So Glos at The Loft
England's The Futureheads are often described as a post-punk band, and I guess that will do in a pinch. Songs like "Heartbeat Song" and "I Wouldn't Be Like This If You Were Here" have an aggressiveness that may recall The Ramones or The Undertones. But The Futureheads are far less dour than most post-punk bands. Ross Millard and the rest of this snappy quartet play simple and smart music that gets to the point quickly and ends without overstepping its range. Young the Giant are a California quintet that adds an element of jazz to the indie rock proceedings. The band's recently issued debut features the talents of singer Sameer Gadhia, a guy with a mistake free falsetto that will certainly get your attention. Starting things off tonight with be Brooklyn's The So So Glows, a noise-punk quartet that features two real brothers and another step brother. Family ties aside, The So So Glows could well be the best band on this talented bill. Get to The Loft early and see if you agree.

Lissie, Dylan LeBlac and Trey Johnson at The Granada
Lissie, aka Elisabeth Maurus, is a talented folk rock chanteuse originally from Illinois. Well-suited to the NPR crowd, Lissie's music is nonetheless a fairly engaging listen. Her major label debut, Catching the Tiger, has set many critical tongues a-wagging with its charming mix of rock, pop and country. Compared to this evening's headliner, Louisiana's Dylan LeBlanc is from the other side of the tracks entirely. Earthy and ethereal, LeBlanc wears his Neil Young influence on his sleeve. Hell, even Leblanc's recently issued debut, Paupers Field, features longtime Neil Young associate Emmylou Harris. But the guy has decent songwriting chops that are best displayed on cuts like "Emma Hartley" and "If The Creek Don't Rise." Dallas' own Trey Johnson will get the Americana groove started off in the right direction on this appealing triple bill.

Peelander-Z, The Mustache Club and We Are Brothers at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
For something completely different, we have Peelander-Z, a New York-by-way-of-Japan quartet that could very easily fall into the performance art category. Incorporating wrestling and human bowling into the performance, Peelander-Z is sort of like The Blue Man Group on a steady diet of hallucinogens. Local oddballs The Mustache Club should provide like-minded support.

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