Manic Monday: Five Awesome Shows To Get Your Week Started Off Just Right.


Quite the extra busy start to the week we have here. Gotta be something for just about everyone music wise this particular evening...

Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
Although the music of California's Deftones has often been described as metal, there are plenty of other interesting things going on in the songs of this talented six-piece. For over two decades, Chino Moreno has led this band into explorations of hip-hop, progressive rock and nearly everything in between. Not all of it works, but the experimentation is admirable. Also on tonight's bill is New Jersey's The Dillinger Escape Plan, an intense five-piece that always seems on the verge of imploding on stage. If all that sounds like fun to you, then head to Grand Prairie tonight. And, for God's sake, bring some earplugs.

Beirut and Twin Sister at the South Side Music Hall
After Zachary Francis Condon formed the project five years ago, Beirut has grown from a living room solo project into a full-blown band in what's seemed like minutes. Combining indie rock with Eastern European folk music, Beirut was basically guaranteed a hipster audience from the get-go. It doesn't hurt that Condon writes great songs and is about as prolific as anyone from New Mexico has a right to be. Like the band itself, the guy's muse appears to be ever-expanding. Who knows what else this guy has up his sleeve?

Times New Viking, Crystal Antlers and Hardin' Sweaty & The Ready to Go at Dada
Seems like Times New Viking comes through the region fairly often, doesn't it? Sure. But so what? Lo-fi indie rock this charming and kickass doesn't present itself all that often. Let's just count our collective blessings that Times New Viking's touring schedule leads them to North Texas this frequently. Also appearing tonight is California's Crystal Antlers, a nice six-piece with a new effort, called Two-Way Mirror, just about to hit the streets. Hopefully, it will be as wonderful as 2009's Tentacles.

Origin of [M], The Slowmotions, Crazy Spirit and Wild Tribe at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton
Featuring two Japanese punk acts alongside two American purveyors of noise, this show has the D.I.Y feel of the early '80s. Hailing from Hiroshima, Origin of [M] makes a racket comparable to that of legendary D.C. punks Minor Threat and State of Alert. Always nice to know that such a noisy and disrespectful spirit still resonates some 30 years after the fact. Meanwhile, Fort Worth's Wild Tribe starts things off tonight with a bit more structure and speed, but the influences are pretty much the same. These crazy punk bands just seems to never go away.

Revocation, Burying the Trend and Bear Witness at Trees
If gas money makes heading out to Grand Prairie and catching Deftones too expensive of an option, Dallas metalheads can stay in town and check out Revocation at Trees. Hailing out of Boston, Revocation are one of the best of the new breed of thrash metal bands. Extremely proficient on their instruments, this intense trio can sometimes be too complex for its own good. Revocation's newest effort, Chaos of Forms, is all sound and fury that nearly signifies nothing but its own manual dexterity. Me? I prefer give me a riff that I can hang onto. But heads will certainly bang at this show -- just in some bizarre time signature that about three people in the audience will understand.


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