Well, there's no dearth of options this evening as far as live entertainment is concerned. As noted by contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser in his feature, shape-shifting Brooklyn punks The Men (whose Open Your Heart crept into my personal faves last year) will be performing at The Stone Fox with local possum-prone power-punks Diarrhea Planet. As also noted by Goose in a different feature, Mississippi transplants The Weeks will celebrate the release of their brand-new Dear Bo Jackson at Grimey's (6 p.m.). You've also got Little Big Town's sold-out show at the Ryman, with on-the-rise songstress Kacey Musgraves opening up.
Last but not least, the southpaw sultan of shredding — and there can be only one, of course, since Jimi is no longer with us — will transform Mercy Lounge into a SoCal tiki bar, drowned in 'verbed-out sounds and West Coast vibes. I'm speaking, obviously, about surf-rock originator Dick Dale. Contributor Randy Fox penned a Critic's Pick for us. Let's go trippin' on that:v
At the age of 75, Dick Dale is still going strong, demonstrating on a regular basis just how he earned his title as “King of the Surf Guitar.” But don’t expect an oldies act when he takes the stage. The willfulness and iconoclastic attitude that drove him musically and technologically (he was an innovator of electric guitar in the early 1960s) is still there after five decades of some of the fastest picking on the thickest guitar strings known to man. Sure, he’ll probably play his most famous numbers like “Miserlou,” and “Let’s Go Tripping,” but the show you’ll see is the show that Dick Dale wants you to see, and what else would you expect from a king? With local surf-popsters *repeat, repeat along for the ride, prepare yourself for maximum reverbification. —RANDY FOX