Don’t Miss This Shit is our weekly installment of live music events happening in and around Denton. We’re proud to keep you up to date with acts from the festival and some of our local favorites as well. We want you to be connected to all of the best shows happening in our area, all of the time. Period.
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Monday January 25
Dan’s Silver Leaf – Paul Slavens and Friends – 9 p.m.
Paul Slavens is no stranger to Dan’s Silver Leaf. You can catch this incredibly talented KXT Host and Ten Hands member make up songs on the fly based on audience suggestions. If you haven’t seen Paul perform, treat yourself to a magical Monday night. Show is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
J&J’s Pizza on the Square – Corusco feat. Prism Cloud, Walking Misery, TALL – 9 p.m.
Make Monday a little less manic by shoving endless slices of delicious pizza in your mouth while listening to the melodic sounds of Corusco. This post-grad indie band is “trying to find the balance between joy and sorrow” through song on their Fight Like Hell Tour. Joining is Dallas dream-rock band Prism Cloud along with Walking Misery and TALL.
Wednesday January 27
J&J’s Pizza on the Square – James the Fang, Fishboy, Ryan Thomas Becker – 7 p.m.
Paying homage to country, folk and rock n’ roll, James the Fang and Serious Sam Barnett bring the best parts of bluegrass to the Old Dirty Basement, and it’s BYOJ (Bring Your Own Jug.) Promising to put the dance in your pants is Denton indie rock band Fishboy and local legend Ryan Thomas Becker — named Best Guitar Player by the Dallas Observer. Party with pizza and magic melodies! Show is free, but donations for the touring band are greatly appreciated.
RGRS – Neil Coburn, Amendable, C.J. Boyd, Baby Blood – 9 p.m.
Set the mood and join Rubber Gloves for a night of alluring ambient music. Neil Coburn has been deemed a true guitar wizard, delivering spacey experimental sounds to each and every stage he graces. Showcasing their complementary atmospheric tones, Amendable, C.J. Boyd (a low-end vagabond on a perpetual U.S. and European tour) and Baby Blood join this unforgettable lineup. All ages. Tickets are $1/$3.
Thursday January 28
Pick up the pieces of your downtrodden Thursday with this bill of ska/punk bands. Denton’s female-fronted Madaline brings the energetic sounds of ska and pop-punk to the stage, hosting Kill Liberal — a dirty-punk/ska band from San Antonio on their way home from a West Coast tour. Supporting the stage will be The Faps. Don’t miss this night of rowdy riff-raffs and rambling razzmatazz. All ages. $8/$10.
J&J’s Pizza on the Square – The Soap, Playlists, Field Guide, William Austin Clay – 8:30 p.m.
Discover the multifaceted sounds of The Soap, an experimental alt band from Greenville, South Carolina. Sharing the spotlight is Playlists — basement bop from our very own Denton. Field Guide and William Austin Clay accompany the bill with plenty of dreamy tunes. So, get ready for a night of oohs and ahhs and a belly full of pizza to boot! Free.
Dan’s Silver Leaf – El Trio Grande with Jesse Dayton, Mike Stinson and John Evans – 9 p.m.
Jesse Dayton, who has built a cult following around the globe, brings his country infused Americana sound to the stage along with Mike Stinson and John Evans as El Trio Grande. Dayton has played alongside country legends such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Stinson, who wrote Dwight Yoakam’s “Late Great Golden State,” was described by Billboard Magazine as the king of the neo-honky-tonkers. Put on your boots and scoot on over to Dan’s for this all-ages show. Tickets are available via www.prekindle.com. $10.
Friday January 29
Voertman’s Gallery – Displacement – 6 p.m.
Kick off your weekend creatively at Voertman’s Gallery for Displacement, an artistic exploration of the relationship between individuals and objects that have been removed or replaced. This exhibition allows a dozen talented artists to explore the distance between the initial and final position through science, culture and psychology.
Campus Theatre – Denton Black Film Festival – 1 p.m.
The Denton Black Film Festival is back! End the month with a weekend full of music, art and poetry held at the Campus Theatre and surrounding venues. One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Denton Black Film Festival will host 29 film screenings. Expand and explore and don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate black culture here in Denton, TX. Full details are available on www.dentonbff.com.
Andy’s Bar – Felt & Fur, Psychic Killers, Flesh Narc, Pleasure Principle – 9 p.m.
Fade into Friday with a night of psych-synth at Andy’s Bar. This doom-disco, funeral-pop, space-rock group falls along the likeness of Cocteau Twins and Indian Jewelry. Psychic Killers, Flesh Narc and Pleasure Principle join the party. This is a bill not to be missed! 21+ only. $5.
Dan’s Silver Leaf – Dirty River Boys – 9 p.m.
Procuring the sound and texture delivered by the realities of the small west Texas town they call home, the Dirty River Boys bring heart and soul to the stage. Infusing traditional folk and bluegrass with a hint of classic rock, this harmonious trio brings their unique style of music and lively presence to one of the best rooms in Denton. Tickets for this all-ages show are available via www.prekindle.com for $10.
RGRS – Wild Bill’s Birthday Bash – 9 p.m.
Make Friday fierce and ferocious and come celebrate Wild Bill’s birthday at Denton’s beloved Rubber Gloves. Featuring performances by J Wave, Trey Detroit, MZ Bossy, Wild Bill himself and many more, this almost untamable bill also brings you Campaign Season’s Mixtape Release. Naturally, cheap whiskey and beer will be ever-flowing, so don’t miss your chance to start the weekend off right.
Double Wide – Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band), Claire Morales – 9 p.m.
Guy Blakeslee, of The Entrance Band, delivers his first solo album in 10 years. Ophelia Slowly — which was produced by Chris Coady of Beach House and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs — delves into a spooky yet dreamy state that complements his elegiac vocals. Claire Morales, who has recently been performing Harmony in Hell with Daniel Markham, joins this electric show with her harmonious spirited-folk jams. 21+ only. Tickets are available on www.transmissionsdallas.queueapp.com.
Saturday January 30
Audacity Brew House – Chili Cook Off – 3 p.m.
We can’t think of a better way to spend Saturday than eating the best chili in Denton and drinking some of the best beer north Texas has to offer — all while supporting a great cause. A mere $20 gets you 10 tasting bowls and 2 beers (or sodas) from Audacity Brew House. All proceeds will go to support St. David of Wales’ community outreach programs — a local leader in providing food for the homeless. We can drink to that! Can you? Tickets are available on www.audacitybrewhouse.com.
J&J’s Pizza on the Square – Free Punk/Ska Show! – 7 p.m.
Promising a night of feasting and music you’ll never forget, The Lackeys host The Wife and Kids along with Shaka, Evantonx and Moist at J&J’s. Delivering riotous sounds of punk and ska, this show is guaranteed to be rowdy. Plus, it doesn’t get much better than with the best pizza in town and a free show in the Old Dirty Basement.
Mable Peabody’s – Mable Peabody’s Turn About Show and Fundraiser – 7 p.m.
It’s that time of year again! Mable Peabody’s host their annual Turn About Show and Fundraiser, where the tables have turned and the bartenders and bar regulars perform for you. Hosted by the fabulous Lemme Addams, raffle tickets will be sold for awesome prizes such as T-shirts, gift certificates and more! All money raised will go towards building a new stage and other odds and ends. With show-stopping performances through acts of drag, burlesque, singing, magic and more, this will be a thrilling night of fun. Check out the Facebook event page for additional details.
Dan’s Silver Leaf – John Wesley Coleman, Cory Patrick Coleman, Mountain Air – 9 p.m.
Self-proclaimed “trash poet” John Wesley Coleman has created an innovative set by incorporating indie rock sounds with witty storytelling. His latest album, Greatest Hits, is a melting-pot of songs — each sounding completely different — which reflects his struggle to bridge new and old ideas. Accompanying him, Denton’s own Cory Patrick Coleman — of A.M. Ramblers and Hares on the Mountain — delivers his ever-morphing translations of folk, country and bootgaze to the stage. Mountain Air opens. 21+ only. Tickets are $10 and available on www.prekindle.com.
RGRS – Transcend Episode 3: Laser Worship – 9 p.m.
Cerulean Giallo was slotted to headline this showcase, but it looks like they’re having to reschedule their last show for a later date. But that doesn’t mean this show won’t be anything short of amazing. Psychic Killers brings their darkwave, experimental noise band to Rubber Gloves. Joining them is esoteric power of Filth and Mickey Mantle—an Alice-In-Chains-inspired baseball-themed band. We’re into that. $5/$7.
Sunday January 31
Nasher Sculpture Center – In/Verse Looped at Chalet Dallas – 2 p.m.
The Nasher Sculpture Center and WordSpace invite you to In/Verse Looped at Chalet Dallas. Featuring poetry by Lauren Belmore, Tamitha Curiel and Courtney Marie, Looped offers poems being simultaneously broadcast through headphones and translated as visual installation. Complimentary admission available through the Chalet Corner Gallery door. RSVP to email@example.com.
J&J’s Pizza on the Square – Jeffus in the Old Dirty Basement – 7 p.m.
Jeff Jeffus returns to Denton after a 10-year excursion. After traveling the globe for more than 20 years, this award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and poet brings his unique brand of folk and rock to J&J’s basement. His soulful sounds are guaranteed to swoon you. Great for fans of Joseph Arthur. Find tickets at www.jandjpizzadenton.com.
RGRS – Free Throw, Young and Heartless, Sinai Vessel, Biographies – 7 p.m.
Free Throw refers to themselves as “five dudes in a van trying to play shows, drink beer and make friends.” We welcome this self-proclaimed Drake of punk from Nashville to the Rubber Gloves stage, along with the dreamy indie rock sounds of Young and Heartless (hailing from Pennsylvania) and Sinai Vessel (North Carolina). Denton’s own experimental indie rock band Biographies opens. All ages. Tickets are available via www.ticketfly.com. $8/$10.