TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $12 adv., $15 day of.
One gets the feeling that the dudes in Texas Hippie Coalition named the band that not so much on account of they're all about peace, love and patchouli, but because the initials are THC. And while they might share thick clouds of dank with their pacifistical namesakes, don't get to thinking that you're in for some kinda sunshine and warm fuzzies and organic vegan armpit nugget loaf and herbal tea from Whole Foods. No, these dudes are more like a greasy tamale followed by a shot of habanero vodka chased with a swift kick to the crotch. They've got three albums out of what they've described as "red dirt metal." But just in case that description doesn't do it for you, I came up with a pretty simple formula that I think expresses the THC worldview succinctly: Pantera x ZZ Top / Alice in Chains + Toby Keith + Motorhead's fashion sense = Texas Hippie Coalition. "Turn it Up" is a total strip-joint anthem about a preacher's daughter who finds means of employment outside of the flock. Just try to listen to this track and not picture a gal named Stormy wearing clear heels and a smile, tossing her bleach-fried locks to and fro. Or try blasting "Pissed Off and Mad About It" without getting, well, pissed off and mad about it. This show is 18-and-older.
7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $10.
Veteran thrashers Living Sacrifice, one of Arkansas's longest-running metal bands, have, aside from a five-year hiatus last decade, spent years churning out increasingly complex math-y metalcore. It there's another more widely critically respected Christian metal band, then I've never heard of them. This is a release show for "Ghost Thief," the band's eighth studio album. The title is "a reference to the personification of Death," co-founder and guitarist/vocalist Bruce Fitzhugh recently told metal news site Blabbermouth. "Depending on the circumstance, death can be greeted as an enemy or a friend. We have a few songs that deal with the suddenness and finality of death. 'Ghost Thief' and 'Sudden' both are inspired by people who died suddenly and unexpectedly. Friends of ours or family members that we were close to."
Heavy subject matter indeed. It's definitely worth noting that this will be one of a handful of the last shows ever at Downtown Music Hall. Owner Samantha Allen announced last month that the all-ages venue would be closing. It's definitely a bummer for the metal, hip-hop and dance music communities, as Downtown Music was a vital hub for all of those scenes. But it looks like the venue will go out with a bang. Also performing at this show will be psych-metal overlords Rwake, hardcore maniacs God City Destroyers, Fayetteville prog-thrashers Terminus and Little Rock metalcore crew Descended from Wolves.
FRIDAY 12/6-SATURDAY 12/7
'SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL'
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $16-$20.
The Weekend Theater continues to follow its mission of socially relevant theater even in the holiday season with a production of "Scrooge! The Musical." Charles Dickens' holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" is about as timeless and universally familiar as they come, but its message is probably something we could all use a reminder of every once in a while: There are things that are infinitely more important than the maniacal pursuit of the almighty buck. "This whole story was written because of Dickens' concern about the way the poor were treated, based on his experiences as a child," director Andy Hall said in a press release. "There really is a lot of meat under the fluff." The Weekend Theater's production runs through Dec. 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.