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Music for the apocalypse: 4 Dallas-Fort Worth concerts to celebrate the end of the world

True Widow
True Widow is ready for a cold apocalypse. Photo courtesy of True Widow
Shiny Around the Edges
Shiny Around the Edges wants to tidy up before the apocalypse. Photo by Pete Salisbury
Kyle Park
Kyle Park is happy about the apocalypse. Photo courtesy of Kyle Park

For thousands of years, December 21, 2012 has been pinpointed as a possible date of destruction, thanks to our Mayan predecessors. Will the next day or two show their calendar to be spot on? Who knows? We’re not here to judge whether it’s a valid calendar or not.

One thing that we all know, however, is that the most important part of 12-21-12 is that it falls on a Friday. So, it may or may not be the end of the world, but there’s no arguing that it’s the end of the work week for many folks out there. Here are a few great concerts to go to, whether society is crumbling around you or you are simply trying to shake off the stress of this week’s TPS reports.

This Will Destroy You, True Widow at Granada Theater
Although many concerts on this night will have a party theme and atmosphere, this is the one that might best serve as an actual soundtrack to the world ending. The slow, sludgy rhythm of True Widow’s self-proclaimed “stonegaze” sound and the dark, sinister orchestration of This Will Destroy You’s latest material — from their menacing masterpiece Tunnel Blanket — are tailor-made for such an event. It’s been sung that cities were built on rock and roll, but if this concert has anything to say about it, the world will be torn down by it.

Kyle Park at Billy Bob’s Texas
In a polar opposite approach to that of the Granada, the world’s largest honky-tonk is going out with good-time vibes and carnival-like atmosphere. Texas singer-songwriter Kyle Park headlines The Last Party on Earth, which also includes tattoo artists and other end-of-the-world types of fun.

Shiny Around the Edges, Def Rain at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
The smoky but comfy confines of the classic Denton venue might be the best place to say goodbye to the earth. The Apocalypse Party features Shiny Around the Edges on what is more or less their home stage, showcasing material from their fantastic new album, The Night is a Disco. It’s a single dollar to get in if you’re over 21, so you can have some dough left over if, by some chance, we all wake up on Saturday and the world’s still here.

Hillbilly Orchestra, Big Okie Doom, Little Green Men at Rail Club
With band names that are perhaps more freakishly appropriate than the bands performing at the Granada Theater, this metal club is completely apocalypse-ready. The End of the World Party (Mongo’s Reunion) is set to be a loud, gnashing-of-teeth throwdown. It’s not unreasonable to assume that if the world does begin to end on this night, the destruction may very well start at the Rail Club.

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