Daniel Markham dropped his fifth full-length project on Halloween. Pretty Bitchin’ joined the 2014 local music scene without much fanfare. After playing with guitarist Ryan Thomas Becker, bassist Tony Ferraro and drummer Grady Don Sandlin for the last two-and-a-half years, Markham’s outfit has a record full of solid songwriting and assured ensemble playing.
Cornell Hurd brings his western swing, classic and boogie woogie to Dan’s Silverleaf at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. The Austin band leader has been shaking sawdust off of boots since 1997. After Hurd swings, Denton’s Stage Fright -- Grady Don Sandlin, Ryan Thomas Becker and Tony Ferraro and guests -- perform the music of The Band starting at 9 p.m.
Foxcatcheris hard to embrace. The new film from director Bennett Miller lacks any humor, and it never falsely strains to engage viewers. Few of its characters are even remotely likable. But it’s impossible not to be swept up in its narrative, right up until its slowly building, explosive finale.
The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first Horrible Bosses, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in Horrible Bosses 2 as hopeful inventors. “Let’s bet on ourselves,” they tell each other, making a clearly questionable wager. They go into business with a bath product dubbed “Shower Buddy,” and with their abysmal guest spot on a morning show promoting it, it’s clear they may have backed the wrong horse.
An Elephant, Fishboy’s new album and book about the ghost of a pachyderm, is a study in the 12 stages of revenge — where Stage 1 is the bloodthirsty desire to avenge your death; Stage 10 is forgiveness, paving the way for the final stage, redemption; and Stage 5 is revulsion and disgust over discovering that your body’s been repurposed as an electrical vessel to keep Thomas Alva Edison alive.
An Oklahoma couple grapples with the suicide of their openly gay son in Broken Heart Land. The University of North Texas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Studies Program will screen the 2014 documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 184 in UNT’s Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at 1155 Union Circle.
The Dark Path Haunt is a new attraction that transforms an outdoor trail, a Denton County legend, mythical creatures and infamous killers into a realistic terror-fest. It’s Friday night, roughly 9 p.m. I’m spending the weekend alone; my girlfriend is out of town. I head out to the haunt.
The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. They invented the word “creepy” for that smile, a goofy, confident grin that reaches its full breadth just when you’re starting to realize how deranged this guy really is.