Plan on plenty of mind-expanding sounds Thursday at Lola's Saloon. The lineup is loaded with talent, including Fort Worth's Madras (seriously, if you haven't checked out the duo's debut LP, thingscanchange, you're missing out), as well as the psyched-out Year of the Bear (which features former Lift to Experience bassist Josh Browning among its members) and Mailman, which changed its name from Universal Cat Killer this year. The music gets going at 10 p.m. Cover is $6 for the 21-and-up folks, $10 for those under 21.
A quick PSA: There's been a rash of thefts befalling local musicians lately. It's difficult enough to make a living as a musician as it is, so it doesn't help when your gear or your personal belongings get jacked by jerks. Jeff Dazey, who blows sax for a fistful of great area bands, including Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors, Gunga Galunga and Dazey Chain, had his horn stolen a couple weeks ago, but good-hearted folks quickly set up a PayPal account to chip in for a new instrument for him
(the account has since been closed). Sam Anderson, a part of Quaker City Night Hawks and Epic Ruins, as well as a solo artist, had nearly everything he owns stolen from in front of his house July Fourth. Anderson displayed remarkable equanimity about the ordeal, but still -- if you're out and about at a gig featuring one of these fellas, chip in a little extra in the tip jar. It's hard out there for a musician.