B-Movie Bingo: Mortal Kombat
Your monthly opportunity to literally check off a bingo card full of B-movie clichés! This month: A film that is arguably the best entry in Paul W.S. Anderson's filmography and probably still the best direct video-game adaptation in film history—which says way more about the absolutely dogshit state of that subgenre than it does the quality of Mortal Kombat. The fighting game was (is) a janky, ugly mess that gets by on a combination of gormless charm and ultraviolence. The movie is also janky and ugly, liberally smeared in that turd-colored shine exclusive to '90s-era CGI, but it gets by on the charm of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung, Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage (he punches a four-armed diaper-muppet in the dick!) and—most importantly—the cheesy, sanity-crushing might of its theme song, which started looping in your head the second you read the words "Mortal" and "Kombat" less than a minute ago. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Swearin', Mike Krol
Swearin’ hasn’t released new music in five years. The no-frills Philadelphia rock band took a break after members Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride broke up in 2015, and in 2017 Crutchfield released the cathartic solo record Tourist in This Town, which displays new layers to her songwriting. But the rock ’n’ roll bug proved hard to resist—earlier this year Crutchfield and Gillbride reconvened Swearin’ and opened some shows for Superchunk. The plot has thickened, as the band continues to tour and plans to release a new album called Fall into the Sun on Merge Records in October. It’s exciting news for those who like their rock music of the meat-and-potatoes variety, with a heavy dollop of hooks and shout-along choruses. And let’s be honest—if you’re not one of these people, you may wanna get your pulse checked. MARK LORE
9 pm, Doug Fir, $12-14
Givers, Naughty Palace
Louisiana pop crew Givers’ last release was 2015’s sprawling New Kingdom, an album of grandiose symphony-pop decadence that was a sharp departure from the nuanced world-beat of their 2011 debut, In Light. Givers’ ability to stand out from similarly rising artists (like Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors) is likely the culprit for such a marked U-turn on their sophomore record. A new release appears imminent, as well as a return to the intricate dynamism of their debut, as heard on the band’s two new singles, “Collide” and “Love Is Like a Fire,” both of which smolder within the confines of tasteful disco-pop, showcasing vocalist Tiffany Lamson’s fiery range, as well as the band’s collective background in jazz, zydeco, and other New Orleans-bred genres. NED LANNAMANN
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $15
Nick Mulvey, Ida Mae
The English singer/songwriter who studied music in Havana, Cuba and payed in the Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet brings his solo stuff to Mississippi Studios for a headlining show supporting his 2017 album, Wake Up Now.
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15
In Post-Truth, Lee McIntyre takes a look at the recent rise of "alternative facts" and "fake news" and offers suggestions on how to counter this troubling development.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free
Jazz in the Garden: Yissy Garcia
This week's set at the Lan Su's summer concert series features an explosion of percussion and power via Cuban jazz drummer Yissy Garcia, whose style has made her a chosen collaborator of artists including Jane Bunnett and Esperanza Spalding.
7:30 pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden, $40-45
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