8/18: Mos Def, Mummies, and Garage Rock

GET LIT: It makes sense that only one degree of separation stands between Brooklyn-born rapper Mos Def and a Pulitzer. Mos acted in Suzan Lori Parks' racially charged "Top Dog/Underdog" on Broadway in 2002, the year the play won the prize, but his own poetry is pretty ambitious itself. He raps about artistic fuel from "watching asphalt and observing the Sabbath" on his latest, "The Ecstatic", which he stops at House of Blues in support of tonight. With Jay Electronica, 8PM.

THE NEW ZOMBIES: Learning mode is easy to slip back into with R.L. Stine writing the curriculum. And taking your kids to see a Goosebumps triple-feature about the discovery of an Egyptian tomb will cement your status as coolest summer teacher ever, especially since the screening's at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Line 'em up for the the hour-long set "Goosebumps: Return of the Mummy" at 6PM.

THE NEW AUSTIN: If you think "the Austin sound" still means barbequed country-blues, we're pleased to share that the latest batch of good music from the city has moved from the front porch to the garage. Harlem is the newest fuzz-obsessed band to emerge from the city's scene with critical acclaim and a spot on Matador's roster. The sometimes-duo is known for crunching small venues with a raucous live show. With White Drugs and The Frustrations at Rubber Gloves, 9PM.

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