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Thursday To-Do: Skillet

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SKILLET
6:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $10-$15.

Contemporary Christian rock has come a long way since the days of Petra. Goodbye cheesy riffage and terribly earnest lyrics. Hello ambiguous messages and modern rock as tuneful (or depending on your persuasion, tuneless) as the heathens'. Consider the title track from Memphis' Skillet, “Comatose”: “I hate feeling like this/I'm so tired of trying to fight this/I'm asleep and all I dream of/is waking to you/Tell me that you will listen/Your touch is what I'm missing.” See that slight of hand? Taken in the context of the band's Christian roots, it's clearly about yearning for Jesus' love. Without that background, to any old casual radio listener, it's another love-sick anthem. Either way, expect lots of young folks singing along. Dallas alt-metal band Fair to Midland opens with local act Kingsdown, which plays an epic brand of alt-rock.

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