It was an all-too-perfect venue choice for Shannon, whose career has largely been spent playing roles that can best be described as "creepy." In person, he's much more animated than his "Boardwalk Empire" character Nelson Van Alden (less sleeping with Paz, too). He's a bundle of nerves, constantly fidgeting and looking like he wants to accomplish 12 things at once. That energy translates to his four-piece band, too, where he sings and plays guitar (and a mini-accordion for one song). Corporal gives off a vibe of a bunch of guys who enjoy jamming in garages whenever everyone's in town, and their sound is a little bit Pavement, a little bit Silver Jews. So, Stephen Malkmus-y, but a bit darker and sung with more of a drawl.
Before hearing about the show, I didn't know that Shannon was even in a band, but now that I've seen him take a shot of whiskey before playing the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers," I'll never forget. Here are 10 other TV stars who you didn't know either were or are in bands.
Actor: Wilko Johnson
Character/Show: Ser Ilyn Payne, "Game of Thrones"
Band: Dr. Feelgood, then solo
Genre: U.K. pub rock
Actress: Natalia Tena
Character/Show: Osha, "Game of Thrones"
Band: Molotov Jukebox
Genre: Self-described "Afro-beat/Funk/Spanish pop"
Actor: Bill Paxton
Character/TV Show: Bill Henrickson, "Big Love"
Band: Martini Ranch
Genre: Goofy '80s new wave
Actor: Michael Cera
Character/Show: George Michael, "Arrested Development"
Band: Mister Heavenly (touring bassist only)
Genre: Indie pop
Actor: Lance Reddick
Character/Show: Cedric Daniels, "The Wire"
Band: Solo (not available on YouTube, but click here to listen)
Genre: Smooth jazz with extra smooth
Actor: Frankie Muniz
Character/Show: Malcolm, "Malcolm in the Middle"
Genre: Overproduced alt-rock, but with "pop sensibilities," I bet
Actor: Craig Robinson
Character/Show: Daryl, "The Office"
Band: The Nasty Delicious
Genre: Baby-making R&B
Actor: Ricky Gervais
Character/Show: David Brent, "The Office"
Band: Seona Dancing
Genre: Heartfelt new wave
Actor: Jeremy Sisto
Character/Show: George Altman, "Suburgatory"
Band: Escape Tailor
Genre: Homeless clown acoustic-rock
Actor: Michael Pitt
Character/Show: Jimmy Darmody, "Boardwalk Empire"
Genre: Grunge revivalists
And more pictures from Michael Shannon's show last night: