The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 11/28-11/30

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Mike Brooks
A.Dd+'s Slim Gravy hosts the Crown & Harp anniversary party on Sunday (wrestling ring not included)
Wait a minute, what are you doing on the Internet today? Shouldn't you still be staying as far away from rest of the world as possible? Oh, right, it's Black Friday. So the whole family thing is kind of already out the window again, isn't it. In that case, there happens to be a whole bunch of concerts happening around Dallas this weekend (including one happening in the middle of Black Friday "festivities" at Good Records) that will help you forget that you were ever on a holiday -- if, that is, you didn't already sneak out of the house to hit the bars last night.

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Crown & Harp's Owners Have Seen a Lifetime of Changes in 18 Years on Lower Greenville

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Local music fans will likely pack Crown & Harp on Sunday to celebrate its 18th birthday

If you spend much time at Crown & Harp these days, chances are you tend to associate the place with Moody Fuqua. He's there pretty well every night, and while his job is technically general manager and talent buyer, you can often catch him slinging drinks behind the bar. Over the past couple years, Fuqua's had a big influence on the direction Crown & Harp has taken, right down to the recent renovations that include new carpet, new curtains and new hardwood floors upstairs.

If you've been around a little longer, you'll probably also remember the not-so-long-ago days when the divey little bar on Lower Greenville was known as The Cavern. But it may still be hard to believe that for the past 18 years the place has been under the same ownership, thanks to three guys who may be a little less familiar to regular customers: Cary Ray, Neil Connell and Jack Chaplin.


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DC9 at Night Mixtape with JV

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JV on the ones and twos

Jason Vasilas has been mixing it up on the decks under the alias JV for almost a decade and a half. With over 20 releases, all on vinyl, JV is another local vet with a significant body of work, but who is known and played mostly far outside of the city limits. Extremely prolific despite dealing with hearing loss in the form of tinnitus, JV is just as comfortable as a seasoned house DJ as he is as a producer, a fact that's on display in this week's mixtape. In the Q&A, JV goes into detail about his journey from music fan to full-fledged music artist and some of the obstacles he overcame to get there.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Thanksgiving

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Mike Brooks
Rev. Horton Heat returns to Trees for a special Thanksgiving performance

This week is all about family. It's great, really. Sure, there are always pitfalls to getting together with all the relatives, be it the in-laws or even just the immediate family. There's always those nightmarish "debates" about sex and politics, and if not then there's a lot of awkward silence. But oh well. Thanksgiving is great anyway.

For music fans, it's a time to give thanks for the folks that we spend much of our time with: the music community. Dallas isn't letting us down either, with a slew of great local shows by (mostly) local artists to help celebrate the scene and, in some cases, give back. We've pulled together a special guide of the best ones to help celebrate the holiday. Hell, if you want, you might even bring your chill aunt or uncle out on the town.


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Street Arabs Unleash Some Sick Moves on Ill Form

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Casey Kinney
The kids done growed up: Street Arabs channel a youthful energy on "Ill Form"
Street Arabs can seem like a deceptively simple band at first glance. If they are onstage and you just watch them long enough to buy a drink and go back out to the patio, their music could strike you as loud and raw, played by five scruffy looking guys who are having a blast. But you should watch the whole set, standing right in front of the stage; hell, move around a little. Beneath that scruffy exterior is a smart, unique band with a sophisticated sound.

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Suburbia Music Festival in Jeopardy as It Loses LiveNation Support [UPDATE]

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Apparently LiveNation wasn't as excited about Suburbia Festival as some of the fans were
Is the suburban dream already over? For festival organizers in Plano, it's certainly become much more of a long shot. After only its first year, the Suburbia Music Festival, held last May at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, has lost the support of festival organizer LiveNation. It's a blow to the city, who not only invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in making the event a reality but whom will now have to find a new name if they wish to carry on.

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Michael Gruber Puts a Dallas Spin on DJing Stars Hockey

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Mike Mezeul
When the action is intense at for the Dallas Stars, Michael Gruber sets the musical tempo
Going to a hockey game is fun for a lot of reasons: The breakneck pace of the game, the physical game play, the fights, the goals and the music. Let's face it: Hockey has always had a bit of a leg up on the other North American sports for music. While the hegemonic NFL uses a lot of Top 40 and classic stuff, the MLB uses a lot of corny stuff and brief walk-up music, the NBA uses some rap and some stock beats during possessions, the NHL has always been more dynamic. An NHL DJ needs music to play for the team on the power play and the penalty kill, during a fight, after the fight (if the home player wins or loses), if the home team scores a goal or if they allow a goal, and so on and so forth.

For as much nuance the game of hockey has, the craft of putting music to the game requires just as much, if not more nuance. You have to capture the emotions of the game and crowd into a song, for three periods and for a multitude of changing conditions. For Dallas Stars arena DJ Michael "Grubes" Gruber, this is his life.

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At Brass Tacks Barbershop, You Can Get a Haircut and See a Concert

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Jordan Mieth
At Brandon White's Brass Tacks, you can get a haircut and see a concert all the same time

Brass Tacks is a new barbershop in the heart of the Bishop Arts District that people actually enjoy waiting in. Grab a stool or relax in one of the ridiculously comfortable chairs, have a hot or cold beverage and watch a fun '90s film on the TV, something like Desperado or Batman Returns that you remember watching as a kid with your dad or grandfather, but hadn't thought about in years. With its gorgeous vintage chairs, dark wood finish and Art Deco sinks, the barber shop is its own little work of art.

But on the right day, Brass Tacks transforms from simply a stylish barbershop into something far more unusual -- say, a concert venue, as it did recently when Leon Bridges did an in-store performance. It's all part of the unique vision of owner Brandon White.


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Wesley Geiger Searches for Artistic Gold on Debut El Dorado

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Will Von Bolton
Wesley Geiger doesn't mind getting a little dark for the sake of his art

There is something almost magnetic about a good sad song. According to science, that irresistible attraction to songs that make us a little teary eyed comes from our brains' penchant for nostalgia. When we hear sad songs, we think of better times, and in turn actually end up happier than we were before. There's also a great deal of catharsis in listening to this music, something that Wesley Geiger is intimately familiar with.


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Denton Vet Chris Pickering Returns Home for Thanksgiving with Future Punx

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Heather Strange
Future Punx will be in North Texas for a pair of concerts this week

There is an undeniable American fascination towards New York City, and perhaps from the world, where everything and anything could be a cultural metaphor. For better or worse, the pulse of this metropolis continually re-kindles creativity in everything from cuisine to art to fashion. And music. One such band with roots in North Texas that felt the pull of the City That Never Sleeps is Future Punx.

"Where in Denton there's kind of a crowd of people that go to shows and there's shows that happen all the time, but there's pretty much one cool thing happening on any given night," says Chris Pickering, guitarist of Future Punx, who are based in Brooklyn. "But here, there's like a hundred cool things happening, like, every night."


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