Good Friday: Lions, Dustin Cavazos, Faster Pussycat, Daniel Folmer, Dove Hunter, Leon Russell
Tonight, as just mentioned, your options include: the Granada Theater's five-year anniversary party with Slobberbone, Macon Greyson and Danny Balis; the Old 97's and Telegraph Canyon gig at Bass Hall out in Fort Worth; and the Behind The Music-esque lineup of Cheap Trick, Def Leppard and Poison out at Superpages.com Center.
As for Saturday: Incubus and the very underrated The Duke Spirit play Superpages.com Center; Dungen, Matthew and The Arrogant Sea and Woods play The Loft; The River Mouth, Spooky Folk, Rio Rasco and Manned Missles play J&J's Pizza up in Denton; and Television City and others take to Alliance Skate Park in Grand Prairie.
And, finally, on Sunday: Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy will spit hot fire to cap off Superpages.com Center's busy weekend; and Captain Incredible and others take to Skillman Street Bar.
Now, onto some other top choices to fill out your calendar. As always, if you've got more shows worth mentioning that we don't get to, post 'em in the comments...
Lions, Hello Lover
Friday, Aug. 21, at The Double Wide
Those Austin fellers in Lions sure like playing Dallas, huh? Expect a boozy crowd at this one. And by "crowd," I mean self-proclaimed area "sex rock" outfit, Hello Lover. Them boys like the sauce.
Uzoy, Jackrabbit James, Hero The Savior, Dustin Cavazos, Ty City, J. Rhodes, DJ Killtron and DJ Fishr Pryce
Friday, Aug. 21, at The Lounge on Elm Street
This show, featuring a couple of our favorite bubbling-under area MCs (Dustin Cavazos, Ty City, J. Rhodes) and two of our favorite area DJs (Killtron and Fishr Pryce), is in celebration of area hip-hop promoter Greg Vigilante's birthday. Guy deserves it, too--his shows are one of the big factors behind the undergound hip-hop scene's survival of late.
Faster Pussycat, Bullet Boys, Bang Tango, Sister Sin, Swirl
Friday, Aug. 21, at Trees
In case you missed out on checking out Trees' updated look during last weekend's sold-out shows, I have a feeling you've got a solid chance of getting in tonight.
The Annex House presents Daniel Folmer and Jacob Metcalf
Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Lounge on Elm Street
Looks like the fellas at The Annex House were able to get a few venues interested in offering their booking services. This show at The Lounge comes in addition to the one the fellas threw on Thursday night at City tavern
Dove Hunter, Telegraph Canyon
Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Double Wide
In case Friday night's Bass Hall gig is a little too highfalutin for your tastes, Telegraph Canyon stops by Dallas on Saturday, again paired with another roots-inspired Dallas-based act, this time being Dove Hunter, and yet another fine bill. Again, if you haven't seen Telegraph Canyon recently, you really should.
Leon Russell, Seth Walker, Paula Nelson
Sunday, Aug. 22, at The Granada Theater
I'm not gonna list all the people that Leon Russell has played alongside or collaborated with. Just know this: It's as impressive a cast of characters as you're bound to see anywhere. Seriously, it includes pretty much every major act of the late '60s/early '70s. A legend in his own right, too, expect the aging singer-songwriter to draw a reverential crowd to this show.
...and that's pretty much all I've got time for at the moment, unfortunately. Check our listings for more, and, again, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment. Aside from that, have fun out there...