Good Friday: Ben Kweller, Rhett Miller, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Os Mutantes, Deerhunter, Best Coast, Monotonix, Delorean, Magic Kids, Alejandro Escovedo, Bill Frisell, Suicidal Tendencies, DJ Shadow, Merle Haggard, Tumbledown & More!

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Ben Kweller punching the bottom of Rhett Miller's head--for Cystic Fibrosis
This weekend's concert calender is abnormally full to the brim, but the show we're maybe most excited about is Ben Kweller and Rhett Miller's Cystic Fibrosis benefit concert at Granada Theater. Two of the biggest local indie rock and alt-country stars will play separate sets, but, as was mentioned in an interesting Q&A with Ben Kweller yesterday, the two might get together onstage for a few songs. And to top it off, The O's will open the show.

Now, let's turn our attention to a mountain of this weekend's shows -- starting with the ones we've already mentioned over the last few days.

Tonight, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Os Mutantes share the headlining bill at South Side Music Hall, and Deerhunter, Best Coast, Sonny & The Sunsets, and Casio vs. Japan will be at Granada Theater. Lady Antebellum will be at Verizon Theatre, and Monotonix will be at The Loft with Joan Of Arc, and J Roddy Walston & The Business. Delorean, Lemonade, and Florene will be at Hailey's Club in Denton, and Magic Kids will be at The Cavern along with Bosco Delrey. Also? Alejandro Escovedo will bring his blend of country and punk to The Prophet Bar, and DJ Shadow will be at House of Blues.

Crazy, huh?

On Saturday, guitar virtuoso Bill Frisell will be at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton, and Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Jookabox, and Burnt Ones will be at The Loft. Suicidal Tendencies, High On Fire, and Kylesa will be at The Palladium Ballroom.

On Sunday, The Aggrolites will be at The Loft, and Mike Herrera's Tumbledown will rock out the Double Wide.

More of this weekend's shows after the jump...

Air Review, Radiant, The Orange
Friday, November 5, at Trees

Ok, I'm not gonna lie. I'm in one of these bands. Is this a case of shameless self-promotion? Of course. But I also think it will be worth your Friday night to check out Air Review -- a brit-pop influenced rock band, who consistently put on an impressive show.

Bugs Henderson
Friday, November 5, at Poor David's Pub

Blues guitar legend Bugs Henderson rolls through town at Poor David's Pub on Friday. This Tyler native has a long history in Dallas, playing with the likes of ZZ Top. But he's also done quite a bit on the national level. In the '70s, he toured with the the Allman Brothers Band and Leon Russell, who will be coming to town next weekend.

Merle Haggard
Friday, November 5, at Billy Bob's Texas

The Okie from Muskogee is back in town, and, even at the age of 73, he puts on a great show. One of his most recent stops in Dallas was with Bob Dylan a few years ago at the former Nokia Theatre, and by most accounts, he blew Dylan off the stage.

Mike Graff, Menkena
Friday, November 5, at La Grange

Former Course Of Empire guitarist Mike Graff's hard space rock will be augmented nicely by Menkena's soft space rock at this show. Menkena's Slowdive-inspired shoegaze is dreamy and melodic, while Graff's versatile guitar playing is crunchy and expansive.

Basshunter
Saturday, November 6, at Lizard Lounge

Swedish DJ, producer and singer Basshunter will be at the Lizard Lounge on Saturday. He's kind of a big deal in Scandinavia and the UK. I mean, people know him.  

Nervous Curtains, Tre Orsi, The Counterlife
Saturday, November 6, at Pastime Tavern

Kara Howell is keeping the Pastime Tavern alive, and Saturday night's stellar bill is evidence. Local piano-driven band Nervous Curtains will headline the bill as well as DJ between sets. Denton's Tre Orsi will be the support act with its energetic post-punk, and Arkansas' The Counterlife will open the show.  

...and that's it from us. Please leave any shows that we missed in the comment space. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.


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