Taylor Swift, Toro Y Moi, Portugal. The Man, and The Rest of The Weekend's Top Shows

Taylor Swift
Unless you've got a teenage daughter -- or maybe if you are someone's teenage daughter -- you probably haven't paid much attention to Taylor Swift, the headlining performer in this weekend's biggest show. The young country superstar will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Saturday night along with Christian rock opening act Needtobreathe.

But if the above teenage girl criteria does not apply to you, there are plenty of other shows this weekend, starting with the ones we've mentioned all week.

Tonight, at Dada, Toro Y Moi returns to Deep Ellum with Bass Drum of Death and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and, in Denton, Mind Spiders, Birthday Suits and Free To Kill Again will perform at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. Also in Denton tonight: Ruby Jane will be the one with the fiddle on stage at Dan's Silverleaf.

On Saturday, Lucinda Williams will be over at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth, and Air Review will be stirring up plenty of controversy opening up for Portugal. The Man at Granada Theater. Meanwhile, over at House of Blues, Fake Problems, Never Shout Never, A Rocket to the Moon, and Carter Hulsey will perform.

That's not all. Hit the jump for more of this weekend's shows.

Friday, October 7, at La Grange

Toward the end of Olospo's initial tenure, which ultimately ended sometime in 2009, the band wanted to shed their jam band comparison. They played shorter sets and incorporated Flaming Lips covers into their performances. Now that they're back from hiatus, it's hard to say if they are OK with the jam band label or not. Still, they will have to get a little jammy to fill the three-hour marathon set they have planned tonight at La Grange.

The Wagoneers, Josh Weathers & The New Endeavors
Friday, October 7, at The Kessler Theater

The Wagoneers are one of the original Texas country acts. They broke up in 1990, but have reunited this year, and will perform at The Kessler tonight for the second time in about three months. Rumor has it that the last show sold out.

Dionne Warwick, Earl Klugh
Friday, October 7, at Verizon Theatre

I guess Dionne was so successful on The Apprentice, she decided to try her hand at music. Good luck!

B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Leon Russell
Saturday, October 8, at Verizon Theatre

The King of Blues will return to Dallas tomorrow night for a performance of random note plucking and bending, just like they did it in the old days. Seriously, though, he's getting pretty old.

Saturday, October 8, at Trees

Yep, they're still around.

Dim Locator, Ralph White, A.M. Ramblers, Bruce Lee Webb
Saturday, October 8, at Pastime Tavern

Hey, blues guys, here's a chance to see one of the bands nominated in the Best Blues Act category of this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards!

Salim Nourallah & The Dufilhos, I Love Math
Saturday, October 8, at Bryan Street Tavern

This show is a pretty good deal considering that you'll only have to pay $5 to see two really solid bands. Nourallah has a handful of great new songs that he may or may not roll out for this show, and I Love Math is just a great pop band.

The Orbans, Analog Rebellion, Bethan
Saturday, October 8, at The Kessler Theater

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this show when Air Review dropped off the bill to join Portugal. The Man at Granada Theater. Replacing them with the up-and-coming Bethan was a smart move on the Kessler's part. Singer Jessi James will add a nice touch to what was already a solid bill.  

Peter Wolf Crier
Saturday, October 8, at Dan's Silverleaf

This Spune-promoted show from Minneapolis folk duo Peter Wolf Crier should be a solid choice for indie rock fans in Denton. Luckily, it's not up against Denton's Friday night choices, making it the thing to do up north on Saturday night. Unless, that is, you're at Cowboys Stadium.

...and that's it, ya'll. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

Location Info


Billy Bob's Texas

2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX

Category: Music

Bryan Street Tavern

4315 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Dallas Cowboys Stadium

1 Legends Way, Arlington, TX

Category: General

Dan's Silverleaf

103 N. Industrial St., Denton, TX

Category: Music

Granada Theater

3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Kessler Theater

1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lola's Saloon

2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth, TX

Category: Music

Pastime Tavern

1503 S. Ervay St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Prophet Bar

2548 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, TX

Category: Music

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, TX

Category: Music

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Please tell me that you realize Dionne Warwick was a singer long before she was our psychic friend or fired by the Donald. While pop music may not be your strongest suit in final jeopardy it would be an oversight on your part to not know your music history and realize that Grammy award winning Dionne Warwick is the 2nd only to Aretha Franklin (the lady with the funny hat at obama's innauguration who also sings sometimes) as the most charted female vocalist ever.


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dallas distortion music is releasing their local music compilation at the phoenix project on saturday. 5 bands playing, 5 bucks, byob. war party, doom ghost, innards, hardin sweaty and the ready to go and orange peel sunshine.


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Dionne Warwick was the Whitney Houston of her day. Talented to be sure, but her music never had the staying power of Aretha's. Plus, she's docked points for her psychic bullshit.


Don't worry, I have appropriately docked her for being bat shit crazy but as for staying power, I think the fact that she's still doing music after all these years proves your statement incorrect. I was merely pointing out that if a so called music writer has no clue that she is a musician first then perhaps he should do a little more research and spend a little less time mining touring schedules for snark.

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