This Week's Top 11 Show Announcements: Beach House, Animal Collective, Grimes, Air Supply and More
Friday, September 21, at Palladium Ballroom, $22/$25
Would a Beach House fan go buck wild if I said their new album, Bloom, sounds pretty much the same as its predecessor, Teen Dream? I'm not saying Teen Dream isn't an immaculate record, or that the band's previous performance in Dallas at the Granada Theater wasn't anything short of incredible. This show will be well worth the ticket price.
Thursday, September 27, at House of Blues, $40
Animal Collective's new album, Centipede Hz, out September 4, puts the quartet in the hot seat. The follow-up to their fanbase-broadening album Merriweather Post Pavilion has potential for a sophomore slump, even though this is the band's 10th recording. It will be difficult to match the 2010 super-jam "My Girls," but it's hard to doubt the experimental act at this point?
Sunday, July 29, at AT&T Performing Arts Center, $35-$85
Wow. I didn't realize Air Supply is still writing and recording new material. They've got a new album, Mumbo Jumbo, and the subsequent tour lands them at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 29. The new songs are fine, but do yourselves a favor, Air Supply: Don't play "All Out of Love" until the encore.
Thursday, August 16, at Dada, $11/$14
This show from punkish pop rock act Fang Island will come only a few weeks after the release of Major, their new record. Fang Island must be the most positive, fun people to be around. At least that's what their new album cuts reflect.
Uptown Untapped w/ Givers, The Antlers, Akron Family and More
Saturday, September 8, at The Common Table, $20-$60
This little music festival, brought to us by Spune Productions in conjunction with The Common Table, has a dual focus: Beer and music. Ticket buyers can purchase a music pass for $20, a music and beer sampling pass for $30, and a third pass for $60 that gets you into the concert, the beer sampling, a beer glass, a rare beer tasting, and you get to pet a unicorn.
Friday, September 14, at UTA College Park Center, $21.50-$29.50
Man, these guys have love for Grand Prairie and Arlington. Just a couple weekends ago, they headlined Meltdown, and they'll be back in Arlington in September. I guess it doesn't hurt that the drummer lives here in town.
Riot Fest w/ Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, Andrew W.K., The Sword and More
Saturday, September 22, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $27.50-$45.75
There are going to be some punk legends up in this piece! I'm sure they're all very big supporters of what Gexa Energy is doing. Anyhow, this is kind of like a grown-up version of Warped Tour.
Tuesday, October 2, at Granada Theater, $20
Indie act Menomena, while having released a string of slightly disappointing albums, is giving it another go with Moms, their fifth record. The preview on the band's website is very riff and beat-heavy.
Grimes, Elite Gymnastics
Friday, October 5, at Trees, $15/$18
Trees is the perfect venue for Grimes, if only for its incredible sound system. The deep bass from the artist's dubby tracks, created on a series of keyboards and drum machines, will hit hard and clear.
Dan Deacon, Height With Friends
Friday, October 12, at Dada, $15/$18
He's weird, he hangs out with Francis Ford Coppola, he makes funny YouTube videos and puts on a notoriously awesome show.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Saturday, November 10, at House of Blues, $25
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are kind of like Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights with a female lead singer, which immediately makes them more interesting than Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights.