The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, Starring Aesop Rock, Identity Fest and More

Kevin Todora
Dust off your butterfly wings: Identity Festival returns to Gexa Energy Pavilion on Friday.
Every Thursday we bring you our 10 favorite concert options for the coming weekend. Find every concert for this weekend and beyond at

Identity Festival
Friday, August 10, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Identity Festival pretty much marks the greatest day of the year for EDM fans, as almost 20 of the world's top DJs take the stage at Gexa Energy Pavilion. DJs at this year's festival include Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner and more. Stay hydrated.

Monte Montgomery
Thursday, August 9, at Palladium Ballroom
Monte Montgomery is a fairly well known Texas guitar virtuoso. In recent years, he hasn't come around as often as he used to, so this is a good chance for fans to catch him again.

Aesop Rock
Thursday, August 9, at Granada Theater
Aesop Rock is yet another in the growing list of hip-hop artists recently booked at the Granada. His lyrical style is regarded either as brilliant or incoherent. Go to the Granada tonight and see which camp you fall in.

Smoker's Ball w/ Juicy J
Thursday, August 9, at Trees
Deb Doing Dallas has a fantastic piece about this show here.

Butch Hancock
Thursday, August 9, at All Good Cafe
Texas legend Butch Hancock, known for his time in the Flatlanders, will play an intimate show tonight at All Good Cafe in Deep Ellum. It's the perfect venue for Hancock, with a vibe as close to Austin as you can get in Dallas.

The Deathray Davies, Slobberbone, Calhoun
Friday, August 10, at The Kessler Theater
Classic local pop act The Deathray Davies don't get together as often as they used to. John Dufilho is juggling several projects, including the gig as drummer for Apples in Stereo. The rest of the group is busy with side projects as well. They got their schedules to line up for this show, which is one of the weekend's top bills.

Hal Samples Benefit
Friday, August 10, at Dada
This show, benefiting local artist and photographer Hal Samples, will feature GalleryCat, Hares On The Mountain, Yells At Eels, Seryn and more. Samples had some medical costs that caught up to him. Luckily, he had some friends who wanted to help him out by putting on this great lineup.

Stella Fest 2012
Friday and Saturday at Hailey's Club
Stella Fest 2012 is easily the most exciting thing going on in Denton this weekend. Put on by Sundress singer Ryan McAdams, the festival will feature True Widow, Holy Wave, Darktown Strutters and many others over the course of two nights.

Smile Smile, The Cush, Triangle Heads, Jaret and Erik
Saturday, August 11, at Granada Theater
Smile Smile is celebrating the release of their newest record Marry A Stranger on Saturday at the Granada Theater. This record, produced by Salim Nourallah is an even more mature take on the duo's signature pop.

Ride For Dime
Friday and Saturday at Trees
This year's Ride For Dime, an annual celebration honoring the late Pantera guitarist Darrell Abbott, features a country twist. The Fort Worth show, at the Rail Club on Friday, features Hank Williams III, and at Trees on Saturday, David Alan Coe headlines.

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