The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

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Afghan Whigs
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Afghan Whigs, Centro-matic
Sunday, October 14, at the Granada Theater

Within the bowels of the '90s reunion machine, Ohio's Afghan Whigs are one of those bands you never really expected to be spat out again. Their 1993 LP, Gentlemen, was perhaps a high point, full of tightly wound guitar confessionals and singer Greg Dulli's tortured lyrical jags, which perfectly mirrored our post-Bush/new-Clinton-era mind-set. Later in the '90s, there were addiction issues, label woes and an Austin show at Liberty Lunch where Dulli was beaten into a coma. Suddenly, the Whigs' dark songs took on a very prophetic nature. A decade after going their separate ways in 2001, the quartet has reaffirmed its domestic union and is entertaining a new generation's angst. Centro-matic open. - Audra Schroeder (Psst...we're giving away tickets to the show here.)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Thursday, October 11, at the Granada Theater

Live music is like food. Sometimes you want fast junk, but occasionally you want the dish unhurried, richly textured and profoundly delicious. Montreal's Godspeed You! Black Emperor are progenitors of the "slow music" movement that emerged in the late '90s, and after a 10-year hiatus, the band has reformed to serve up its unique audiovisual experience. GY!BE were always unique among the post-rock era of Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky, and never shied away from a radical political point of view, whether in liner notes, album covers or the visuals that accompany live performances. This show is scheduled a week before the release of the band's first album in a decade, ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! A deluxe package is being sold at performances. Total Life open. - Doug Davis

RTB2, Nervous Curtains, Ice Eater
Friday, October 12, at LaGrange

On the heels of their latest release, 2, expect to see RTB2 giggin' it up around DFW once more. The 10-song album comes after both drummer Grady Sandlin and guitarist Ryan Thomas Becker temporarily cooled it with RTB2's performances, instead focusing on several other projects, including their newest band, Last Joke, bluegrass outfit Boxcar Bandits and folk ensemble Hares On the Mountain. How these two have time for their ladies is beyond me. Nervous Curtains and Ice Eater join this excellent local bill. - Rachel Watts

Mount Carmel, Old Warhorse
Friday, October 12, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

If it's Americana you're sniffing out this weekend, check out Mount Carmel and Old Warhorse at Rubber Gloves. For a band from Columbus, Ohio, Mount Carmel sure does have the whole Southern rock thing down. Old Warhorse is just as the name suggests: a veteran when it comes to the bluesy Southern persuasions. Listen to their jam "Dirty South" and you'll know what I mean. - Rachel Watts

Psycho Pony
Friday, October 12, at The Foundry, Free

If you're a Neil Young fan, you might want to listen up. Psycho Pony's Jeff Whittington, whose voice you may recognize from KERA's Anything You Ever Wanted To Know, heads up a Neil Young cover band, and it's actually pretty darn good. Catch 'em at The Foundry this Friday, where you can also snag cold beer and tasty food, if you're into that sort of thing. - Rachel Watts

Sealion, Black Cock, Cutter
Saturday, October 13, at Double Wide

Yes, Sealion holds up to the hype. The Toadies thought so when they invited them to hit the road with them earlier this year. Saturday, Sealion will be whipping out their surf punk jams at Double Wide with Austin's Black Cock and Dallas electro duo Cutter. - Rachel Watts

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4 comments
petehoffman
petehoffman

No mention of The Features at Trees? I question the validity of your list sir!

indie_ste
indie_ste

@rewwrites @rtb2 @sealionband where?

indie_ste
indie_ste

@rewwrites @rtb2 @sealionband where is this? Met the @sealionband guitarist a couple weeks ago while looking at guitars

txmuzik
txmuzik

Neil Young, the real one, will be passing through Dallas Friday night, en route from tonight's show in Chicago to Saturday's headline slot at ACL Fest. We've asked him to stop in for a song or two, as his fleet of busses and trailers plows through Big D. We'll just have to wait and see if he shows up. You never know ...

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