The Six Best Concerts In DFW This Week

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Sleigh Bells at the Granada Theater in April, by Mike Brooks
Sleigh Bells, AraabMuzik
Tuesday, October 16, at House of Blues, $23

Still riding out the buzz from their second studio album, Reign of Terror, Sleigh Bells finish their U.S. tour with a stop at House of Blues, with hip-hop opener AraabMuzik. Both of Sleigh Bells' albums combined are only about 70 minutes long, and they clocked in at just under an hour at Granada Theater this past spring, but for many, their powerhouse performances make up the difference.

Die Antwoord, Datahowler
Monday, October 15, at House of Blues, $22

South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord draw artistic inspiration from the "zef" counter-culture movement in South Africa, which basically glorifies cheap stuff. Their dirty lyrics and out there look are enough to keep the world in a constant state of suspense. If you're intrigued, catch 'em tonight with Dallas' own electronic trip-hop act Datahowler.

Lower Dens, Jennifer Castle, Deep Time
Tuesday, October 16, at Dada, $14

Baltimore's Lower Dens were here just four months ago, but Texas-born singer-guitarist Jana Hunter has been spotted around DFW more frequently, so perhaps these shows will happen more often as well. Canadian singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle and Austin's Deep Time, formerly Yellow Fever, open. Get there early for both.

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Busdriver
Busdriver, Nocando, Open Mic Eagle
Wednesday, October 17, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, $12

On his seventh and most recent full-length, Beaus$Eros, L.A. emcee Busdriver really drives it home with themes of heartbreak and personal failure. I know it's a school night, but if you can, check out his technical skills, alongside Nocando and Open Mic Eagle.


The Demigs, The Dig, The We Shared Milk, Cool Womb
Wednesday, October 17, at Hailey's Club, $5/$7

An all-around great Denton bill, these four bands' performances are worth making the lengthy drive Wednesday night. The Demigs have been around for a while, although they've gradually revamped their sound in the past year, polishing it off with some super sweet guitar solos. See them, the Dig, the We Shared Milk and experimental opener Cool Womb, and dust off your mid-week blues.

Air Review, Home By Hovercraft
Thursday, October 18, at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Free

If you're ducking out of work early, or perhaps you get lucky during rush hour, swing by the AT&T Performing Arts Center for Patio Sessions with Dallas-based quintet Air Review. The group's indie-folk sound has landed them support slots alongside Portugal. The Man, Nada Surf and Grimes. Their new album, American Son, is set for release in early 2013, so they'll probably play some new material. The DOMA-nominated Home By Hovercraft have a new album out next month, Are We Chameleons?, which features songs for a musical about Marie Antoinette.



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amariani34
amariani34

I know the "Dallas" in "Dallas Observer" is paramount, but your readers might like to know that not one but two underground festivals are happening in Fort Worth Fri-Sun: Lolaspalooza at Lola's with Meat Puppets, Brutal Juice, and a bunch of outstanding North Texas bands (Quaker City Night Hawks, Fungi Girls, The Hanna Barbarians, Dove Hunter, Calhoun, Holy Moly, Oil Boom, and more than a dozen others) and 1919 Hemphill's 10th anniversary bash with a great Sunday bill of Pinkish Black, Akkolyte, Wild//Tribe, and Raging Boner. Lola's shindig is $10/day or $20/weekend; 1919's is $5/day.

Mervis
Mervis

And don't forget, 3 weeks from tonight Primus in 3D with Quadraphonic sound at McFarlin over at SMU. The boys are tight and they are breaking out some deeper cuts for this tour. Stuff from the first two shows are on YouTube.

ScottP
ScottP

With respects to all this, scratch it though. The show of the week will be Father John Misty at HoB Cambridge Room on Tuesday. Just saw them at ACL, absolutely mind-blowing. I've been into lead guy J Tillman back when I lived in Seattle and then he hopped on with Fleet Foxes for a few years. But now, this new stuff is just awesome. Highly recommend it.

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