The Eight Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, November 8-11

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We just wanted an excuse to run this DOMA nominee party photo again
Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase
Saturday, November 10, in Deep Ellum, $10

The 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards are here! We're inviting you to come party with us at our 24th annual local-music showcase, which celebrates the North Texas music community and its various contributions this past year. More than 60 bands will play at eight different venues, and the awards ceremony will follow on Tuesday, November 13, at House of Blues. We're gonna go hard, y'all, so get your tickets, cast your ballot and come see the badass line-up we've put together for you. It's your town and your music. -- Rachel Watts

Denton Is Burning with Air DJ, Ynfynyt Scroll, Sem Kai, DJ Zone
Thursday, November 8, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Free

Denton's GLBTQ-friendly night is back, and will feature the DJs of Dallas' Track Meet crew, who will also be on hand at Saturday's DOMA showcase. The event's goal is to serve as a safe, respectful place for people of all genders and sexual orientations to get their dance on, and will also be a going-away shindig for musician Sem Kai, who is moving to Tokyo at the end of the month. -- Rachel Watts

R. Kelly, Tamia
Thursday, November 8, at Verizon Theatre, $47.50

Look, we're all upset R. Kelly's much-anticipated October "Love Letter Cruise" has been canceled. What better way to experience the white-hot firehose of sexuality that is R. Kelly than on a cruise to the Bahamas with thousands of other women? Now we'll just have to settle for seeing him on dry land, as he brings his "Single Ladies Tour" to Dallas, and a new album titled Black Panties. I was hoping that was a Black Panthers reference, but I don't think it is. Maybe that will be explained in the next installment of Trapped in the Closet. -- Audra Schroeder

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White Denim
Bonnaroo 365 Tour: White Denim, Maps & Atlases, Special Guest
Friday, November 9, at Lola's Saloon, $16

Bonnaroo is hitting the road, and will be coming to Fort Worth with the Bonnaroo 365 Tour. Austin's White Denim and quartet Maps & Atlases are slotted to perform as well, though the tour also promises to feature a "special guest" to headline the show each night. Any guesses? The tour's website says it will feature daytime festivities, including an obstacle course, a game of life-sized bag toss with Samsonite Tectonic backpacks and more. -- Rachel Watts

Crooks, Ashley Monical
Friday, November 9, at Magnolia Motor Lounge, $8

Austin's never been short on stellar roots bands or hardcore honky-tonkers, thanks in part to some young acts that perform way beyond their years. Mike and the Moonpies, Whiskey Shivers and Shakey Graves are but a few of the promising names to reveal themselves recently. Add Crooks to that list if you haven't already. Their brand of country noir is in full enjoyable effect on their The Rain Will Come LP. Soulful Austinite Ashley Monical opens the show. -- Kelly Dearmore

Unconscious Collective
Saturday, November 10, at Bryan Street Tavern, Free

The new self-titled LP from Dallas' Unconscious Collective, yet another group that counts members of Akkolyte and Black Dotz as members, gets released tonight. The seven-track album's shortest song is six-and-a-half minutes, and its longest is nearly 15, but in those swaths of time, the metal improv trio pummels and swerves 360 degrees. Pinkish Black and Bludded Head help out with the noise. Free! -- Audra Schroeder

Rick Ross
Saturday, November 10, at College Park Center, $52-$102

It's almost impossible for Miami's Rick Ross to top the release of his 2010 solo album, Teflon Don, but he gave it a shot with latest God Forgives, I Don't. He and his Maybach Music Group crew make a pit stop at the University of Texas at Arlington, a decidedly bigger venue than the last time he was here. -- Rachel Watts

Asher Roth, Kids These Days, Chuck Inglish, Weekend Hustler
Sunday, November 11, at Trees, $16-$20

Rapper Asher Roth is as nerdy as they come, although you wouldn't know it by his bravado. His tongue-in-cheek lyrics shed light on issues like college partying, girls and how wrestling is fake--you know, important stuff. -- Rachel Watts



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