The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, January 22-24
Tuesday, January 22, at Granada Theater, $18-$29
The last time Calexico rolled through Dallas for their 2008 release, Carried to Dust, they were as effortless as a tumbleweed, but harnessed the power of a sand storm. It's no news that since the mid '90s, Tucson, Arizona's Calexico has been effortlessly fusing Latin American sounds with a good rock 'n' roll sensibility that has taken them all over the map, including the dirty South, which is the inspiration and recording location for their most recent release, Algiers. Just a few months old, the album (and tour) brings the band to Dallas this week. If the Americana- and dusty-border-noir-sounding album is any indication of what their live set at Granada Theater will be like, I'm sold.
Of Mice and Men, Woe Is Me, Texas In July, Volumes, Capture the Crown
Tuesday, January 22, at Trees, $17
Southern California metalcore foursome Of Mice & Men are hitting the road again after the re-release of their 2011 sophomore album The Flood. They've made no mention of a new album, but my guess is that they'll whip out some heavy new material. A handful of equally-as-heavy groups like Woe Is Me, Texas In July, Volumes and Capture the Crown open what will prove to be a loud show at Trees this week.
Warren Jackson Hearne
Wednesday, January 23, at Fred's Texas Cafe, Free
Warren Jackson Hearne's music has often been called "death-folk," for the singer-songwriter's devilish, folk noir style, and transcends his multiple DFW bands, including one of his more popular eight-piece outfits Warren Jackson Hearne & Le Leek Electrique. Raised in an exceptionally musical family, Warren's talent is in his blood. His father still gets royalty checks from his many appearances on Hee-Haw, and Al Green covered his gospel song, "Holy Spirit Come Down On Me," off his 1982 album, Vessel of Love. See the guitarist for free at Fred's Texas Cafe in Fort Worth this week. It's worth a little drive.
Soular Power with DJ Wanz Dover
Wednesday, January 23, at Bryan Street Tavern, Free
Head to the local watering hole this week for DJ Wanz Dover, who will be spinning funk, punk and nowave from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. When Wanz Dover first made a splash in the Dallas music community with his band Mazinga Phaser, he wasn't a DJ at all. At least that's not what he was known for. Nowadays, he has several DJ projects going, and with his German techno moniker Blixaboy as the flagship, Dover has made a bigger splash in Europe than he has stateside. But typically, when you catch a DJ set from him these days, you're going to be hit over the head with his incredible collection of punk garage soul. He's passionate about the music he spins. A simple request while he's behind the ones and twos can lead to a long conversation about music, a subject in which Dover is an expert.
Subsonic Indulgence: Trill Scott Heron, Soy Capaz, Dragon Man, Sofaking, DJ Spacechase
Thursday, January 24, at Andy's Bar, Free
Each week at Andy's Bar Denton Dance Collective and DJ SpaceChase host Subsonic Indulgence, a bill of local artists, DJs and electronic musicians who play enough dance, bass, dubstep and hip-hop to get your body rockin'. The all-original music is accompanied with live painting by Beth Yturri each Thursday night. This week you can expect performances by screw music master Trill Scott Heron, Sofaking and several of Fort Worth dubstep crew Dub Commission's local musicians, including Soy Capaz and Dragon Man.