This Week's Top Show Announcements: Of Monsters and Men, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Alkeline Trio, Gramatik and More

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Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday, June 4, at House of Blues, $37.50

Cinematic and instrumental folk rock band Of Monsters and Men are heading out for a much anticipated tour this summer after their debut album My Head is an Animal dropped and the world discovered the track "Little Talks," which eventually went platinum in five countries.

Scott Weiland
Wednesday, March 22, at House of Blues, $27.50

Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is hitting the road this spring, bringing all of the STP classics to the stage with his "Purple to the Core" tour. Looks like you have just over a month to break out all of your old CDs and cassettes, dust 'em off and give them a good spin or two before he hits House of Blues this March.

Gramatik
Friday, April 12, at House of Blues, $17-$20

Portoroz, Slovenia is the far-off place where beat master Gramatik first discovered file sharing, and made a name for himself in the digital music world, spreading his electronic dance music throughout the U.S. And Europe. Go watch and listen to his music video "So Much for Love" for a little taste.

Pat Benatar
Sunday, April 14, at Annette Strauss Square, $36-$125

Tickets go on sale this Friday for a unique "under the stars" concert with '80s diva Pat Benatar, presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The Annette Strauss Square in the Downtown Dallas Arts District will give you the option of reserved tables near the front, or open lawn seating, so let's hope the weather holds up. The last time the rule-breaking leading lady swept through town, she chose Denton's very own singer-songwriter Jessie Frye to open her show. Frye will be at 35 Denton this year, so swing by her set to see what Benatar saw in her.

Meek Mill
Sunday, April 21, at House of Blues

Although Philly rapper Meek Mill is fairly new to the mainstream hip-hop world, he has been releasing mix-tapes with his old crew The Bloodhoundz since the mid-aughts. T.I. Was supposed to sign Meek to his label a few years back, but he got thrown in the pen, so Rick Ross came to the rescue with MMG in 2011. Check out his single "Amen" if you haven't heard it already, a song that he and Drake collaborated on for Meek's debut 2012 release, Dreams and Nightmares.

Dave Matthews Band
Saturday, May 18, at Gexa Energy Pavillion

If you told me that Dave Matthews was still riding out the wave of buzz from his '96 record Crash, I'd totally believe you. It seems to be the all-time favorite amongst DMB fans, so apart from material off of his latest effort, Away from the World, I bet it's safe to say you can also expect a couple of the old school jams at the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m.

Alkaline Trio, Bayside
Thursday, May 2, at House of Blues, $18.50-$22

I haven't checked in on punk group Alkaline Trio since the early 2000s, so when I realized that they're putting out their ninth studio album this year, My Shame is True, I was a little surprised at how fast the years flew by. Just three weeks ago the trio released a video for the album's single, "I Wanna Be a Warhol" and have plans to drop the new LP just a couple weeks before their pit stop at House of Blues.

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