Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: April 4-10

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Danny Brown is playing at Trees on 4/10.
Editor: April showers, right? But a little water isn't stopping anyone, which is good because there are excellent shows happening this week. Including the blissfully strange Danny Brown, touring with beat master and unexpected meme star Baauer. -topic and his TeamFromNoWhere are throwing a party on Saturday at Club Dada -- they're some of the most creative artists working in the city right now. And the clouds are supposed to be gone by the weekend, leaving you with perfect walking around weather for the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The rest of our picks follow.

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Daniel Hart/Dark Rooms with Jeremy Buller at the Patio Sessions, Thursday, April 4 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Free
Daniel Hart, the talented vocalist and violinist, contributed some string work four of the songs from North Carolina's Mount Moriah's latest album ("I Built a Town," "Miracle Temple Holiness," "Swannanoa" and "Telling the Hour"). He helped them with their fantastic debut from 2011, as well. The 2012 DOMA Male Vocalist of the Year is no stranger to collaboration, but the best showcase of his talents is in this somewhat rare local showcase of his own music. --Kelly Dearmore

19th Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, at Main Street in Deep Ellum, Free

For nearly 20 years, Deep Ellum's streets have been home to its springtime Arts Festival, which features more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling original works and more than 70 local bands on four different outdoor stages. This year has a ton more singer-songwriters than last year, but every genre of music will be there: folk, blues, country, indie rock, reggae, jazz fusion, rockabilly, punk, soul, funk and hip-hop. A few more reasons to get excited about the music portion of the fest include sets from some of the area's veterans like former Dallas Songwriters Association president and blues/jazz musician Steve Sullivan and chicken-dance-inspiring polka/world beat band Brave Combo. Some of the area's fresher faces like Chris Watson (who has opened for B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pat Benatar), classical-meets-rock ensemble Home by Hovercraft, melody connoisseur Nicholas Altobelli & the Gigawatts, jazzy pop band Reinventing Jude and foot-stomping folksters Fox & the Bird won't disappoint either. Head to deepellumartsfestival.com for the full lineup and to map your extensive plan of attack for the three-day celebration. -- Rachel Watts

Hayes Carll, Warren Hood & The Goods
Friday, April 5, at The Kessler Theater, $22.50

With or without the controversy surrounding his song "She Left Me for Jesus," Hayes Carll would still be considered one of our state's greatest songwriters. Over the course of a decade, Carll has released four superb country/rock albums, each one better and more successful than the last. Catch him at his second performance on Friday at the Kessler this weekend with opening act Warren Hood & the Goods, or you can see him this summer at KXT's Summer Cut 2013. -- Rachel Watts

Juan Atkins, DJ Red Eye, Ill76
Saturday, April 6, at It'll Do Club, $15/$20

Saturday at East Dallas' favorite dance club we are in for a real treat. Like, for real. DJ, techno originator and electronic music aficionado Juan Atkins will be in the house. Whether you know him by one of his many names over the years, including Cybotron, Model 500, Channel One or Infiniti, you should know the man who single-handedly churned techno out of Detroit in the 1980s. Opening the night is what I can only guess will be an exciting spinoff between two locals: DJ Red Eye vs Ill76. --Rachel Watts

-topic, TeamFromNowhere, Cutter, Tunk, Kozmic Sisters, BrainGang, Raw Elementz, Alsace Carcione, Taylor Effin' Cleveland, Glo Gaines, Mga-Czar, K Kelley
Saturday, April 6, at Dada, $10-$15
Gone are the days when up-and-coming rappers would bask in the shine of a single stage light. Dallas lyricist and poet -topic didn't think one stage was enough for TeamFromNowhere, the diverse collective he leads, so he got two. Club Dada will play host to his whole damn team, plus the best in Dallas hip-hop: Cutter, Tunk, Kozmic Sisters, BrainGang, Raw Elementz, Alsace Carcione, Taylor Effin' Cleveland, Glo Gaines, Mga-Czar, K Kelley and more. -topic is a charismatic performer who delivers his thoughtful lyrics with a smile. Recently back from gigs at 35 Denton and SXSW, -topic is here to put his team and Dallas hip-hop on the map. You can catch him walking the streets of Deep Ellum: He'll be the bandana-wearing, bead-swangin', apple juice-sippin, potato-chippin' maestro leading his TeamFromNowhere into the future. -- Lee Escobedo

Lord Tracy, Lowside, Spiders, Chastity, Bankok Shock, Deep South Union, Blackout
Saturday, April 6, at Trees, $20

The original lineup of Lord Tracy, which features Pantera vocalist Terry Glaze, shall reform for this special show at Trees. The four-piece headlines with a staggering five supporting acts and it most certainly will rock. Given the band's tendency to pummel along with a sense of humor, expect songs like "She's a Bitch" and "East Coast Rose." And in terms of the crowd, this should be something of a reunion of friends and fans. Just don't shout out for old Pantera songs like "All Over Tonight" or "Hot and Heavy." -- Eric Grubbs



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