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

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Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallett
Saturday, April 6, at Palladium Ballroom, $30

Longtime local fans of Grizzly Bear should be thankful for a spring show, as surely we all remember the sauna that was the band's June 2009 performance. So, let's break out the cardigans and order a vodka tonic -- Grizzly Bear is here. Brooklyn's favorite psych-folkers are journeying into town behind their fourth studio album, Shields, an overtly warm effort that sees the band slightly departing from the dreamscapes of their previous albums. The change seems to stem from the band working more as a collective then they had on previous albums and from a return to their roots by recording at the same Cape Cod location where they recorded 2006's Yellow House, following an aborted attempt to record in Marfa. Indie-pop violin virtuoso Owen Pallet serves as the opening act and I encourage you to arrive in time for his set. Pallet's music actually deserves the description of "beautiful" and you never know what covers he'll break out during his set. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon

Cody Canada & the Departed, Rodney Parker & the 50 Peso Reward, Statesboro Revue
Saturday, April 6, at Granada Theater, $16-$32

Last spring, the Departed's Cody Canada dropped quite the bomb on fans of Texas/Red Dirt music everywhere when he told us here at the Dallas Observer the real reasons behind the demise of his old band, the massively popular Cross Canadian Ragweed. The truth was simple: He was ready to completely move on and look forward to the things that the Departed had in-store. This past November, the band, which also consists of fellow guitar player/co-lead singer Seth James, made the statement Canada has been itching to make for some time -- and what a statement it is. Their fantastic album Adventus is the first true Departed album, as their 2011 debut comprised cover songs written by some of their Okie heroes. Mixing gritty garage sounds, soulful gospel, Southern rock and a healthy dose of funk, the group has proven to be far more than a rebound project for Canada and fellow former Ragweed member Jeremy Plato. The band name is telling in that this is a group that's now detached from sounds of the past as they steamroll along with their songs of the present. -- Kelly Dearmore

Sigur Rós
Monday, April 8, at Verizon Theatre, $42.75

Icelandic, English, "Hopelandic" -- whatever language Sigur Ros' new album is going to be in, you can be sure it will be slow, glacial even, beautiful in a way few other bands can match, and that it will make for a wonderful live show. The Icelandic ambient group are renowned for their gigs, which are always nothing short of spectacular.

As the shimmering beauty that is Sigur Ros comprises one of the few bands that, due to the scope and speed of the sounds they create, are absolutely preferable to see while seated, this is one of the rare times I can say that a band has chosen the Verizon Theater and in doing so made a good decision. That incredible distinction alone should make it worth your while to see this gig, which is bound to feature new material from the forthcoming Sigur Ros album Kveikur, to be released in June. Tickets still available. -- Gavin Cleaver

Baauer, Danny Brown
Wednesday, April 10, at Trees, $20

Scoremore has done it again with the Worst of Both Worlds Tour. Danny Brown, Detroit's grimy rap Casanova, will spend the month of April touring the Southwest with Baauer, the overnight celebrity DJ responsible for the song behind the viral "Harlem Shake" video craze. The genre crossover between EDM and hip-hop has been on the horizon for some time, but seems to be getting closer to infiltrating the mainstream than ever. Fools Gold Records has especially been making headway by putting Brown, who's known for house-influenced beat selection, on bills with big names in the EDM scene. The crowd will be young, but it's rare to see such a well executed union of two different scenes. Expect glowsticks, stay hydrated. -- Vanessa Quilantan

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