Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: July 18-24

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Kid Rock
Not only do you have this list of awesome shows to see around DFW this week, but you should know that Fuzzy's Taco Shop opens in Deep Ellum on Monday, so if you live in that neighborhood, "taco" will soon become a verb in your life.

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Kid Rock
Saturday, July 20, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $30

HIS NAME IS KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID KID ROCK! And for 15 years he's been the No. 1 rock star in the South and heartland, combining Southern rock, metal, hip-hop, country rock and some bitchin' hair to take the country's stadiums and arenas by storm. In 1990, the Detroit musician put out his first rap album on Jive, which made him one of the city's biggest rappers. But his rap career died shortly thereafter. In 1997 he returned with a rap-rock album, "Bawitdaba," which was a huge hit but made little sense. He penned a song called "American Badass" that would become a hit and the entrance theme for wrestling star the Undertaker. He dated Sheryl Crow, and together they wrote a song called "Picture," which served as the go-to song for sad weddings in 2001. He played the bad guy in the David Spade film Joe Dirt. He performed at the 2004 Super Bowl where he was overshadowed by Janet Jackson's nipple shield. He became a country/Southern rock artist by mashing up "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Werewolves of London" on his hit "All Summer Long." He followed all this up by starting an annual cruise. Hopefully this helps you understand why Gexa Energy Pavilion will be overrun by guys with no shirts and ladies double-fisting Bud Lite Lime. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon

Thursday, July 18, at Dada, $12-$14

Christopher Dexter Greenspan is a solid name, but it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. And it wouldn't look very cool screen-printed across the front of a T-shirt or emblazoned on his Soundcloud, Twitter or MySpace pages, which must be one of the reasons why Greenspan chose to record under the memorable, if a bit tricky to first pronounce moniker of oOoOO. Supposedly, it's verbalized as a solid "oh," and not an awkward series of cooed "ew's" or a ghostly "oo-OO-o-OO" sound, which is what some fans must have first thought because the artist's haunted, ethereal vocals over chopped and screwed beats typically lead bloggers to label them as "witch-house." And since oOoOO quickly gained a following in the blogosphere after releasing the No Summer4U EP in 2010, critics have struggled to label the act's sound as witch-house, screwgaze, chillwave or drag. Currently, oOoOO is touring in support of the act's debut LP, Without Your Love, released last month on Greenspan's own fledgling label Nihjgt Feelings. With oOoOO's latest, you'll hear far-flung influences, from OMD to Broadcast to hip-hop, R&B and pop. Expect openers Sister Crayon to flood the room with equally ethereal loops backing Terra Lopez's warm, bluesy vocals. -- Daniel Rodrigue

Survive, Vulgar Fashion, Corporate Park
Friday, July 19, at Dada, $8

Austin's downtempo electronic foursome Survive are headlining a show at Dada this week with Denton's horror-synth duo Vulgar Fashion and that same college town's electro duo Corporate Park, who have a clamorous take on industrial music. If you're into getting nice and dazed, see you there. -- Rachel Watts

Marcia Ball, Michaelis
Saturday, July 20, at The Kessler Theater, $17.50-$30

The self-proclaimed "hippie cowgirl trio" from Sugarland, Texas will be opening up for a phenomenal woman of blues, Marcia Ball. Revert to the above video for why you should consider snagging a ticket at the last minute. -- Rachel Watts

Girls Rock Dallas
Saturday, July 20, at The Kessler Theater, $5-$35

For the past week, the coolest summer camp in town has been preparing girls for rock 'n' roll and giving them an outlet for self-expression. Spinderella even stopped by earlier to share some of her experience. The showcase will feature the girls' new bands, and it's worth seeing whether you're a proud parent or not. --Kiernan Maletsky

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