The 10 Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, September 26-October 2

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Dick Johnston
Daniel Johnston and producer Jason Falkner.

With Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard both in town this week, there are plenty of opportunities to get your early aughts nostalgia on. You might as well make a thing of it and watch Mean Girls, or go searching the depths of your closet for that old first generation iPod. I bet that Postal Service album is still on there, right where you left it. Those of you who might be too cool to indulge in such wistfulness might be more inclined to check out Alt-J or WHY? But those looking to dig even deeper will be able to catch a super intimate performance from Daniel Johnston and The Baptist Generals. The Texas based indie icons will share the stage at our Best Of Dallas 2013 pick for Best Live Music Venue, The Kessler Theater.

Fall Out Boy
Thursday, September 26, at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Pop-punk never fared particularly well among people who enjoy spending lots of time talking about things like "authenticity" and "soundscapes." It is a kind of music expressly built to make an antisocial expression (punk) as widely palatable as possible. But lost in the pearl-clutching of purists was the distinct pleasure of this stuff -- Fall Out Boy at their best push a lot of the same buttons as Bruce Springsteen, at least from a notes-and-rhythms standpoint. Because of the youthfulness of this stuff (you can't get screaming sad about your girlfriend not texting you back once you hit 30), many of pop-punk's truer artists sought the pastures of solo singer-songwriting. Patrick Stump of FOB did that for a while, but he was a little too flamboyant and his excellent album sort of disappeared. So now the boys are back together and leaning as far in the pop direction as possible. It's so much better than you thought it would be. Kiernan Maletsky

Jeff Whittington
Thursday, September 26, at the Patio Sessions at Sammons Park

The phrases "NPR host" and "rock band member" are not often found in the same sentence, but that's one of the things that make Jeff Whittington unique. The host of KERA's long-running show Anything You Ever Wanted to Know and executive producer of Think got his start in media as a singer and a songwriter with several bands before joining the lucrative world of public broadcasting. Thankfully, he hasn't completely put his past behind him -- a new self-titled album with songs like "Literature Hell" and "Death's Gaping Maw" find fun, catchy ways to express the frustration of keeping up with a world that's constantly changing. Danny Gallagher

Wind Hand, Solomon, FOGG
Friday, September 27, at Doublewide

Solomon makes the Melvins look like the Spice Girls. They make Neurosis look like Sum 41. They make any supposedly bad-ass metal group look like the Polyphonic Spree. It isn't sludge metal so much as coastal erosion metal.

It was epic, much as I hate that word, on the scale of watching a new solar system being born. You could feel each note change, let alone key change, building up and blasting yet another hole, first in your chest, and then in the back of this tiny venue. And that's just the first thirty seconds of the first song. Gavin Cleaver

Friday, September 27, Three Links

Peelander-Z is a punk band with matching colored suits and a backstory. Something about aliens. Live, they are manic to the point of recklessness and do a better job than nearly everybody else at getting crowds involved. Kiernan Maletsky

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