The Seven Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, September 12-18

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David McClister
Emmylou Harris plays Saturday at the Majestic.

Seriously though, how excited are you Mumford & Sons fans? After canceling their show earlier in the summer due to health reasons, the boys are back in town. It's always nice to see a band make it up to the fans, and that's exactly what the indie folk/bluegrass darlings will do on Wednesday night. Show them some love, because everyone's favorite evangelical maniacs, Westboro Baptist Church, have announced plans to picket the band's Bonner Springs, Kansas, stop. Apparently, Mumford & Sons' unabashed support for gay rights is WBC's reasoning for planning to attend the show, but we're willing to bet they probably just really liked Babel.

fun., Tegan and Sara
Thursday, September 12, at Gexa Energy Pavilion

When you name your band fun., there's a certain amount of pressure for your show to live up to the moniker. The New York-based indie-pop supergroup is made up of former members of The Format, Steel Train and Anathallo and has seen more mainstream success in the last few years than its members had in their entire careers. They have tapped a formula for high-energy and incredibly catchy anthems, which make for a very exciting and sing-along-heavy concert. Openers Tegan and Sara will provide a great start to the night with their guitar-strumming sister act. The duo has been consistently recording and touring since the twins graduated high school in 1998 and has built a substantial and well-deserved following.
Vanessa Quilantan

Dia De Los Toadies
Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, at Panther Island Pavilion

Since its inaugural weekend at Possum Kingdom Lake in 2008, Toadies' yearly festival has taken place in various Texas cities, including New Braunfels and Glen Rose. This year, the sixth annual Dia De Los Toadies will take place for the first time in the alt-rockers' hometown of Fort Worth. Friday will consist mainly of acoustic performances from Toadies, Pleasure Club's James Hall, Centro-matic's Will Johnson and an Eleven Hundred Springs side project, Matt the Cat Trio. Saturday will bring Gary Clark Jr., Eisley, The Dirty River Boys, Burning Hotels, The O's, Piñata Protest, Oil Boom, Baboon, The Cush, These Machines are Winning and School of Rock band -- Dean's List. Bring your swimsuit and be prepared for a uniquely Texas experience. VQ

Elm Street Tattoo and Music Festival
Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15 in Deep Ellum

Oliver Peck has generated a lot of goodwill in his time as the proprietor of Elm Street Tattoo. His annual festival, which brings in an array of world-class artists, is getting its most significant upgrade this year in the form of a three-day music festival at Trees, Wit's End and Three Links -- a venue he co-owns with Scott Beggs and Kris Youmans. The festival's lineup is a blue-collar dream of mostly Texas bands, including Reverend Horton Heat, Loco Gringos, Colorado's Drag the River and plenty more. Tickets are on sale here.

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That Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Rhett Miller gig is at the Majestic, not at the Kessler.

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