The Nine Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, September 19-25
Good god, Dallas. It's going to be a cheap Monday. This weekend you've got live music in the city, in the suburbs, Fort Worth, and everywhere else in between. Unfortunately it's not a matter of who you're going to see, it's who you're going to have to miss. It's 2013, and though we were promised jet packs and cloning technology by now, we're going to have to keep roughing it. If you have the stamina- you can potentially bring the ruckus for Wu-Tang, reach out and touch faith at Depeche Mode, and play some wicked games with The Weeknd all in one weekend. Lucky you.
Quintessential leather daddies, Depeche Mode.
Minus The Bear
Thursday, September 19, at Granada Theater
Seattle-based indie/math rockers Minus The Bear have released five full length albums over a span of twelve years. They're currently on the road supporting their latest effort, Acoustics II. Their first full-length acoustic album contains 8 re-imagined fan favorites like "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse" and "Hooray", along with two brand new tracks. Though they're not performing an entirely acoustic set on this stretch of dates, they have been unplugging for a couple songs each night so far. Go for Minus The Bear's big catalogue of beachy and ethereal gems, stay to hear it reimagined off the amp. Vanessa Quilantan
Friday, September 20, at Dada
Black Milk (aka Curtis Cross) is one of underground hip-hop's most respected and established figures. With a trademark sound that pulls from the jazzy styles of giants like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and J Dilla, Cross has made a name for himself twice over, both as an MC and a prolific producer. With an upcoming full-length release on the horizon (No Poison No Paradise) -- featuring guest appearances from Black Thought (The Roots) and jazz heavyweight Robert Glasper -- the new Dallas resident is hitting the road. The "No Poison No Paradise Tour" begins Friday here in his new hometown, and will see Black Milk performing his new music live. If a night of rubbery bass lines, soulful instrumentals and incendiary lyrical improvisation sounds like a good time to you, get in line early -- as with others in Red Bull's Sound Select Series, tickets are $3 and available only first-come, first-served at the door. If you need a little fix to tide you over until the show, check out Black Milk's woozy collaboration with Danny Brown entitled Black and Brown. It's a good one. Jonathan Patrick.
Friday, September 20, at Granada Theater
When road-tripping, it's always a good idea to put something over the speakers that's native to the land you're currently traversing. In the mossiest, murkiest areas of Louisiana this past summer, all I could listen to was the swampy, soul-inflected blues of Tab Benoit. The Lousiana Music Hall of Fame member has been recording since 1993, but hasn't released a new album in a couple of years. With two decades of songs that expertly mix Creole soul, Chicago blues and Telecaster-bending magic better than just about anyone living, who needs new tunes? The consistently sold-out rooms he plays to around these parts certainly don't. Kelly Dearmore
Friday, September 20, at Queen City Music Hall
!!!'s live shows are as unhinged as their name is un-Googleable. Try it. You've got to type it out as chk chk chk to get anywhere. And while I admit we music writers tell you you're going to dance way more often than you're actually going to be compelled to dance by a band, this band... this band gets people moving. Come early -- the exact undercard of Ice Eater and Son of Stan has proven a winning combination in the past. Kiernan Maletsky