The Nine Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, October 10-16

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Maciek Pozoga
Tame Impala

The temperature is dropping and the changing of the season is finally within reach. Gone are the days of triple digits, at least until next year, and sweet relief has arrived. It feels amazing outside, but there's always those weirdos who insist it's "so cold" once it starts to hit below 70 degrees after dark. To those weirdos, I say, what the hell is wrong with you? Some of you are already wearing thick sweatshirts, leggings, beanies even. You are embarrassing us. Just relax, and enjoy not sweating through your outfit. Throw on a light hoodie (maybe even a cardigan, dare I say) and go check out some of the weekend's best live music offerings.

Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds
Thursday, October 10, at Double Wide

Kid Congo Powers has one of the most impressive résumés in the punk rock business. The California-born rocker was given the honor of becoming the first Ramones Fan Club president in the mid-1970s before picking up his guitar powers to play for groups like The Gun Club and The Cramps. Thankfully, his natural spirit for silliness and solemnity hasn't mellowed with age on his latest albums or his live performances with the Pink Monkey Birds. Unlike some other musicians, he's not just a "kid" in name only, even if his driver's license technically says otherwise. Danny Gallagher


Vampire Weekend
Thursday, October 10, at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie

There's nothing like endurance to prove the doubters wrong. Vampire Weekend's days as a colonialist flash in the pan are over thanks to three consistently excellent full-length albums that do not especially sound like any one particular bag of tricks. Kiernan Maletsky

Toro Y Moi
Friday, October 11, at House of Blues

I have been vocal of my praise for Toro Y Moi's new direction, but it is clear in that dark room that he is drawing a line in the sand from his previous performances. Even if he is just trying it on temporarily, pop star looks good on Bundick. The slowed down push of "Grown Up Calls" has a sophisticated tone live that befits its title. "Never Matter's" driving bass sounds heavy in person and pushes the crowd into each other in the best possible way. I lean over and ask, "Is this what disco sounded like to people who had never heard it before?" I mean it as a compliment. Deb Doing Dallas (Read the rest of her review of the band's February show at Trees here.)

WAVVES
Friday, October 11, at The Prophet Bar

Based out of San Diego, California-- WAAVES has gained quite a bit of popularity in the last few years with their particular brand of low-fi, noisy, surf rock. The cool kids love their fuck-you attitude, and the fuzzy distorted guitar that buzzes over their catchy pop melodies. This is feel good music for nearly any occasion. Vanessa Quilantan

38 Special
Friday, October 11, at Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth

If you were ever in a fight in the 1980s in some desolate bar far from the reaches of an efficient law enforcement response time, 38 Special was probably playing on the jukebox. The whiskey-soaked Southern rock group has had one of the longest runs of any in the genre. That mixed with a long life on the road has helped them embody the spirit of their music with hits like "Hold on Loosely" and "Caught Up in You." Chances are that every time you hear one of their hits, you remember the surprised look on the face of that biker you smashed over the head with a beer bottle and a tear starts to well up in your eye. Danny Gallagher



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