The Ten Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, October 3-9
Well people, this is not a drill. We are in a full-fledged government shutdown, for the first time in 17 years. Have you noticed how people keep saying that like 17 years is a really long time? Seventeen-year-old people were born in 1996. Think about that, lamestream media. We were doing the Macarena 17 years ago. So let's all just chill out about health care for a minute and go see some good live music this weekend, all right? Grab an extra ticket for the federal employee in your life, because they could probably use a pick-me-up right about now.
Josh Homme and that weird ass wife of his.
Thursday, October 3, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton
Listening to the music of singer/songwriter Richard Buckner is like reading a good, challenging novel. Dense one minute, delicate the next, Buckner's music is filled with lyrical metaphors and beautiful acoustic and electric underpinnings. Over the course of nearly a dozen full-length releases, Buckner has widened his lens quite impressively. Initially, a few major label idiots tried to fit the guy into the mold of a traditional country crooner. Thankfully, Buckner's inherent peculiarity led to fantastic efforts such as 2004's Dents and Shells and the recently released Surrounded. These days, Buckner's music transcends easy classification. Part Brian Eno and part Ryan Adams, Buckner creates sonic pictures that play out like personal crossword puzzles. Buckner's music requires attentive listening, for the dramatics are hidden, but the power is still there buzzing against suggestion and remorse. Darryl Smyers
Friday, October 4, at The Kessler Theatre
Few things are more exciting than when the opportunity arises to see an artist you'd never thought you'd be able to see perform live. This is the kind of thrill that record crate diggers and old school heads across Dallas will get when they see Shuggie Otis' name on the concert calendar. From 1969 to 1974, Otis released three albums before disappearing into anonymity -- Here Comes Shuggie Otis, Freedom Flight and Inspiration Information. Each one so perfectly blended rock 'n' roll, blues, R&B, funk and soul in a way so far ahead of its time -- it's startling. Beyoncé, The Avalanches, J.Dilla and Kanye West have all sampled Otis' work. Dallas' own DJ Sober pulled Otis' most popular hit, "Strawberry Letter 23," for track one of Satin Sheets Vol. 3, his Valentine's Day series. Now at age 60, Shuggie Otis has decided he wants to spend the rest of his life touring. Go listen to the title track of Freedom Flight with headphones on, and think deeply about what a great time it is to be alive. We are not worthy. Vanessa Quilantan
Charlie Robison and William Clark Green
Friday, October 4, at Granada Theater
This has been an exemplary year for Texas country young guns and grizzled veterans alike. This bill provides proof for both cases. Bandera's Charlie Robison hasn't been terribly prolific over the past few years, but his brand-new record, High Times, is yet another seamlessly well-crafted record of revved-up troublemaking and storytelling numbers that demand your full attention. Better than most, Robison can be an authoritative badass in one tune and a repentant soul-searcher in the next. While not a newcomer to the world of Texas college-circuit touring, William Clark Green has finally made his breakthrough. The Tyler native and former Texas Tech student is a folk writer with a rocker's grit. His most recent record, The Rose Queen, is his second excellent album in a row, and boasts his first No. 1 tune on the Texas charts, "She Likes the Beatles," which is the best barroom sing-along song of the year. Kelly Dearmore
The Pretty Reckless
Friday, October 4, at House of Blues
The Pretty Reckless has a solid balance of angst and remove, heartbreak and violence. The band, fronted by former Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen, started arena-tight and has gotten more so over the last few years. They're currently prepping a sophomore LP, Going to Hell, which is scheduled for 2014. Kiernan Maletsky
Queens of the Stone Age
Saturday, October 5, at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Other rock and metal bands may think they say "Never say die," but Queens of the Stone Age had to repeat it like a daily affirmation to remind themselves that they were still alive during the tumultuous six years following their last album. Lead singer and guitarist Josh Homme had a scary brush with death during a routine knee surgery that sank him into a hard depression. Thankfully, he and his bandmates bounced back by pounding out the kind of hard sounds that explore the dark recesses of humanity and remind us that the worst is over, as long as we let it be the worst from here on out.