The Nine Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, October 17 to 23

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Tina Tyrell
St. Vincent plays Saturday at First Unitarian Church
Here we are, at four different DFW music festivals in one weekend. What is this? Are we Austin now? Is that what we're trying to do? We've got Index Fest out in Deep Ellum, Lolaspalooza in Fort Worth, Texas Veggie Fair in Reverchon Park, and The Lamar Street Festival on the South side. Frankly, that is just too much. I'm all for Dallas having plenty of compelling nightlife and live music options, but this is not options. This is overdoing it. Godspeed, Dallasites. Wherever you end up, let's have fun out there this weekend.

Lolaspalooza IV
Friday to Sunday, October 18 to 20, at Lola's Saloon

Consider this your three-day crash course in Fort Worth music (and a few friends), featuring big names like Burning Hotels and Riverboat Gamblers and up-and-comers aplenty. There will be stages inside and outside Lola's Saloon for the fourth installment of this thing, and tickets are $12 per day. Kiernan Maletsky

Mind Spiders
Friday, October 18, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

Denton's Mark Ryan might be the busiest man in Texas punk. For the last decade, his work in The Marked Men and High Tension Wires has garnered national attention. Now, in both Mind Spiders and Radioactivity, he's forging new territory. Mind Spiders will be celebrating an album release for their latest effort, Inhumanistic. The project's strong garage influence is an exciting new direction for the band. Vanessa Quilantan

Benefit for Nevada Hill
Friday, October 18, at Crown & Harp

This Friday, a benefit show for Nevada Hill, a Dallas artist who's been diagnosed with melanoma, will be held at the Crown and Harp. It will be the second in a series of three shows, one each month in the three corners of the DFW metroplex: Ft. Worth was last month, Dallas, and the last one on November 22 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton.

Each show, exhibits not only some of the most interesting bands that exist on the fringes of local music, such as Vulgar Fashion and Strange Towers, but also musicians who show support for a friend and artist. Read the rest of Aaron Ortega's blog post here.

Index Festival
Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, in Deep Ellum

This is the second year of the Deep Ellum Spune-hosted Index fest, and this time it's much bigger. The 2013 Index will span two days on nine stages, and will showcase more than 70 bands. Yes, SEVENTY. And, no, it's not just a bunch of filler, either. Index Fest has something for everyone. On Friday the spectrum spans from the folky indie-pop of Andrew Bird all the way to the art-rap of El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels collaboration (with more than plenty in between). Saturday is arguably the stronger day of the two, boasting an extremely impressive and diverse group of acts. Specifically, make sure to catch these three: the exquisitely dark post-punk band Warpaint, the historically savvy Americana rockers Titus Andronicus and the DJ-as-creator pop collagist Girl Talk. With this many bands and this much beer, I dare you not to have a good time. Jonathan Patrick

Lamar Street Festival
Saturday, October 19 on Lamar St.

In celebration of 100 years of the historic South Side on Lamar building, Dallas Morning News' GuideLive is throwing a big music festival. Because why the hell not, right? This one is nothing to balk at. In addition to an impressive lineup-- featuring Erykah Badu, The Relatives, and Home By Hovercraft-- there is also an amateur film competition. The best part? Prizes include chances to win 12 month loft leases at the historic property. VQ

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