The 9 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, January 9-14

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A.Dd+ returns to the Granada Theater this weekend.
What are you waiting for, Dallas? We've got a throwback teenybopper pop star, a sampling of some of the best local hip hop this city has to offer, one of the heaviest metal bills we've seen in a good while, and Deep Ellum's first arts and music festival of 2014. Get out there and be great this weekend, y'all

The Mother Hips
Thursday, January 9, Dan's Silverleaf, Denton

Much like Texas, California is a state whose essence can be heard in many of the bands that come from it. You can guess the regional origins of San Francisco's The Mother Hips almost immediately. It's not that the Tim Bluhm-led group is a one-trick pony, though. Through 23 years and 14 LPs, EPs and live albums, the band has expertly covered musical terrain almost as diverse as the ecology of the Golden State itself. Last year's excellent, long-awaited Behind Beyond showcases tunes that rival anything the band has produced before. The sweet and sadly beautiful "Song for J.B.," written for former Wilco mad scientist Jay Bennett, talks of the "hippie highway" over acoustic strums, a mid-tempo beat and the cries of a pedal steel while the title track has a Haight-Ashbury vibe of psychedelia. It's quite the feat that the Mother Hips can create an entire album that feels pleasant without being perky and that sounds laid-back without being completely stoned and sleepy. Kelly Dearmore

Thursday, January 9, at Vista Ridge Mall

80's pop princess Tiffany is reviving her famous national shopping mall tour. This Thursday, at Vista Ridge Mall, she brings her saccharine stylings to the Dallas suburbs. We're hoping to see a few old friends in attendance. Vanessa Quilantan

Royal Bangs
Thursday, January 9, at Dada

There is something to be said for not taking yourself too seriously. God knows the guys in Royal Bangs don't. Jangly rockers like "Octagon" and "Better Run" are engaging enough with their respective themes of resisting being "normal" and shouting from the heavens to let the world know you aren't the loser everyone expected you to be. But their videos take the cake. The "Octagon" clip includes a series of random shots of debris flying into the camera and models punching band members' faces to make them spit out their food. And in "Better Run," guys charge at each other, joust-style, so they can nail each other with cakes. Meanwhile, a portly, scantily clad male sits on a horse and plays a saxophone. Randomness, thy name is Royal Bangs. Brian Palmer

Dallas Observer Presents: The North Texas Hip-Hop Showcase Vol. 1
Friday, January 10, at The Granada Theater

This Friday, we've teamed up with The Granada Theater to bring you some of Dallas hip hop's best and brightest. Nawfside heroes, A.Dd+ will headline the night with support from Blue, The Misfit, Sam Lao, -topic, Lord Byron, Jaeson Green, and AV the Great. You better believe we've got a few surprises up our sleeves for the DJ Jay Clipp hosted event. We've been telling you for awhile that big things are happening in Dallas rap. Now, we're going to show you. VQ

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