The 20 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, February 13-19

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Will Westbrook
Neutral Milk Hotel just might bring the best show of the year to Dallas this week.
It's Valentine's Day weekend in Dallas, and clearly, something about live music turns you people on. This entire week is jam packed with notable concerts, every single night. For your hot and heavy week ahead, we've got twenty live music date night options to try and help get you laid. Get a room in Denton for a romantic extended stay at the 7th Annual Thin Line Film (and now music) Festival. Maybe you're lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to the long sold out Neutral Milk Hotel, Lord Huron, or Young The Giant shows and have been planning a special night for months. Maybe you're single and just want to roll one up with your homies and say, "Fuck it!" In that case, I'll see you at Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Thursday.

Happy Valentines Day, Dallas. Use protection and stuff. Babies make it really hard to get out to concerts.

Thin Line Fim and Music Fest
Thursday, February 13 - Sunday, February 16 in Denton, Tx

Before 2014, the Thin Line Film Festival was Texas' only documentary film festival fest that prided itself on conceptually blurring the ever-thinning line between fact and fiction. But after six progressive years as the internationally known 10-day short film party, Thin Line will blur even more lines as five-day film and music festival in Denton, Texas on February 12 through 16. The Lou Barlow-fronted Sebadoh will headline, and 18 other mostly local bands will join them. Among those scheduled to appear are AV the Great, Booty Fade, Dim Locator, Fungi Girls, Jenny Robinson and Robert Gomez. Check the full lineup on the Thin Line web site. Shawn Gadley

Rebirth Brass Band
Thursday, February 13, at The Live Oak

Horns blare in harmony, umbrellas speckled throughout the crowd bob up and down, and second-line two-steppers move around you in perfect time. You may not be in New Orleans, but Rebirth Brass Band's live show is the closest Dallas can get. In their four decades together, Rebirth Brass Band have become a defining force in New Orleans jazz. Whether they're blowing out their long-standing Tuesday night residency at uptown NOLA's The Maple Leaf, on the set of HBO's critically acclaimed post-Katrina drama Treme, or being greeted at Japanese airports Beatlemania-style, Rebirth bring the Big Easy everywhere they go. This is not just live music, this is a singular cultural experience. Vanessa Quilantan

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Thursday, February 13, at Trees

Although the members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony may be getting a little long in the hip-hop tooth, the band still deserves credit for developing a unique approach to the genre that brought some much-needed melody to the gangsta rap roar. E. 1999 Eternal (ironically from 1995) is the band's landmark recording as it features the much imitated "The Crossroads." Uni5: The World's Enemy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's eighth effort, came out in May and shows that the band is still masterful at those super-fast rhymes and super mellow grooves. Darryl Smyers

The Bright Light Social Hour
Thursday, February 13, at The Kessler Theater

No one does psych rock quite like Austin, Texas. The Bright Light Social Hour is absolutely a testament to their home base's world famous music scene. Their most recent single, "Wendy Davis" was inspired by the gubernatorial candidate's SB5 filibuster at the state capitol. VQ

Young The Giant, Cayucas
Friday, February 14, at South Side Music Hall

Fueled By Ramen alt rock darlings Young The Giant are probably one big radio hit away from total Mumfordian level market saturation. They'll be joined by surf pop outfit Cayucas this weekend for a sold out show at South Side Music Hall. VQ

Friday, February 14, at Trees

Teenaged UK beat maker Hucci is a producer well beyond his years. He's built a sizable international following since the release of last fall's Rose Gold EP, which brings the ambient sounds of 80s dream synths to the foreground of minimalist trap beats. VQ

Def Rain
Friday, February 14, at Macaroni Island

Def Rain is the electronic project of prolific songwriter Ashley Cromeens. From metal to hip-hop and now to synth-pop, Cromeens has done it all. The hazy, globular synths of Def Rain's music may sound like soundtrack excerpts from retro-futuristic sci-fi films (think Blade Runner), but they never cease to stir the mind and move the body in equal measure. Johnathan Patrick

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I can't wrap my brain around the fact that Frankie Rose and White Lies were not listed. Both of their performances left me speechless. It was an unforgettable show. Thank you Granada.


What about White Lies @ The Granada??

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