The 15 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, February 6-12

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Jessie Frye will host her Dallas album release show at Three Links this Saturday

Dallas, what the hell? It is offensively cold outside. I don't appreciate it, and I don't want any part of it, but despite my wants or needs, the polar vortex has laid its wrath upon us with great vengeance and furious anger. I took my dog for a walk this morning, and even in double layers, I wanted to vomit. This is America, goddamnit. Better yet, this is Texas. Why does February have to be like this? Gone are December and January's endearing holiday chill. Christmas is over. All that's left is this bitter, bitchy, punch you in the face and kick you in the ass kind of cold that makes you want to stay in bed forever.

But I can't, because there are a ton of great shows this week. So wrap yourself in layers upon layers of patterned Snuggies and get outside.

Josh Garrels
Thursday, February 6, at the Kessler Theater

Josh Garrels epitomizes the phrase "God loves a cheerful giver." During a two-week stretch last March, his albums were downloaded for free 161,245 times on Noisetrade, and all the tips he received -- more than $70,000-- were donated to charity. Additionally, his 2011 album, Love & War & the Sea in Between, was downloaded for free more than 125,000 times during its first year. So why are people going crazy about Garrels? Mostly because he is not your typical heart-on-his-sleeve singer-songwriter, nor is he -- as a musician of faith -- dropping Jesus bombs every sentence. The thought-provoking artist falls into that uncomfortable space between the two, which he relishes. "The Resistance" showcases much of what makes him interesting, mixing his thick-as-molasses Citizen Cope-like voice with Chris Martin's falsetto and the tongue-twisting delivery of early Mat Kearney, all while laying bare his thoughts on the sometimes beautiful, sometimes harsh intersection between faith and the real world. Brian Palmer

Wick-It The Instigator
Thursday, February 6, at Trees

It is exceedingly hard to be an original DJ and producer in 2014. But Wick-It the Instigator is as surprising as they come. It's not complicated stuff, necessarily -- some clever mash-up work, a judicious sampling of trends you'll find elsewhere in EDM. But visit his SoundCloud page and don't be surprised if you end up spending the day there. Kiernan Maletsky

Friday, February 7, at Granada Theater

Austin's Nelo have a sound that lies somewhere between pop, rock, and alt country. They've seen a good amount of success since recording their debut album at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in Spicewood, TX. This Friday, they hit The Kessler with local favorites, Seryn. Vanessa Quilantan

Curtis Heath Benefit Concert
Friday, February 7, at The Live Oak

Theater Fire guitarist and film score composer Curtis Heath was diagnosed with cancer a while back and, like so many creative people, was without the financial safety net afforded by health insurance. A series of benefit shows have helped to lighten the burden, though the expense of something like this is a black hole. So there's another worthy opportunity to help out here, with sets from The Baptist Generals, Dark Rooms and Priya and Andy. KM

Jimmie Vaughan
Friday, February 7, at the Kessler Theater

Whether solo or with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan's legendary guitar skills have been on display for the better part of four decades. Influenced by B.B. King and Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Vaughan's playing has always been beyond reproach. And unlike many skilled players, Vaughan also knows the value of restraint. Indeed, some of his best recorded moments have been when he played as much rhythm guitar as lead. His recent pair of Blues, Ballads & Favorites albums showcase how great a guitarist Vaughan is in an amazing variety of contexts. All of Vaughan's wares will be on display Friday night and the pristine sound at the Kessler will certainly enhance each and every note. Darryl Smyers

Friday, February 7, at Trees

Somewhere between Yo La Tengo and Dinosaur Jr., adjacent to shoegaze and Elliot Smith, sit Yuck. With aesthetics plucked straight from the '90s and melodies 10 feet deep, Yuck strike a hook-heavy balance between indie noise and the daze of surf rock. This is the kind of grungy pop that makes every ex-college radio DJ salivate; the sort of quirky tunes inevitably destined to soundtrack a thousand coming-of-age moments. Oscillating between crunchy chords and woozy fluidity, Yuck's sound is all strung out with enough infectious slacker charm to sidestep the nostalgia trap. Hell, it wouldn't matter much anyway because Yuck aren't making music that aims for the clouds. Their cuts hit you square in the gut and reverberate below the belt. On Friday the London four-piece will play Trees -- the very venue that famously housed Kurt Cobain himself -- and for a night Yuck's musical DNA will collide with the history that helped write it, and what an awesome scene it will be. Jonathan Patrick

Turnpike Troubadours
Saturday, February 8, at the House of Blues

Red-dirt country music doesn't get much better than Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours. This entertaining five-piece has been gaining new fans at every show since forming in 2007. The band's third effort, Goodbye Normal Street, came out in 2012 and highlighted everything right about Turnpike Troubadours. Songs like "Gin, Smoke, Lies," "Before the Devil Knows We're Dead" and "Call a Spade a Spade" are more akin to Steve Earl than Pat Green. Lord knows that's a good thing. Turnpike Troubadours are, thankfully, a little rough around the edges. Let us all pray that the band will stay that way. Darryl Smyers

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should also mention that Jimmie Vaughan probably went to the movies at the Kessler when he was growing up over there.


Green Jelly at Three Links tonight  (2/6) and Quaker City Night Hawks Friday night at Three Links - come on now

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