The 8 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, March 24-30
Spring has officially sprung, Dallas! This light hoodie weather is gorgeous, the sun is shining, and the show calendar is nice and flush with options for the coming week. Get down and dirty with the dancehall king, get romantic with The Egyptian Lover, or get amped up with VNV Nation-- either way, get out there and get hyped!
Tuesday, March 25, at South Side Ballroom
Having already achieved so much in her 27 years, Ellie Goulding is still on the rise in both America and the UK. With previous hit singles "Lights" and "The Writer," Goulding released the repackaged edition album of Halcyon, retitled Halcyon Days, last August. It features more than 20 songs, including hits "Anything Could Happen" and "Burn."
Goulding revealed to a radio station that her U.S. and UK hit "Lights" does not chronicle a relationship, but rather the inspiration comes from her fear of the dark. (She said she shared a bedroom with her two sisters until she went off to college because she couldn't stand to be alone.) If her success on the charts in several countries isn't enough to persuade you to check her out, then maybe the fact that Prince William and Kate Middleton asked Goulding to perform her original and cover songs at their wedding reception will. Paige Skinner
Wednesday, March 26 at Trees
Deltron 3030 is the collaborative effort of turntablist Kid Koala, producer Dan the Automator, and futuristic goofball rapper Del the Funky Homosapien. They return to Dallas this week in support of their most recent effort, Event 2, which the trio worked on over a span of nine years. Get there early for local superduo Booty Fade. Vanessa Quilantan
Friday, March 28, at Heroes Lounge
Regardless of the jealous plots and machinations of the rest of the Jamaican reggae royal family, Beenie Man will still proclaim himself "King of the Dancehall" when the controversial reggae star descends upon Heroes Lounge. Though rivals like Yellowman may think Beenie Man is a pretender to the throne, a solid body of hits like "Slam" and "Girls Dem Sugar" prove he still rules. Steve Steward
Friday, March 28, at the Granada Theater
Based out of Hamburg, Germany, but featuring a duo from Dublin and Essex, VNV Nation play electronic music the old-school way: lots of danceable synthesizer melodies and harsh beats. Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson have been doing the EBM (electronic body music) thing since 1990, and they just keep getting better with age. 2013's Transnational featured more of the epic romanticism that has always fueled the duo's best work. Songs like "Everything," "Teleconnect 1" and "If I Was" recall the glory days of Soft Cell and Ultravox. VNV Nation produce beautiful blips and beats that are laced with the right amount of danger and violence. Best of all, Harris and Jackson never dumb down their music just for the sake of a sweaty throng. You can dance to this stuff to be sure, but you have to think about it as well. Darryl Smyers