The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, May 12 - 18

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Lucinda Williams headlines Ft. Worth Music Fest this weekend
Another weekend come and another weekend gone. Hopefully we all spent some quality time with our beloved mothers yesterday, having most likely spent all day Saturday doing some quality day drinking. (Or maybe we were just day drinking with our mothers.) It was perfect weather for both, in fact.

Naturally, the weather seems poised to return to it's schizophrenic tendencies for the foreseeable future . But that's no matter. After all, just look at the concerts coming up this week in Dallas -- including a French pop star, a Daft Punk BFF, and some bona-fide jukebox heroes -- for proof that sometimes schizophrenia is the spice of life.

Ingrid Michaelson
With Sugar & the Hi Lows and Storyman, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or

Indie piano-pop artist Ingrid Michaelson is viewed by some as the Queen of DIY music, and for good reason. Her songs have been featured on TV shows, commercials and films scores of times, so she has been everywhere. Her 2006 breakout hit "The Way I Am" introduced us to someone who could take rich if sometimes muted vocals, subtle percussion, and simple lines about offering her lover a sweater, and somehow make the whole thing seem sexy as hell. She's also given us "Be OK," which makes use of ukulele, jazzy upright bass, percussion, snapping, and clapping to augment her lyrics about never wanting to be fixed. She never sounds maudlin about her plight and never sugar-coats the effects that such a fix might have on her. Michaelson's music drifts into your consciousness without you knowing it, and this is a big reason why she is so damn likeable. Brian Palmer

Band of Skulls
With Sacco, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or

With a name reminiscent of an '80s American hardcore band, Band of Skulls is actually an English power trio that has been making mostly impressive indie rock for just about a decade. Decidedly stylish, Band of Skulls have, for better or worse, been consistently compared to the Black Keys and White Stripes. While such comparisons have not proven especially apt, Russell Marsden and his two other playmates do mine some similar influences that manage to peek their way out of the garage rock roar. Himalayan, the band's newest effort, is a rather slickly recorded affair that neither hinders nor advances the band's stylistic credibility. But it is loud and the band looks absolutely fabulous. That counts for something, right? Darryl Smyers

Johnny Hallyday
9 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or, $45-$78.

Serge Gainsbourg may have been the "Dirtiest Man in Pop Music," but when it comes to pop longevity, Johnny Hallyday has always held a special place in the hearts of the French people. Known as the "French Elvis" to his fans -- and there are many, as he's sold millions of records over a career that spans a half-century -- Hallyday had all the right pop star moves, including high-profile romances with movie stars, a taste for fast cars, and an inimitable knack for fashion. Sure, he copied folks like the King and Jerry Lee Lewis, even singing their songs in his native tongue, which likely explains his lack of international fame. But now that he's returned from a brief retirement, catching Hallyday means experiencing an authentic piece of '60s pop culture that's lasted a lifetime. Jeff Gage

Somebody's Darling
With the Days, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., 214-880-0202 or, Free

By the end of last year, Somebody's Darling was looking like a band to watch. The Dallasites' time on the road over the past few years has seemed to pay off with better and better performances every time they come back home. Now with their full-length, the follow-up to forceful sophomore effort Jank City Shakedown, on the way, that buzz has hit fevered anticipation. The band has already busted out new gems like therousing "Set it Up," which push singer Amber Farris, guitarist David Ponder and the gang into a more rock-focused direction. These days, there isn't really anything to call Somebody's Darling other than a rock band - except for tonight, when they'll strips things down for an acoustic performance. No doubt the ballads and southern-fried flavor should be out in full force. Kelly Dearmore

Fort Worth Music Festival
With Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Eat World, and more, 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, and 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Ft. Worth,, $25-100

What once began as a jazz-centric music festival in a completely different part of town seems to have grown nicely into its niche. Recent appearance by the likes of Dr. Dog, Kevin Eubanks, Galactic and The Walkmen have helped turn Ft. Worth Fest into a bona fide destination event, and this year's headliners -- alt-country queen Lucinda Williams, post-hardcore emo heroes Jimmy Eat World, and legendary beard of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons -- suggest another stellar installment. Local studs such as Ronnie Fauss, Oil Boom and Air Review certainly give the event a local feel without staying too small. What's more, it's tough to imagine a better spot for an outdoor, urban-placed festival in the Metroplex: Ft. Worth has figured out how to make the banks of the Trinity River an insanely appealing location, unlike a certain city we all are familiar with. KD

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