The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, May 19-25

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Mark Oliver Everett and Eels: spaceships not included

Which way do you want to rawk this week? Because there are a number of different ways to do so, given the lineup of concerts that hit Dallas between now and Sunday. If it's metal you're looking for, this should be an especially bountiful week. If it's arena-sized power ballads, you're in luck as well. And if it's English indie rock from kids on their first-ever U.S. tour, you better believe you're in luck. (Not that that's like overly specific or anything, right?) Regardless, find out all the deets after the break.


Eels
With Chelsea Wolfe, 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St., 214-880-0202 or attpac.org, $33-$38

Similar to Bon Iver or even St. Vincent, Eels are one of those acts where folks refer to them as if they're fully-fledged bands. Sure, Justin Vernon and Annie Clark have people perform with them in studio and on stage, just as Mark Oliver Everett does when he plays under the Eels moniker. But the band is undeniably his, a fact highlighted by the title of this year's melodic and calmly quirky release, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. It's the work of an artist in full control of his own creation -- like much of the adventurous and not-always-accessible work since his 1996 mainstream hit "Novocaine for the Soul." Oh, and don't sleep on the opening act. Chelsea Wolfe is an enchanting, sometimes dark performer who's as comfortable with an acoustic guitar as she is with goth-y synths. Kelly Dearmore


Castle
With Mountains of Smoke and Black Summit, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $10

Castle may be from the sunny, surf's-up environs of San Francisco, but you wouldn't know it from their dense, sludgy riffing. It may not exactly be black metal, but it's also hard to think of any other color that the band's music conjures. Much of that is due to Elizabeth Blackwell, whose bass digs deep for the most guttural of tones, while her equally raspy vocals hoverhead. In fact, if it weren't for Mat Davis' shredding pentatonics, Castle could be the Melvins slowed down to 60 bpm. Their visits to Three Links coincides with the release of their latest album, Under Siege. Jeff Gage


Morrissey
With Kristeen Young, 8 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., 855-289-2856 or majestic-theater.com, Sold out

By the time you read this, Stephen Patrick Morrissey, may have cancelled yet another Dallas show. But if everything works according to plan, it's a safe bet we're in for a treat (a non-meat treat, of course). The Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas lives up to its name in every way, and when Moz tours and actually shows up for gigs, reports usually indicate he's on his well-coiffed game. Unlike Johnny Marr, with whom he once fronted the immensely influential Manchester band the Smiths, Morrissey has a more-than-solid pedigree as a solo act. (Granted Marr has spent most of the intervening years recording as part of full-fledged bands.) One of the longer recording breaks Morrissey has taken since 1988 will end in July when his latest offering, World Peace is None of Your Business, hits shelves across the globe, officially following up 2009's thoroughly entertaining Years of Refusal. Pro-tip: Be sure to hit the Smiths-centric East Dallas bar Strangeways for a pint or three after the show. KD


Johnette Napolitano
With Madison King, 7 p.m., Friday, May 23, at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $20-$30

Best known as the husky throated singer for the '80s alternative act Concrete Blonde, Johnette Napolitano has actually had a more interesting solo career than would have ever been suggested by the work with her rather pedestrian band. Indeed, Napolitano has contributed songs to a wide variety of films and television series and has shown a sense of adventure rarely seen while fronting a band. Contemplative and downright folksy, Napolitano's solo work (finally) makes good use of the lady's beautiful baritone. Darryl Smyers


Eagulls
With Twin Peaks, 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $10/$13 at the door

Eagulls already have plenty of buzz in their home country of England, opening for the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Suede. Hitting the U.S. for the first time, watching the brash shoegaze five-piece do their thing should make for a more-than enjoyable way to unwind from another long-ass workweek. Showing off material from their eponymous debut album, including the great "Possessed," let's give these guys a warm Texas-sized welcome and offer to come back again. Olympia, Washington's Twin Peaks open. Eric Grubbs


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