The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/23 - 5/25

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UK's Eagulls make their Dallas debut tonight at Three Links
Finally, we have a three-day weekend. No doubt the schedule for most over the next several days will be heavy on time spent outside, preferably grilling out or in a swimming pool. (Or better yet, both.) But there are also plenty of great show to be seen, and if the calendar is thinner on festivals than it has been over the past couple months, that's no matter. From Oak Cliff to Grand Prairie, we have ten reasons to leave your back yard and get out to the clubs this weekend.

Black Label Society
With Down, Devil You Know, and Butcher Babies, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie,, $29.50 - $35

For all intents and purposes the solo vehicle of on-again off-again Ozzy Osbourne guitar man, Zakk Wylde, L.A.'s Black Label Society has itself had quite a time of keeping itself together. When they are, of course, they make for a testosterone-fueled brand of heavy metal, full of solos, shredding rawk star pyrotechnics. The trouble is, the band's members -- even Wylde himself -- have a tendency to come and go with some frequency. However, the true highlight for many on this night may well be the return of former Pantera singer, DFW-bred Phil Anselmo, who will be performing with his formidable New Orleans act, Down. Jeff Gage

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

With Twin Peaks, 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $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

With Cerebral Ballzy and Nasa Space Universe, 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $15

Although it's sacrilege to call any collection of hardcore punks a supergroup, Los Angeles' OFF! would almost certainly qualify for such an ironic descriptor. Fronted by former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, OFF! plays hardcore the old fashioned way: gloriously loud, unapologetically unpolished and overwhelmingly offensive. Even though the other members of OFF! have solid punk rock pedigrees, it's clearly Morris' show as he froths at the mouth while "singing" such '80s-inspired fare as "Void You Out" and "Death Trip on the Party Train." Nearing 60, Morris is in amazingly pissed-off individual who shows no sign of letting up or slowing down. DS

Alejandro Escovedo
With Max Gomez, 7 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at Kessler Theater, 230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $20-$30

Now decades into a recording career that stretches back to the early 1980s, Austin's Alejandro Escovedo has solidified himself as one of Texas music's true living legends. His cocktail Mexican folk and American rock has long since passed the realm of niche listening and garnered critical acclaim around the globe. This year he even made a cameo in the Veronica Mars movie, a sure sign of any artist's pop culture credentials. But catching him in the intimate environs of the Kessler is where he's really meant to be seen. JG

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