The Top 10 Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/30 - 6/1

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June is upon us, people. Although its arrival is usually marked by an even higher peak on the heat index (not sure if that's even possible at this point), it also signifies the onslaught of new summer shows to partake in. Thankfully, June 2014 is already starting out strong with the recently announced Index Festival announcement party (featuring UME, Booty Fade and more!) and the rapidly-approaching Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival, which is slotted for the second week of June. All-in-all, it's a pretty good start to what's shaping up to be an interesting summer experience.

This weekend's sporting a healthy list of shows as well: from the Atlanta-trap style of Migos to American sweetheart Dolly Parton, you'll be sure to find something to properly kick off your summer vacay.


tUnE-yArDs
With Sylvan Esso, 8pm, Friday, May 30 at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, granadatheater.com, $25

Somehow Merill Garbus's tUnE-yArDs project has managed to get even more interesting with the release of its third full-length, Nikki Nack. It's an eclectic album that's awash in a fizzy energy that leaves the listener charged, elated and a little confused. The record's not a surprising step for an artist who doesn't so much defy the conventions of lo-fi folk as create them for a genre of her own making. Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso are maybe the most can't-miss opener Dallas will see all year, as their mix of sugary vocals and catchy loops might become the earworms you hear at every party this summer. Jaime-Paul Falcon


William Fitzsimmons
With Leif Vollebekk, 7pm, Friday, May 30 at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis Street, thekessler.org, $20-120

There's something intimately comforting about William Fitzsimmons' music. Of course, the relatively quiet, primarily acoustic-based arrangements of his songs and his lovely, delicate vocal ability create warmth that draws the listener close into his world. But there's more to it than that -- and no, it's not the Pennsylvanian's ever-ballooning beard, though that's impressive as well. Over the course of the past decade and six studio LPs, including this year's resplendent Lions, Fitzsimmons has been spectacular in his dependability. Not unlike fellow modern-folkies Josh Ritter or Joe Purdy, a singer and songwriter of this ilk that can be counted on to deliver gold, time after time, is a wonderful and yes, comforting, thing indeed. Kelly Dearmore


Neon Trees
7pm, Sunday, June 1st at The House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, houseofblues.com/dallas, $31.75-38.83

When you're trying to start a successful rock band, moving from California to the ultraconservative city of Provo, Utah, would seem to be a move in the wrong direction. Yet that's exactly what Neon Trees did. After being taken under the Killers' wings, Neon Trees had enormous hits with the radio-friendly (or radio-obsessed) "Everybody Talks" and "Animal" singles, proving to be plenty of fun despite their sober audiences. Their latest album, Pop Psychology, has far more depth than the name denotes. Having just come out as gay in March of this year, singer Tyler Glenn wrote a deeply personal album that relates his struggle between his identity and the Mormon church. Along with a more pronounced electronica influence, Neon Trees has reinvented itself, as a (still sober) new-wave pop act. Eva Raggio


Die Antwoord
9pm, Saturday, May 31 at The House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, houseofblues.com/dallas, $27.50-37.50

Literally translating to "the answer" in Afrikaans, Die Antwoord always has us wondering what exactly the question was. While we've all been trying to figure that out, members Ninja and Yolandi Visser have been steadily expanding their international fanbase with their special mix of stuttering, aggressive raps and viral music videos. After releasing their sophomore effort Ten$ion in 2012, the duo took some time off to build upon their Zef Recordz label and indulge in family life. However, don't trust them to stay gone for long - their upcoming album, Donker Mag, is slotted for a June 3rd release, just in time for the summer. Once that drops, it'll surely feel like the "zef" never left. Michelle Ofiwe


Dolly Parton
9pm, Friday, May 30 and 8pm, Saturday, May 31 at the Winstar Casino, 666 Casino Avenue, Thackerville, winstarcasinos.com, $75-125

Approaching 70, legendary country diva Dolly Parton is still a wonder to behold. Parton's voice has lost little of its power and her stage presence remains as indomitable as ever. Sure, she can be a bit overly earnest and downright corny, but the lady can belt out country and pop chestnuts like it's nobody's business. Parton wrote "I Will Always Love You" and her version has always been preferable to Whitney Houston's. In Parton's capable hands, the simple grace of the song is not overwhelmed by vocal pyrotechnics. It's worth the price of admission just to hear Parton handle "Jolene" and other gems from the '50s and '60s. Darryl Smyers


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Ooh!  Die Antwood! You're sooooo scary!

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@Steeve Daughter saw them in Houston festival last weekend - judged them annoying and moved on

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