The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/2-6/8

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Don't call it a homecoming: Parquet Courts play Tuesday
As the first week of June commences, Dallas will be expecting some interesting visitors. Although Swedish pop outfit Little Dragon is generating plenty of buzz in anticipation of their Saturday, June 7 performance, fellow indie-pop peers Uh Huh Her's Monday appearance will be sure to generate a substantial crowd. Expect a stellar set from Denton's own Pink Smoke later this week, as well as a 'blast from the past' from popular progressive metal band Winger.


Big Gus & The Swampadelic
7pm, Monday, June 2 at The Freeman, 2626 Commerce St, freemandallas.com, Free
In 2011, the Dallas Observer awarded "Big Gus" Samuelson the trophy for Best DJ. Samuelson does have an impeccable ear for great tunes and his low, Southern Barry White-ish speaking voice helps him excel in that realm on KHYI-FM 95.3. For years now, however, he has fronted one hell of a band, Swampadelic. By blending blues, zydeco and Western swing, Samuelson and his crew cover aural terrain that few area bands can. The Cajun flavor of his tunes comes naturally, as he was raised in Louisiana before making his way to Dallas many years ago. Kelly Dearmore


Andre Watts
7:30pm, Monday June 2 at The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, dallasopera.org, $20-70
André Watts' big break came when he was just 16 years old. In 1963, Leonard Bernstein invited the tall, lanky teenager to make his professional debut with the New York Philharmonic. Almost overnight the young African-American/Hungarian pianist was a classical sensation, selling records and traveling the world as a performer. Now in his 60s, Watts has evolved from teenage phenom to keyboard veteran. Over the last five decades he has performed with all the world's major orchestras and given recitals in nearly every famous concert hall. Watts comes to Dallas on Monday, as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House Recital Series. Starting at 7:30pm, he'll give a performance that spans the history of keyboard music, beginning with the light, bubbling sounds of Domenico Scarlatti's baroque sonatas and ending with the rich romantic melodies of Franz Listz's "Transcendental Étude No. 10." Katie Womack


Uh Huh Her
8pm, Monday, June 2 at The House of Blues Dallas, 2200 N. Lamar St, houseofblues.com/dallas, $8

There is a moody, darkly hypnotic aspect to Uh Huh Her's newest record, Future Souls, which is damn near undeniable. Combining electro pop with a down-tempo, chilled-out sensibility, the bulk of the album is perfect for make-out sessions in dimly-lit corners of clubs. But then there is the issue of wanting to listen to the music so much that your boyfriend/girlfriend/whatever will have to fight for your attention halfway through the first bar of the album's opener, "Innocence." In fact, before you are done listening to "It's Chemical" -- with Camila Grey's slightly warped, hazy vocals and keys that are in turns languid and sensual -- there is a chance you'll forget everything about your significant other and be drawn like a moth to the flame of the seductive qualities of the band's music. But that's the kind of alluring experience you want from a band anyway. Brian Palmer


Parquet Courts
With Swearin' and Radioactivity, 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 3 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm Street, dadadallas.com, $12
Parquet Courts may have been dubbed "The Last Great New York Band" recently by Grantland, but its roots run deep in North Texas. Frontman and former Dentonite Andrew Savage cut his teeth with local acts like Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids. So it was no response to us when the Brooklyn's-based band's Light Up Gold, released through Savage's own Dull Tools label, was met with a roar of acclaim from fans and critics alike, landing at number 11 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list and earning further accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Spin and The New York Times. Joined in Deep Ellum by Radioactivity (who need a Venn diagram to explain how prolific its members have been in local acts), and Philadelphia/Brooklyn DIY punk trio Swearin', this promises to be one of the hottest indie-friendly bills of the summer. Daniel Rodrigue


Ringo Deathstarr
With Blackstone Rangers, Midnight Masses, and Blessin, 10pm, Wednedsay, June 4th at the Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore Street, rubberglovesdentontx.com, $10 
Elliott Frazier has been making his own brand of star-gaze since 2005 when he first put early Ringo Deathstarr demos on Myspace. Since then Frazier moved from his hometown of Beaumont to Austin where he managed to put together a band, put out a handful of EPs, land a few record deals and tour the world, opening for the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins. The band's signature blend of ear-shattering volume, endless drone and devotion to the early shoegaze pioneers has garnered its fair share of critical praise, with many making it a point to warn concert goers to that it might get loud. DOMA darlings Blackstone Rangers provide support along with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead side project Midnight Masses and Blessin. Jaime-Paul Falcon



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