The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/30-7/6

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Willie Nelson returns for his annual 4th of July Picnic in Fort Worth
With July 4th coming up this Friday, this will be that most patriotic of weeks where we can sit back and bask in the glory of our homeland: Texas. (Well, America too.) And can mean only one thing: lots of and lots of country music. From singer-songwriters to outlaws and Willie Nelson's picnic, there will be plenty to celebrate around Dallas over the next seven days.

Amen Dunes
With Axxa/Abraxas, 7:30pm, Monday, June 30th at City Tavern, 1402 Main St., 214-715-1402 or, $10-12

It's a sneaky idea for an essentially solo artist to perform music under a moniker that functions as a band name when they could easily rely on their own given name. It allows them to switch up styles or bandmates and steer the music into assorted directions without appearing too culpable. For several years now, Brooklyn's Damon McMahon has offered up psychedelia that's taken on different forms over the course of three albums as Amen Dunes. McMahon's latest album, Love, released on the dependably excellent label Sacred Bones (which boasts the Men and Psychic Ills, among others), still has the hazy psychedelic leanings he's honed, but in a more acoustic, accessible manner than ever before. Some tunes from the new album even recall the great atmospheric tunes of Mazzy Star, thanks to more traditionally leaning song structure. But hey, it's not McMahon switching things up, after all; it's Amen Dunes. Take it up with "them." Kelly

David Allan Coe
9pm, Wednesday, July 2 at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Building,, $20-40

Considered a pioneer of "outlaw country," by many, Coe first burst onto the country scene in the early 70s, and quickly built a fan following for his unpredictable shows and rock-influenced blues. After releasing his debut, Penitentiary Blues, in 1968, the singer-songwriter went on to enjoy much success among country-western fans, despite his inability to advance into the mainstream. After a slew of difficulties in the late 80s, Coe has since revived his career, and is definitely ready to continue doing what he does best. Michelle Ofiwe

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Streets of Laredo
With The Hunts, 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3 at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street,, $10

This seven-­piece Brooklyn-­based band takes inspiration from '70s folk music and the folkier side of modern-­day artists like Alex Ebert and Arcade Fire. Originally a quartet that started in New Zealand, Dave Gibson and company came Stateside a couple years ago to pursue their musical ambitions in earnest. Recently they opened for Cults and Kaiser Chiefs and played at Bonaroo. Hailed by tastemakers for catchy single "Girlfriend," a twisty psychedelic folk tune, Streets of Laredo are known for their charming stage presence and tendency to make use of whatever instruments they can find. With stand­up drummers, horn players, guitars on both corners of stage and even homemade instruments, you can expect to jam out to soulful folk tracks when the band swing through town right before the end of their current North American tour. Carmina Tiscareno

Young Widows
With White Reaper and Nervous Curtains, 8pm, Thursday, July 3 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $10

Born from the now-defunct Breather Resist, KY's Young Widows have since developed a sound that lies far from their early mathcore days. Their mix of hardcore and indie rock seems like something truly their own, developed over a collection of studio albums and EPs with other noteable hardcore acts. MO

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
11 am, Friday, July 4 at The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 500 NE 23rd St, Fort Worth, 817­-624­-7117 or, $40-­250

July 4th means one thing to music fans in North Texas: it's time to go to Fort Worth for Willie Nelson's star-­and­-stripes picnic. The 81-­year-­old returns to the Fort Worth Stockyards for his annual Independence day celebration with his trusty guitar Trigger in hands and some help fromnsupporting acts Ryan Bingham, Charley Pride, David Allen Coe, Dierks Bently, Ray Willie Hubbard, Jamey Johnson and many more. It's a festival that manages to blend the best of outlaw, red dirt and alt-­country, much like the original version of the event did way back in 1973 outside of Dripping Springs. This is a bucket list event for every Texan, native and transplant alike. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Location Info

City Tavern

1402 Main St., Dallas, TX

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