The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/9 - 6/15

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Now that the excitement of the record-setting George Strait sendoff is behind us, you'd think this week would be all about the comedown here in North Texas. Not even. The next seven days have great shows happening every night of the week. It helps, of course, that Elm St. Music and Tattoo Fest kicks off in Deep Ellum midweek, guaranteeing five-straight days of worthy shows in and of itself. But from Denton to Gexa, there will be plenty more where that came from.

With Truth, Night Crimes and GIVE, 7 p.m., Monday, June 9 at Club Dada,, $12

Primarily the vehicle of Aaron Bedard and Aaron Dalbec -- who were originally members of major '90s hardcore bands Converge and Backbone - Bane has been a long-running side project for these stalwarts of Worschester, Massachusetts hardcore music since it was founded in 1995. Commitments to those other bands means that Bane hadn't released a proper full-length album in nearly a decade, but last month came Don't Wait Up. The band claims it will be their final album, but that they plan to continue touring for forseeable future. Jeff Gage

8 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or, $38

Failure, a band no one really thought would get back together, reunited last year and they are in the midst of a brief U.S. tour this summer. The trio, whose rightfully acclaimed third album, Fantastic Planet, became legends after they broke up in the late '90s. Their music has a spacey atmosphere that is unafraid to be heavy, sad and tuneful, all at the same time. Now touring and making music again (music that is worthy of their legacy, by the way), you should not miss this show if you have any remote interest in this band. Judging by their set lists from other dates, you'll hear the favorites like "Stuck On You," "Sergeant Politeness" and "Frogs," so you'd be a fool to constantly shout for their cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." They aren't playing that one, as they have plenty of original material that will satisfy you for hours. Eric Grubbs

Black Flag

With Hor, and Cinema Cinema, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $25-$120

The number of shots you do at a Black Flag show is directly correlated to the number of original members in the band. If it's just Gregg Ginn, you hit the bar like a mad man. Lucky for those who are trying to work up the courage to participate in Oliver Peck's Deep Ellum Tattoo Fest, Wednesday night's kickoff party features the latest edition of the band which includes just Ginn from the original lineup, with band manager/pro skater Mike Valley returning to vocals ten years after he last did them. So if you're looking to get into the "inked" game get to Dada, drink heavily and have some courage built up for getting your lucky 13. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Yoni Wolf
With Serengeti and -topic, 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 11 at Rubber Gloves, 411 E. Sycamore, Denton, 940-387-7781 or, $10/$12 at the door

Yoni Wolf, frontman of indie-rap group WHY?, is going it alone. The neurotic, non-sequitur-spitting Wolf has set out on a string of solo dates and he's bringing his one-man circus to Denton's Rubber Gloves. Rather than simply stroll through skeleton renditions of WHY?'s music, Wolf will be incorporating elements of his earlier material with cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet, as well as remixing work he did for seminal IDM act Boards of Canada. Enigmatic, deadpan, but always fascinating, Wolf's stage presence is something to behold, more like watching a self-deprecating therapy session than an emcee rhyming through bars. In spite of his eccentric frills, Wolf is a seriously stirring lyricist, humorous and poignant in equal measure. He's truly of that rare breed of artist that can strip truth to the bone with the force of their poetry. Jonathan Patrick

With Quaker City Night Hawks and the Roomsounds, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 12 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $15/20 at the door

Ben Nichols and crew are from Tennessee, but a serious case can be made for Lucero being granted Honorary Dallas Band status. As the group toured behind terrifically horn-heavy albums such as 2009's 1372 Overton Park and 2012's Women and Work, it was beyond common to see them swing through town. Hey, we even had them play at one of our Dallas Observer Music Awards shows a year or two after they headlined our night of DOMA Showcase concerts. Plus, Nichols wrote one of the best songs about Texas in recent years with the Townes Van Zandt ode, "Hey, Darlin' Do You Gamble." So it makes complete sense that these boys from the north will feel at home as they help to officially kick off this year's Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival in Deep Ellum. Kelly Dearmore

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