The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/16-6/22

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Cut Copy's show is likely to be more exciting than this photo
Now that Father's Day weekend is behind us -- not to mention Warped Tour and the Elm St. Fest marathon -- can you believe June's almost over? This hump week (if you can call it that) sports a bevy of great shows. Expect appearances from local favorites Cut/Copy and Classixx later this week, an extra John Fogerty performance at Choctaw up north, and a visit from Atlanta rapper-crooner Future.

Charlie Hunter
With Scott Amendola, 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $15-20

Charlie Hunter is one of those musicians who can convincingly play in just about any style with disarming ease. Case in point is Hunter's newest full-length, a collection of EPs covering material from Hank Williams, the Cars, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. And while it can be cloyingly cute for a jazz player to take on rock and country songs, Hunter's delivery is respectful and, in some cases, authoritative. Hunter is a superb guitarist who understands the player must never exceed the inherent beauty of the song. Instead, it's all about a deft touch and impeccable style.Darryl Smyers

Too Short
With E-40, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $26

Before the YGs and DJ Mustards there was Too Short, whose raps told stories of pimps, drugs, and good ol' hedonism. With fellow West Coast rap pioneer E40, Too Short transformed the Bay Area sound with his eclectic mix of grooving beats and usually vulgar lyrics. Over a span of sixteen albums, the rapper (real name: Todd Anthony Shaw) has influenced entire generations of Bay Area rappers, maintained control of his Up All Nite label, and occasionally reappears to lay guest vocals for a variety of artists, including Lady Gaga in 2013. Michelle Ofiwe

With Rico Love and Q.u.e, 9 p.m., Thursday, June 19 at South Side Music Hall, 1135 South Lamar Street, 214-421-2021 or, $29.50

Atlanta rapper Future is coming hot off of his sophomore album, Honest, which dropped in April on Epic Records. You can count on Future moving the crowd with his new hits, such as "Move That Dope" or "Shit," both of which were produced by the talented Mike WiLL Made It. Compared to his earlier works, Honest, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, shows off a wider range of Future's talent with its drenched trap beats and lurching raps. It also features a raft of guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the game, including Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Kanye West, André 3000 and Lil Wayne. Future's been around the block a few times, so he has a lot of songs to perform from his mixtapes and his 2012 debut album, Pluto, in particular the album's biggest hit, "Turn On the Lights," or catchy, hard-hitting bangers like "Same Damn Time" and "Tony Montana." Mac McCann

Hercules and Love Affair
With DJ Red Eye, 10 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236, $15

From the time Hercules and Love Affair first charged on to the world dance music scene in 2008 with their self titled debut album for indie dance label giant DFA, they have always worn their love of synth-driven disco and old-school house on their sleeve. Since then, they have been forced to live in the shadow of their initial success. Perhaps not surprisingly, they hit a bit of a sophomore slump with the somewhat meandering Blue Songs, but their third studio album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, is a full-on return to form. More than their previous efforts this record is committed to a very raw, throwback drum machine house sound. When Hercules and Love Affair pass through It'll Do for a weekend DJ set, it prove to be a master class in classic house music. It will be an extra-special treat, too, because it's one of only two U.S. cities they're visiting on this tour. Wanz Dover

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