The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/23 - 6/29
Well Dallas, it's finally officially summer, which can only mean one thing: lots and lots of rain. Hey, wait a minute. That's supposed to be "crazy heat," isn't it? OK, so sometimes life is a little unpredictable, but neither that nor the weather are going to be keeping us from checking out concerts this week. There are plenty to choose from, too, including some midweek gems from scatological punks Diarrhea Planet and compulsive droners Swans.
Patrick Michels Merle Haggard follows his friend Kris Kristofferson to town later this week.
With Moonlight Nation, 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at The Kessler Theatre, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $22-130
With a career totaling a whopping six years on the indie pop scene, Yuna's career definitely doesn't stack up to her R&B-influencers peers. Yet she has already made a name for herself in music, releasing her debut US EP, Deocrate in 2011 and a 2012 collaboration with Pharrell Williams. In 2013, she found a new home in Verge Music Group for her third release, Noctural, where she remains, working on her next EP. Michelle Ofiwe
With Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $12
It's been about 20 years since Blink182 formed, so maybe that kind of music is en vogue again. If so, it's probably easy to think of Diarrhea Planet as some sort of snotty pop-punk band because they crack jokes in between songs about girls and boners. Don't confuse the two, though, because you'll miss the fact that Diarrhea Planet's music is full of ennui, despair and frustration, grown-up emotions that drift beneath currents of total Iron Maiden-esque shred-work. But even when they're conjuring, like, real feelings and shit, Diarrhea Planet is still a party. You can get down with your adult self and crush all the tall boys you want, all at the same time. Steve Steward
Waka Flocka Flame
10 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave., 214-826-4768 or thelizardlounge.com, $30-$110
Don't let reality TV fool you: Waka Flocka Flame hasn't changed just yet. Although the 28-year-old rapper took some time off last year to muck around on VH1's sometimesentertainingbut-always-disconcerting Love and HipHop: Atlanta, he's been working steadily on a new sound and look for 2014. Earlier this year he announced his intentions to release Flockaveli 2, a rap -EDM mashup album that sports collaborations from Steve Aoki, Drake and NeYo, among others. With a national tour on its heels, it may be some time before Waka returns to the small screen, but at least we know he'll be doing what he does best in the interim. Michelle Ofiwe
7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $20
Words like apocalyptic, macabre and brutal come to my mind when thinking about artrock act Swans. But so should beautiful, even if beauty, insofar as Swans is concerned, is courted only in the most severe terms. Where early Swans from their 30-year run was about rage and human grotesquery, their present music is concerned with expressing the redemptive qualities inherit therein, which, in large part, is why the band has never sounded so fierce. Released early last month, their 13th studio album, To Be Kind, might very well be the band's crowning achievement, a surging, transcendent monolith of a record that offers absolute emotional entombment by way of instrumental enormity and spiritual undercurrents. Their live shows, meanwhile, have never been so monstrous, with songs lasting hours. The result is not so much a hallucinatory state as a mystical one, a total purgatorial trance that's absurdly devastating but, above all else, glorious and, yes, beautiful. Jonathan Patrick