The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 6/13 - 6/15
Happy Friday, folks. If you haven't already made plans via the Elm St. Tattoo Festival, which already has two nights under its belt this week, then you'll definitely benefit from this collection of great shows this weekend. Sure, the likelihood of you getting a tattoo lowers exponentially if you attend one of these instead -- well, maybe not Warped Tour -- but at least your fun levels will peak. (Or something like that. Give me a break, it's basically already the weekend, right?)
Mike Brooks Elm St. isn't the only festival happening this weekend. Vans Warped Tour hits Sunday.
Peter Bradley Adams
9 p.m., Friday, June 13 at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, 9403202000 or
danssilverleaf.com, $10/13 at the door
If you watched any TV during the early 2000s, you've probably heard the soulful, folksy crooning of Peter Bradley Adams. You may not recognize Adams as a solo artist, but his folkpop project eastmountainsouth was popular with both critics and fans alike. You probably heard the group's single, "You Dance," a few times on the radio in 2003, and both eastmountainsouth and Adams have contributed music to popular TV shows like Alias, Smallville and One Tree Hill, along with film work with director Cameron Crowe. As a solo artist, Adams' catchy and comfortable sound has also enjoyed critical acclaim, if less chart popularity than his previous projects. Adams' fifth album, The Mighty Storm, might be his best release yet, full of emotionally charged lyrics and memorable folkpop arrangements. Dan's Silverleaf is an intimate, comfortable backdrop to enjoy these mellow folkpop tunes, especially with a few ice cold PBRs in hand. Amy McCarthy
With the Front Bottoms, So So Glow and You Blew It, 7 p.m., Friday, June 13, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 2148249933 or granadatheater.com, $23/$28 at the door
Max Bemis, mastermind of Los Angeles' emo rockers Say Anything, has battled many demons over the years. Whether it's bipolar disorder or drug addiction, Bemis has succeeded in coming back from the brink and his band's music has remained remarkably consistent. Say Anything's newest effort, Hebrews, is another fine collection of (overly) emotional indie rock. Indeed, Bemis' vocals can be a lovethemorhatethem proposition as he squeezers every bit of angst from each and every syllable. Thankfully, he's also an excellent songwriter who straddles that fine line between pathos and comedy, as evidenced by new songs such as "Judas Decapitation" and "My Greatest Fear is Splendid." Darryl Smyers
Punk Rock Karaoke
Saturday, June 14 at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street, threelinksdeepellum.com, 6 to 9 p.m.
The five day, second annual Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival is bringing more than 50 bands to Deep Ellum stages this week, but when Punk Rock Karaoke sets up at Three Links, it's your turn to take the stage. If you've ever wanted to stand behind a microphone backed by a live band and belt out punk rock songs ranging from the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" to Black Flag's "Rise Above" and the Ramones' "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," then don't miss Punk Rock Karaoke. The Mumbles, which consists of Colin McCarty, Ted O'Loughlin, Darin Robinson and Allan Tate, will back the karaoke singers. The band has been nominated three times for a Dallas Observer Music Award in the Best Cover/Tribute Act category. The Mumbles rotate through about 100 punk and new wave songs, with McCarty accompanying the karaoke singers while the other Mumbles members contribute backing vocals. Daniel Rodrigue