The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/14-7/20

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It might be a little tough to get out of bed this morning, but at least we all have a great collection of shows to look forward to this week. Not only is Dallas receiving another visit from the Mother Monster herself, but cool kids far and wide are lining up for the return of legendary jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan. Add in a couple of performances from some indie pop players and some Texas country favorites and you have one heck of a week for DFW music.

Kirk Franklin

With Tye Tribbett, J.J. Hairston, and Youthful Praise, 7:00 p.m. July 14 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, TX, 214-978-2583, $15

Kirk Franklin is an American gospel musician, noted for his creation and lead of many popular urban contemporary choirs of the 1990s, including One Nation Crew and the Family. A native of Fort Worth, Franklin displayed a natural inclination for music at a young age and soon found himself working as a music director and choir leader at the age of 12 for his local church. In 1992, he formed his first choir, the Family, and soon released their self-titled debut a year later. Since then, Franklin and his choirs have been responsible for a slew of hits on the gospel charts, including "Stomp" and "Nu Nation," and despite a few financial setbacks (including a 2000 lawsuit filed by the Family for allegedly missing royalties) has continued his reign on gospel and soul music. He'll be joined by his protege Tye Tribbett and gospel-soul singer J.J. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir. Michelle Ofiwe

Steely Dan
9 p.m., Friday, July 19 at Winstar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1­800­622­ 6317 or, $60-90

If there is any band worthy of a road trip, it's Steely Dan. While many acts that achieved the majority of their success in the 70's and 80's have descended into replacement member oblivion, the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen remain amazingly transcendent. Touring, they surround themselves with top­notch sidemen and dig deep into their back catalog in order to satisfy the hardcore fans. Folks who only know Steely Dan by hits like "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Reeling in the Years" will be sadly disappointed when confronted with esoteric and otherworldly numbers such as "Green Earrings" and "Bad Sneakers." Becker and Fagen are now in their mid­60s, but the duo shows few signs of slowing down. And with music this good, why would they? Darryl Smyers

Lady Gaga
7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, $38.75-415
The last time Lady Gaga played Dallas was in January 2013 and a lot has happened for Mother Monster in the time since - not all positive, either. Last year's artPOP was railed by many as a tired, half­cooked record short on ideas, while her extravagant release party was dismissed as uninspired self­indulgence. Then last month a clip leaked of her shelved video for "Do What U Want," an apparently ill­advised venture that was met with considerable backlash for the roles of alleged sex offenders R. Kelly and Terry Richardson. Public opinion may be at all­time low, but Gaga has always courted controversy, and regardless, her Little Monsters are resolute in their loyalty. Her performances remain as over­the­top as ever with plenty of dramatic costume and wig changes and choreographed dance moves. It's also a great chance to wear a weird outfit or maybe hardly any clothes at all, which is what Gaga seems to prefer herself. Regardless of the controversy, the spectacle at the center of it all remains much the same. Carmina Tiscareno

With American Dog, 8pm, Tuesday, July 15 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St, 214-978-2583 or, $27.50

Not to be confused with the high-falutin' car company trying to pawn its electric cars off on unsuspecting Texans, Tesla is the blue-collar alternative to '80s hair metal. Of the Sacremento, California band's eight albums released so far, they are best known for their international successes, such as 1994's Bust a Nut and 2007's Real Into Reel. They'll be joined by hard-rock quartet American Dog in support of Tesla's 2014 release, Simplicity. Michelle Ofiwe

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