The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/21-7/27

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Fitz and the Tantrums jump into Dallas this week

Well, so much for the polar vortex. With the temperatures looking set to start climbing back up in the coming days, it's going to time to start finding some places to take shelter indoors. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cool, welcoming concert venues that are nice enough to throw open their doors and invite us all in, with the added perk of -- duh -- some live music. Here are some of the best options for the week ahead.

Lil Keke
With Lil Flip, 9pm, Monday, July 21 at Elm Street Bar, 2810 Elm St,, $10

To hear Houstonians tell it, there's wouldn't be Houston hip-hop without its most noted heavyweight, Lil Keke. Born Marcus Lakee Edwards in the city's now-infamous Third Ward, Keke came to fame in 1997 with the release of the behemoth "Southside," the gritty, bass-packed track instrumental in placing Houston on the radar of hip-hop fans nationwide. Keke has since remained one of Houston hip-hop's strongest offerings, releasing over twenty projects since his debut in 1993, and linking up with just about every legendary Houston label, from Swishahouse to Screwed Up Records. Today, he's keeping Houston's legacy bright with a stream of underground releases, and even a few collaborations with the city's newest generation of rappers and singers, like rapper-singer Kirko Bangz. He'll be joined by fellow Houston rapper, Lil Flip. Michelle Ofiwe

Beyoncé and Jay Z
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington,, $51-$271

Hip-hop's most powerful couple is finally sharing the stage with their "On The Run" tour. And after that whole elevator smackdown in May involving Jay Z, Beyoncé and her sister Solange, of course there's going to be a little bit of talk, and many rumors, surrounding the show. Yoncé recently changed the lyrics of her 2006 hit "Resentment," about a woman being cheated on, to fit her life with Jay, adding to the rumors that he's been unfaithful. Or during Hova's performance of "H to the Izzo," a smiling Justin Bieber's mug shot was flashed on screen with Mrs. Carter adding, "Even the greatest can fall." Then again, far be it from these two to rustle up some hype for an already blockbuster tour. Not that they need it -- together, they've won more than 30 Grammys and basically made the music biz their personal playground. So forget the drama and check out the show for the music. Paige Skinner

JEFF the Brotherhood
With Sealion and Not In The Face, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $3 RSVP, $10 at the door

Tennessee twosome JEFF the Brotherhood are bringing their righteous jams to Dada for the latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series, which couldn't be more fitting. They're both straightforward, just a bit mangy and more than welcoming of a good time. The brothers Orrall have been playing headbanging shows for almost 13 years now and their seven-album catalog will give them plenty to build a formidable set list from. On top of their deep tracks, expect them to play extended jams of their songs and slather on some psychedelic sounds. Last time they were in Dallas, they opened up for another duo, the Kills, but this time they're headlining their own bill and brandishing their fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll in full force. Grow out your hair, cut the sleeves off your shirt and join the Brotherhood. Matt Wood

Kitty Pryde
With Awkwafina, the Weekend Hustler and Jenny Robinson, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $12

Drug users have been really into Kitty Pryde since she debuted in 2012 with the "hit" track "OK Cupid." But let's be real here: The brunt of the attention she receives is due to people's fascination with her being a young white girl playing coy and working in a genre that's not traditionally associated with people of that type. That's highly unfortunate if hardly surprising, particularly in the boys' club of hip-hop. Yet her laid-back flow and dreamy production work are more interesting than she gets credit for. Don't let the faux innocence of her lyrics fool you. She's already done plenty of "maturing." After all, it's just Kitty now. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Fitz & the Tantrums
9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or, $38.33-$49.83

Unapologetic, feel-good music can sometimes be hard to find in indie-pop, a genre notorious for taking itself too seriously. Fitz & the Tantrums are arguably one of the funnest bands to come out of the indie/soul/pop resurgence, and their live performances are so infectiously upbeat that they're impossible to hate. You'll probably need a shot of espresso to keep up at Thursday night's show at the House of Blues, if only because incredibly talented lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are known for kicking it up to 11. And then some more. There was some speculation that Fitz & the Tantrums may have just been another one-hit indie buzz band after the release of Pickin' Up the Pieces in 2010, but last year's More Than Just A Dream proved they'll be sticking around on the alternative charts for a while. If you need a midweek pick-me-up, this show is the perfect choice. Amy McCarthy

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There is a band called Hard Working Americans that is gonna blow the roof off the HOB on Sunday!!  not to Mention Cody Canada will be there too..  You guys got it all wrong this week!

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