The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 7/11-7/13
So let's get this straight: right when it's starting to resemble something akin to a real Texas summer, with some triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, we start hearing about a polar vortex? Well, anything's possible. And with the World Cup drawing to a close this weekend, we might all be teetering on the verge of abject sadness.
Courtesy the artist Tim Delaughter and his gang will be back on Saturday
But have no fear! There are concerts aplenty in and around Dallas (even Oklahoma) this weekend. So let's all just forget about those summertime blues.
Friday, July 11, at South Side Ballroom
Art Alexakis is a zombie. You cannot kill him or his band, Everclear. Over two decades in, despite experiencing many highs (Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow) and lows (Slow Motion Daydream) and a list of lineup changes that is longer than Stacy Keibler's legs, the Everclear train is still chugging on. And while Alexakis the only original member left continues to churn out alternative albums and create polarizing and misunderstood video characters (Hater Jesus from "Hater" being the best example), Everclear's bread-and-butter will always be playing their early material. "Electra Made Me Blind" is still one of their most underrated, blistering rockers, and the alternative music lexicon will always love their more alterna-pop-oriented hits like "Everything to Everyone" and "Wonderful." But they were at their best when they were cranking out balls-out rockers like "Heroin Girl" and "When it all goes Wrong Again," so it's a good thing they still play some of those. Brian Palmer
Friday, July 11, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
While best known for the pedestrian soft rock that has defined his lengthy career as a solo artist, Lionel Richie made his very best music way back in the '70s as a member of the Commodores. Ballads such as "Easy," "Sail On" and "Three Times a Lady" as well as the masterful funk of "Brick House" helped the band cross over into the rock and pop markets. Since leaving the Commodores in 1982, Richie has made some massively successful music by basically making every safe choice imaginable. He is now more of an entertainer than a singer and his shows have become the equivalent of a slick and glossy Las Vegas production. Of course, the collection of forty, fifty and sixty-somethings in attendance will eat it up, as Richie's easy digestible confections are the perfect mid-summer snacks. Darryl Smyers
Saturday, July 12 at Winstar World Casino
Dallas' favorite artist-slash-activist-slash-attention-grabber, Erykah Badu is a performer who commands immediate reaction. Whether she does so through her remarkable, though infrequently added-to catalog, heated feuds with other enigmatic personalities or by stopping traffic with a bit of public nudity (the video for "Window Seat" wasn't filmed in-front of a green screen, just FYI), Badu is electrifying. She's expertly morphed into a multifaceted performance artist of great substance, even while adding to her celebrity with some innocent silliness. Indeed, it was none other than a mischieviously grinning Badu who, while in New York City last weekend to perform with Dave Chappelle and Public Enemy, toyed with a reporter on the sidewalk and tried to smooch him in front of a live camera. Such a clip wouldn't be so notable if it weren't for the fact Badu is rightfully just as big of a deal around the country as she is right here. Kelly Dearmore
With Eyes Set to Kill, December in Red, 8:00 p.m. July 13 at Trees, 2709 Elm St.,
214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15
(Hed)P.E. is an American rapcore band based in Huntington Beach, California. They have released ten albums since making their debut in 1994, and are generally known for utilizing elements gangsta rap, punk, reggae, and blues to create their signature "G-funk" style. Michelle Ofiwe
7:30pm, Saturday, July 12 at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $84-140
Long before One Direction or Mindless Behavior earned the screams of a thousand fangirls, New Edition roamed the earth as the first true-blue boy band, complete with sugary sweet love songs ("Candy Girl," "With You All the Way") and the personalities to match. For a while, it seemed like the reign of Ricky, Michael, Bobby, Ronnie, and Ralph would never end: with worldwide tours, chart-topping hits, and an endless slew of New Edition merchandise, the quintet's popularity spiked like never before in the mid-1980s. After Bobby (Brown)'s eventual departure in 1986, internal bickering and financial issues eventually did the group later in 1998. Thankfully, we did get some great parting gifts: the now-infamous Bell Biv DeVoe (comprised of Ricky, Michael, and Ron) went on to rule the 1990s, and so did a newly-controversial Brown with hit records like "Prerogative." The group's since tried to orchestrate a reunion many times with varying degrees of success, so here's hoping a 2014 run sticks. MO