The Best North Texas Concerts of 2014, So Far

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Mike Brooks
Over 100,000 fans attended George Strait's final concert in Arlington
Six months is a long time. Well, maybe not that long, but measured by concert calendar time, it's more than long enough to fit in lots of memorable experiences. So as we cross the midpoint of 2014 with the first day of July, DC9 at Night is continuing its recent look back at the year to date with a selection of our favorite Dallas and greater North Texas concerts from the past six months.

See also:
The Best North Texas Music Videos of 2014, So Far
The Top Five North Texas Country Albums of 2014, So Far

Mike Brooks
Dillinger Escape Plan played Trees in April

15. Parquet Courts at Club Dada
"As if to quell any of the repeated debate over whether Parquet Courts were still a Denton product, the band took the stage and introduced themselves as 'We're Parquet Courts, from Brooklyn.' This didn't matter to the near-capacity crowd inside Club Dada, made up of Denton kids, Dallas punks and local music fans alike. The crowd was high on energy and many moshed; some even crowd surfed, a hell of an accomplishment in a room of less then 400 people." -- Jaime Paul Falcon

14. tUnE-yArDs at Granada Theater
"It wouldn't be too far off to describe the whole tone of the evening as a celebration. When Merrill Garbus belted out the words to 'Real Thing,' every inch of her body seemed to course with the music: 'Oh my god, I use my voice!' she exclaimed, throwing her arms out and shimmying in place. The song isn't a celebration, of course. But to see Garbus perform it was like witnessing someone's awakening to herself, her gifts, her very liveliness." -- Jeff Gage

13. Dillinger Escape Plan at Trees
"Absolutely nothing is left on the stage. No one has under-committed to this show. The band starts out with a fusillade of 'Prancer,' 'Farewell, Mona Lisa,' and 'Milk Lizard.' It's not what your favorite live band might start out with. It's basically some sort of terrifying metal jazz, played at 400 mph. There's no deciphering it. There's no slowing down. There's no retreat, no surrender." -- Gavin Cleaver

12. Die Antwoord at House of Blues
"In what seemed to be a very short and feverish span, Die Antwoord burned through a string of slightly tweaked renditions of their most famous hits: 'Fatty Boom Boom,' 'Beat Boy,' 'Evil Boy,' 'I Fink U Freeky,' and 'Baby's On Fire.' The last of those was arguably the highlight of the performance. To throaty chants of 'Ninja, Ninja, Ninja,' Yolandi and Ninja put on a spectacle of lavish, seizure-like dancing, all of which, of course, was done in the couple's underwear." -- Jonathan Patrick

11. The Old 97's at AT&T Performing Arts Center
"Most of the group's albums were represented well. A few songs from the now 20 year-old debut LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, (including their cover of Merle Haggard's 'Mama Tried,' 'Four Leaf Clover' and 'Doreen') were played. The night's best set-list twist was provided when 'Longer Than You've Been Alive,' the scream-along opening track from the new album, was followed by the opening track from that first record, the still incendiary 'St. Ignatius.' Well played, to be sure." -- Kelly Dearmore

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