The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/18 - 8/24

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Rachel Parker
Mothers and daughters unite: 1D is coming back to Dallas this week

It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in those blockbuster concert experiences. Depending on where you are in school, and perhaps also which parent you happen to be going with, that could mean the 1D show at AT&T Stadium. Or it could mean Aerosmith at American Airlines Center. Either way, this week is chock full of opportunity.

With the Voodoos and Supernova Remnant, 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or $26

It's a story that's become more and more familiar as rock and punk acts from the '80s grow into middle age: original members get replaced and sometimes even break into rival iterations of the same band. Interestingly, both versions of progressive metal act Queensrÿche have released new albums and both are playing Texas this summer. While the Todd LaTorre version of the band only makes it as close as Laredo on the 15th, original singer Geoff Tate's version makes it to Trees a few days later. Fans may quibble over which version is the best, but it's usually better to stick with the voice of the initial hits. Now whether or not Tate and his crew can deliver the pretentious goods of 1988's Operation: Mindcrime is up to those in attendance. Darryl Smyers

El Ten Eleven
Thursday, August 21, at Sons of Hermann Hall

Post-rock is a rather sterile term to be applied to the infectious music produced by bassist and composer Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty. Collectively known as El Ten Eleven, the duo has been creating their unique brand of propulsive instrumental rock for a dozen years. Kind of like a modern version of Devo without vocals, El Ten Eleven plays catchy, vaguely atmospheric rock that is definitely nerdy, but not as heavy-handed as many bands labeled post-rock. In fact, live these two talented musicians are fun and engaging, all without saying a word. DS

Panic! At the Disco
With Youngblood the Hawke and Walk the Moon, 7 p.m. Friday, August 22, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S Lamar St, 214-421-2021 or, $39.50-$45

Man, Las Vegas is weird. Look at the list of bands from there: The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Friday night's headliner at the South Side Music Hall, Panic! at the Disco. One was the only band to survive the nu-new wave boom of the mid-2000s, one is currently selling out arenas and one is the only band not named Fall Out Boy who is still drawing pop-punk fans in the thousands. In other words, what happens (musically) in Vegas get's huge and doesn't stay in Vegas. Panic! at the Disco's 2013 release, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! was a drastic move away from their pop-punk roots into the world of EDM, with heavy hip-hop influences. Honestly it's a smart move by a band who is trying not only to survive eight years after they broke through, but find new fans. Jaime-Paul Falcon

With Slash, 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 22, at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $49.50-$149.50

Despite the recent heart issues afflicting drummer Joey Kramer that caused the cancellation of a recent show in California, the seemingly ageless Aerosmith make their way back to Dallas this Friday. Surprisingly, out of all of the bands that had their heyday in the '70s, Aerosmith remains one of the few that have managed to make decent music in the decades since. The band's continued popularity is a statement to the enduring quality of Steven Tyler's sneering vocals and Joe Perry's always top-notch guitar playing. Of course, classic songs such as "Walk This Way," "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Sweet Emotion" don't hurt either. DS

Location Info


AT&T Stadium

1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX

Category: Music

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