JEFF the Brotherhood at Club Dada, 7/23/14

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Mike Brooks
JEFF the Brotherhood brought some extra band members and a lot of hair to Club Dada
JEFF the Brotherhood
With Sealion and Not in the Face
Club Dada, Dallas
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The headliner gets the smoke machine. JEFF The Brotherhood is the headliner, therefore, they get the smoke machine. The band is tucked neatly under tufts of smoke, playing their hearts out to a crowd of manic fans inside Club Dada. It's funny, the title of the band's latest album is Hypnotic Nights and it couldn't be a more apt or self-aware or aspirational banner. Those manic fans in the front, in the eye of the mosh pit storm, are in a trance.


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Beyoncé and Jay Z at AT&T Stadium, 7/22/14

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Beyoncé led the way at AT&T Stadium with husband Jay Z last night
Beyoncé and Jay Z
AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For the first half of her and Jay Z's appearance at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday night, it looked like this show was all about Beyoncé. Every time she was onstage, Bey's presence trumped that of anyone else in sight -- including the Greatest himself. She danced, shook and sang like a woman on a mission, every movement authoritative, every moment used to assert her supremacy. Jay Z was left to feel like a glorified hype man.

But by the time the night had ended, the On the Run Tour had become something different altogether.

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The Antlers at Trees, 7/19/14

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Mike Brooks
The Antlers' Peter Silberman in action at Trees on Saturday night
The Antlers
With Thus Owls
Trees, Dallas
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I was more than a little shocked when I walked in to Trees on Saturday night. Call me stupid, but my expectation was a respectable and respectful turnout for the Antlers. After all, this is a band whose main currency is lyrical explorations of mortality, wrapped in atmospheric (read "mournful") music, often delivered in a delicate falsetto. Wonderful music for a late night with the stereo, but not exactly Deep Ellum date-night fare.


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Steely Dan at WinStar Casino, 7/18/14

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Danny Clinch
This is the most excited Steely Dan allows themselves to get
Steely Dan
WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Friday, July 18, 2014

At Winstar Casino in Oklahoma last Friday night, Steely Dan marched in with a sophisticated army of 13 musicians armed to mellow you out. The band's music always has a peculiarly lukewarm character, not quite uptempo enough to rock out to, nor emotive enough to be transporting. While other bands of their time were experimenting with psychedelic sounds and drugs, it would appear that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker preferred sitting around the studio passing around a joint. The result evokes the smooth and sentimental sound of an '80s romance movie -- which, sonically speaking, is exactly what the first half of the show resembled.

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The Mavericks at the Granada Theater, 7/19/14

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Bill Ellison
The Mavericks played for two hours at Granada Theater on Saturday
The Mavericks
The Granada Theater, Dallas
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rarely does a band get back together and return to anything close to the form it once had. But judging by their performance Saturday night at the Granada Theater, the Mavericks are the exception to the rule. Since reforming in 2012 (after an 8 year hiatus), the Mavericks have made one terrific album (2013's In Time) and continue to be an outstanding live act.

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Lady Gaga at American Airlines Center, 7/17/14

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Lady Gaga performing on her artRave tour
Lady Gaga
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Who is Lady Gaga? It's a question she may have asked herself in recent months. Certainly the popular narrative would have you think so. In spite of releasing an album,artPOP, that went to No. 1 late last year, the buzz was that she's washed up. An album that was supposed to be a major event somehow didn't feel like one. An album release party that was supposed to be high art just felt like goofy fun. And then there was the R. Kelly video leak.

But when Gaga showed up Thursday night at American Airlines Center for the latest stop of her artRave tour, she seemed to know exactly who she is: Mother Monster. It's a good thing, too, for that's the role she plays best.

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Mötley Crüe at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 7/16/14

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Courtesy the artist
Depending on who you believe, Mötley Crüe may have played their last Dallas show

Mötley Crüe
With Alice Cooper
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dallas loves Mötley Crüe. A nearly sold out show, thousands of people showed up at Gexa Energy Pavilion on Wednesday night to say farewell to a legendary band. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the heat, they sang every song with as much vigor as lead singer Vince Neil, who was left breathless a few times during his performance as an ocean of people chanted, "Crüe, Crüe, Crüe," as if the music had possessed them.

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KISS at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 7/13/14

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Rachel Parker
KISS: Just like we'd expected, exactly as we'd wanted
KISS
With Def Leppard
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Paul Stanley can fly. He soared over the audience, a star shooting across a starlit sky Sunday night at the Gexas Energy Pavilion. He landed on a spinning platform, while a demon, a cat and his Space Ace protector waited in the shadows. Standing above the crowd, Stanley played his guitar and worked the crowd like the superstar he is.

It's been 40 years. I've waited nearly half of my life to see the "greatest show on earth." Thousands of people were in attendance and one dollar of every ticket was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I'd never seen this many people at the pavilion in the two years I've been reporting for the Dallas Observer. KISS and Def Leppard didn't disappoint.

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Polyphonic Spree at Club Dada, 7/12/14

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Mike Brooks
Tim DeLaughter channeling the supermoon with Polyphonic Spree at Club Dada
Polyphonic Spree
With Sam Lao and Quaker City Nighthawks
Club Dada, Dallas
Saturday, July 12, 2014

A white curtain shrouds the band in anticipation. Ribbons hang around the stage's perimeter and along the fences in Club Dada's backyard. The ribbons are colorful, every spectrum of ROYGBIV is touched. Magically, as a whimsical orchestral tune suited for blue­bonnet picking plays, letters are scribbled across the curtain in a black marker font. "MOON" appears. Followed by "RMOON." And finally, the word, completed, "SUPERMOON."

The curtain falls to reveal Tim DeLaughter and his flower children, the Polyphonic Spree. DeLaughter conducts his band and seamlessly transitions them into the first number of the night, "Hold Me Now."

The Polyphonic Spree is with you now. The water is warm. Enjoy yourself.

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Erykah Badu at WinStar Casino, 7/12/14

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Mike Brooks
Erykah Badu
WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okalahoma
Saturday, July 12, 2014

From Oak Cliff to just over the Oklahoma border to WinStar World Casino it's just about 80 miles, roughly 90 minutes if you get lucky and there's no traffic. From Dallas proper it's an hour and from Denton it's just a shade over a half hour. This explains why more then 3,100 people made it to the casino's event center to watch Dallas born and internet and critical darling Erykah Badu perform last Saturday night.

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