A Place to Bury Strangers Were Straight-Up Deafening at Club Dada Last Night

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A Place to Bury Strangers didn't skimp on the volume on their rescheduled Club Dada date
A Place to Bury Strangers
With the Orange and Creepoid
Club Dada, Dallas
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fool us once, winter, shame on us. Fool us twice, shame on you. Fortunately, when it came to New York shoegaze band A Place to Bury Strangers' gig at Club Dada, the second time was the charm on Tuesday night as they played their rescheduled show from Friday night. It was rainy, sure, but this time there was no snow to get in the way. Equally fortunately, for anyone who had been eager to lose their hearing for about three days or so, the night proved to be more than worth the wait.


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Post Malone Joined Atlanta Rapper Key! for a DIY Rap Show in Dallas on Friday

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Hey, it's Key! Look at that wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist.

In case you've missed it, the hype behind Southlake rapper Post Malone is totally justified. On Friday night, in spite of the atrocious winter weather, he bookended an off-the-radar hip hop show in Dallas for Atlanta rapper Key! It was, in his own words, just his second performance of his new songs, the only prior such show having taken place in his new home of Los Angeles. Donning all white with an Emmett Smith jersey to boot, Post Malone performed his viral hit "White Iverson" and the criminally overshadowed "That's It." He has an uncanny amount of stage presence and looks as happy as can be, like the Cheshire cat if he was a smoker and a big Cowboys fan.

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Meghan Trainor Failed as a Female Role Model at Granada Theater on Friday

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Jack Gorman
Meghan Trainor (pictured in Houston) braved the snow to play Granada on Friday
Meghan Trainor
Granada Theater, Dallas
Friday, February 27, 2015

Meghan Trainor's sold-out appearance at Granada Theater on Friday night had every opportunity to be a disaster. Freezing temperatures, ice-covered roads and falling snow threatened to run the whole thing off the rails. There was also a Facebook campaign that promised to involve TMZ in matters, begging for a reschedule and proclaiming that all the children in DFW would die if it went ahead as planned.

In the end, Trainor's show went off without a hitch. Well, there was a hitch or two, but we'll get to that.

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Diana Ross Proved That She is the Original Beyoncé Last Night at Verizon Theatre

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Diana Ross, the consummate diva, pictured on the tour that brought her to Verizon last night

Diana Ross
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Talk about flawless. If you want to know what makes an absolute, no doubt about it, bona fide diva, look no further than Diana Ross. She's been at it since before the Beyoncés of the world were born -- hell, before some of their parents were even born. But that doesn't matter, because as one of the most influential figures in R&B and disco music, Ross' infectious music transcends generations. Last night at Verizon Theatre, she proved that very fact yet again.


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Jonathan Richman Staved Off the Wintertime Blues at Rubber Gloves Last Night

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Marcia Filipowicz
Jonathan Richman performing at Rubber Gloves.
Jonathan Richman Rubber Gloves, Denton Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Not liking Jonathan Richman is a bit like not liking Mr. Rogers. The Boston-bred singer radiates kindness and joy with a disarmingly naive charm. Once a forerunner of punk music with his band the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s, Richman's sweet, playful demeanor found its natural home in the more simplified environs of an acoustic singer-songwriter. Last night at Rubber Gloves, his warm stage presence proved the perfect antidote to the icy winter weather hitting North Texas.

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Asleep at the Wheel Lacked Real Swing at the Kessler Theater on Friday

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Ray Benson led Asleep at the Wheel through two shows at The Kessler on Friday

Asleep at the Wheel
Kessler Theater, Dallas
Friday, February 20, 2015

What to say about Asleep at the Wheel? The band is both a tribute and throwback to Texas Swing music, that glorious mash-up of country music and big-band jazz. And the band -- well, leader Ray Benson, anyway -- provides one of the few visible direct links to the cosmic cowboy scene of '70s Austin. The Wheel plays music that is timeless, infectious, and is meant for dancing. In short, the Wheel is near and dear to me.


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Taking Back Sunday at South Side Ballroom, 2/21/15

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Taking Back Sunday showed their scruffy side at South Side Ballroom on Saturday
Taking Back Sunday
With Letlive and the Menzingers
South Side Ballroom, Dallas
Saturday, February 21, 2015

The scene at South Side Ballroom on Saturday night for the fourth stop of Taking Back Sunday's 2015 tour looked like a combined high school reunion for the classes of the 2000's. The room was chock full of beard balm-packing, flannel-clad hipsters, with a few studded belts and some silicone jewlery to remind us all that these were one-time scene kids.

But there was an even bigger transformation that had taken place in the band's lead singer. When the band hit stage, there was a moment when the crowd was unsure if the man in black, standing at the mic was Adam Lazzara or a very impressive Russell Brand impersonator.


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The Coathangers Love Dallas and Proved It Again Last Night at Trees

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Mike Brooks
The Coathangers

The Coathangers
With Nothing and Cutter
Trees, Dallas
Thursday, February 19, 2015

By Anita Riot

The Coathangers are no strangers to Dallas. The ladies in the Atlanta-based punk trio (formerly a quartet) pass through town often enough that you could almost set a watch to it, but that never seems to dampen their enthusiasm for playing here. With their Red Bull Sound Select show at Trees making for a free (with RSVP) appearance, it was a gimme that local music fans would respond in kind.

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Trash Talk at Club Dada was Crazy, But Not as Crazy as It Could've Been

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Lee Spielman, pictured here in California, got into the action Tuesday night at Club Dada, too

Trash Talk
With Ratking and Lee Bannon
Club Dada, Dallas
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

There are varying levels of crazy in this world. It can range anywhere from the harmless, muttering-nonsense-to-yourself kind to the murderous, going-to-kill-the-next-person-you-see variety and anywhere in between. Bouncing gleefully between those poles is Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk who, thanks in large vocalist Lee Spielman, are usually comfortably crazier than your average punk or hardcore show. But on a cold and damp Tuesday night at Club Dada, the action never quite managed to go off the rails, however bruising it may still have been.

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Sarah Jaffe Shed Her Folk Singer Skin Once and for All at Trees on Friday

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Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe
With S1, Blue the Misfit and Sam Lao
Trees, Dallas
Friday, February 13, 2015

For many people, their first introduction to Sarah Jaffe was hearing "Clementine" performed in an intimate Denton venue like Dan's Silverleaf. After the release of Suburban Nature in 2010, people quickly crowned the soulful, soft-voiced Jaffe the Queen of Dallas Music. Five years later, that crown is still firmly atop her half-shaved head, but the artist that wears it is entirely different.

Friday night's show at Trees was not what anyone who was there was expecting, largely because no one involved really told us what to expect. It was announced beforehand that Jaffe would be debuting new tracks from her new project with hip-hop producer S1, but apparently no one got the message. Apparently, no one expected that Sam Lao, Blue, the Misfit and Jaffe were going to be performing a hip-hop show.

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