Dr. Dog Peddled Safe and Predictable Nostalgia at House of Blues on Thursday

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Nicky Devine
Dr. Dog plays it safe, the American way

Dr. Dog
With mewithoutYou
House of Blues, Dallas
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dr. Dog are quite good at what they do, as they proved in a tight set last night at the House of Blues. But, as even their fans will likely admit, what they do is recycle, repackage, rearrange, and recreate the sounds of late '60s and early '70s pop/rock, from The Beatles to Crosby, Stills, & Nash. To most of the folks in attendance, it's safe to say such faithful revivalism is a decently valuable commodity, but that fact is already enough to shed some light on the central demographic we're dealing with here.


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Ariana Grande Made Us Feel Old at American Airlines Center, But Her Voice Makes It Worth It

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Marco Torres
Ariana Grande (pictured last month in Houston) doing what she does best: singing her butt off

Ariana Grande
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'm not exactly the target demographic for an Ariana Grande show. I'm a 23-year-old male who's been listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett and Chilly Gonzales lately. Out-of-touch record executives can't plan marketing campaigns around a guy like me. Ariana Grande isn't for me. But when I saw her play at American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, she made a fan of me anyway.


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Talib Kweli Brought Some Brooklyn Fire With Him to Trees Last Night

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Talib Kweli hasn't lost any of his underground fire over the years

Talib Kweli
WIth Immortal Technique, Niko IS, Chino XL, CF and Poison Pen
Trees, Dallas
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"You mean Talib, lyrics stick to ya rib?" It was a subtle part of the night, slipped in before Talib Kweli even hit the stage at Trees on Wednesday, but it was one that resonated. The line is from Kanye West's classic 2004 debut The College Dropout, and it speaks to why Kweli's latest tour, dubbed the People's Champion Tour, is so hard-earned. Now a veteran at 39, he's carried the weight of the East Coast underground on his shoulders and spit fire through the mic for two decades. Even Kanye recognizes that.

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Dallas' Love for Selena Knew No Bounds at Country Burger on Saturday

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Jaime-Paul Falcon
Selena's legacy will forever outlive the haters in the hearts of her Dallas fans

Selena 20th Anniversary Party
Country Burger, Dallas
Saturday, March 28, 2015

I saw the greatest piece of post-modern, Tumblr-era art on Saturday. It was a plaque-like piece of art featuring a photo Selena's killer Yolanda Saldívar with the phrase "Certified Hater." Naturally, it was written in the type of iconic typography you see adorning the back of custom low riders in Latino neighborhoods throughout Texas. It had a list price of $50; I had to be talked out of purchasing it.

This, friends, is how we celebrate Selena in Dallas.


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RiFF RAFF Played in Dallas on Friday and We're Pretty Sure We're Permanently Scarred

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Mike Brooks
RiFF RAFF, nightmare inducer, as seen in Dallas in 2014

RiFF RAFF
Thee Theater, Dallas
Friday, March 27, 2015

It's like a nightmare. All of the worst nightmares combined into one. One where you are naked in front of your peers, trying to scream but nothing is coming out, and you somehow end up in a car that is flying off the High 5 in Dallas. You are jolted awake in a deep sweat and you pray to God for sweet dreams the rest of the night.


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The Bomb Factory Made a Stunning Debut in Dallas on Thursday Night

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Mike Brooks
This is what 4,000 people inside The Bomb Factory looks like

Erykah Badu
With Sarah Jaffe
The Bomb Factory, Dallas
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last night, the scene in Deep Ellum was unlike any we've seen before. Well, unlike any we've seen in many years, at any rate, depending on who you ask. It was still daylight and there was a line of people wrapping all the way around an entire block near the corner of Canton and Crowdus. And several hours later, the line was still there, with more and more people flocking to see what all the fuss was about with Dallas' "newest" concert venue, and possibly its most exciting: The Bomb Factory.

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Even the Flu Couldn't Keep Sylvan Esso Down Last Night at Granada Theater

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Maddox Price
Sylvan Esso didn't disappoint on their first-ever headlining Dallas appearance

Sylvan Esso
With Generationals
Granada Theater, Dallas
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What a difference a year makes. In fact, in this case, not even a year. Last spring, Sylvan Esso made their first appearance in Dallas, opening for tUnE-yArDs at the Granada Theater. That night, many felt the duo stole the show from the headliner. On Tuesday night, only 10 months later, they were back for their own, sold-out performance that brought out the city's best-dressed Coven fan girls. Seriously. Wide-brimmed, floppy hats most definitely outnumbered male concertgoers, 2-1.

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Spillover Fest on Sunday Was Dallas Festival Music at Its Best

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Mike Brooks
The Liars topped off a Deep Ellum-style party at Spillover Festival on Sunday night

Spillover Music Festival
With Liars, Iceage, King Tuff and more
Deep Ellum, Dallas
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Yesterday, Spillover Fest embodied the minimalist ideal. To paraphrase a quote, minimalism doesn't mean a lack of something, but having exactly the right amount and no more. With three stages (well, four stages spread across three venues) and about 30 bands all squeezed into one manic day, Spillover assuaged the festival fatigue boiling over from Austin by keeping crowds bouncing between venues, eager to catch the next act. And with the beautiful Sunday afternoon weather to spur things on, it felt like Dallas music had finally given 2015 a proper kickoff.

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Stevie Wonder Played Like a True Legend Sunday at American Airlines Center

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Jack Gorman
Stevie Wonder, pictured recently in Houston, was phenomenal Sunday in Dallas

Stevie Wonder
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Sunday, March 22, 2015

There's something about musical legends and the month of March in Dallas. Last year we were given an almost three-hour-long performance by Bruce Springsteen ahead of the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Finals that was widely considered the concert of the year. Then, just last night at a packed American Airlines Center, Stevie Wonder repeated the feat.


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Sure, Hozier Took Us to Church Friday at House of Blues. We Guess.

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Hozier has a lot on his mind, guys. That's why he stands in one place

Hozier
With George Ezra
House of Blues, Dallas
Friday, March 20, 2015

We're going to save you from some horrible Hozier-took-us-to-church pun opener and get straight to the point. Hozier is boring. It's not that his music isn't good or his lyrics don't convey a deeper meaning (Just look at "Take Me To Church," a rather clear metaphor between a relationship and religion), it's just that listening to his vinyl record in a room with thousands of strangers would have been just as captivating as seeing him live at House of Blues in Dallas on Friday night.

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