The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 1/26-2/1

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This is Son of Stan. Guess what his dad's name is?

The big event on the table this week is Super Bowl Sunday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will face off in Glendale, Arizona to determine who is the world champion of a sport played exclusively in the United States of America for the most part. So, there's that. But who the hell cares? The Cowboys won't be playing, so... We have a bunch of better ideas, namely concerts. RAGONK-A-THON with Son of Stan, Sealion, the Outfit, TX, Bummer Vacation, -topic, Bobby Sessions, the Azalea Project and more takes place at Trees. TV Girl plays Three Links. Rhett Miller, of the Old 97's does a set at The Kessler Theater. Vacationer hits Club Dada and there's more music to be listened to in a live setting other than those suggestions. Check them out:


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Billy Joel Didn't Even Play "Uptown Girl" Last Night in Dallas and Still Killed It

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The Piano Man.
Billy Joel
With Jamie Cullum
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Thursday, January 22, 2014

I'll tell you straight up: Billy Joel can do whatever the hell he wants. He's been a shape-shifting musician throughout his mainstream career. He's had about as many musical styles as any good chameleon should. His first album, Cold Springs Harbor , was released in 1971, and he's still here. So you know what? Billy Joel can do whatever he wants. But, getting in front of thousands of people for the kickoff of his 2015 tour last night right here in Dallas at American Airlines Center and not performing "Uptown Girl," his seminal hit from 1983, is kind of pushing it. I mean, it's such a great song it's sampled on a track Lil' Wayne and Drake are on.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 1/23-1/25

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They won a grammy. A GRAMMY.

The working week is over. It's time to party and there's a bunch of options to do so this weekend. Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy, is putting on a show of a side projects from the members of the band. Post-rock band This Will Destroy You will hit the Granada Theater with True Widow. Thundercat performs with -topic and Roger Sellers opening at Three Links. A hard rock mini fest Winter Jamboree takes over Trees. The Suffers get all retro at Club Dada. And there's plenty more. Check it out.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 1/19-1/25

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There are 4 billion people in The Suffers, but they're such a pleasure.

It's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. You can do a number of things to pay homage to the civil rights activist like watch Selma, read up on his legacy or just plain be nice to one another. I suggest buying and reading How To Be Black, a satirical book of essays on race by former The Onion editor Baratunde Thurston. You will laugh, you will cry and you might even dream. There also happens to be a ton of concerts this week you can see with people of different creeds and codes, which is probably what Dr. King would've like best.


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The Dirty River Boys Are Texas Country's Best Live Band, and It Isn't Even Close

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Dirty River Boys Do It In a Field.

On an average Thursday night in the early spring of 2012, the Glass Cactus in Grapevine, next to the monolithic Gaylord Texan Hotel was empty. Such a scenario seemed stranger still, given the night club's reputation as a prime cougar den and ideal spot for business travelers looking for a good Texas-style time on the dance floor. Oddly enough, Thursday night's at the Glass Cactus were reserved for "Texas Music," so a lack of out-of-towners with hotel rooms seemed even more ironic.

As empty as the club, specifically the expansive dance floor in front of the room was that night; the stage was kind of packed. Two bands were on tap that night with local favorites Eleven Hundred Springs playing the late set. That band's gear was partially set-up near the back of the stage as a raucous quartet from El Paso lay waste to the parts of the stage that Eleven Hundred's gear wasn't set. Without giving a crap about how many people were in front of them, the Dirty River Boys brought the noise in the form of their take on honky-tonk, punk, folk, and even a Celtic jig or two.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 1/16-1/19

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Ishi shows are always lit like bic.

Do you have a heart? If so you should get your ass to Trees Saturday for the Have A Heart Benefit show. It's objective is to raise money for John Bullard who has cerebral palsy. On the bill for the night: Beach Fossils, The Appleseed Cast, Leon Bridges, Son of Stan and more. There's a ton of stuff to check out elsewhere too. DJ Paul Johnson and Bummer Vacation share Crown & Harp, i.e. a beautiful situation made possible by two floors, Rebelution hits South Side Ballroom, Ishi, French 75, George Quartz, and DJ Sober do Artopia, and Gladys Knight is set to bring down the house at WinStar. Here are the rest of your picks:


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 1/12-1/18

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We are in a stage of grieving. Our Cowboys fought hard, but ultimately came up short in the Divisional round of the playoffs. It was a fascinating (stressful) season with plenty of ups and downs and we're proud of a team that's made it as far as they have. Better luck next year. In the interim, check out some shows. This week Ben Howard is at the House of Blues, DJ Paul Johnson at the Crown & Harp, Gladys Knight not too far away in Oklahoma and Beach Fossils head up a strong bill that includes local Leon Bridges at Trees for the Have a Heart benefit. Here are your picks:


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 1/9-1/11

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Lenny Kravitz looks like if Dhalsim from Street Fighter played guitar.

A lot of great shows are happening this weekend. Lenny Kravitz and Sting do some concerts for college football, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell returns to our proximity, Mineral has a reunion show, Ex Hex puts a spell on us, and the Molly Ringwalds do 1980s music. We hope you're enjoying the year so far and have nestled back into a regular schedule. We hope the earthquakes aren't too much of a bother and most importantly we hope the Cowboys whip the Packers' asses on Sunday.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week 1/5-1/11

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The savior of country?

There's a ton of wonderful shows in Dallas this week. Native Texan Luke Wade, of The Voice fame, does a show at Trees. Lenny Kravitz and Sting play shows as a tie-in to the College Football postseason. Sturgill Simpson hits the casino gig after selling out Club Dada majorly in November. Astronautalis plays Three Links and Ex Hex does Dada with one of our favorite local live acts, Party Static. Get your week together. Get your life together. Have some fun.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 1/2-1/4

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Pictured: Mike and a few Moonpies.

Hey, friend, it's 2015. We're living in the future. There's the Instagram. The kids are doing the snapchatting and the twittering. You can watch a whole movie in the palm of your hand on a square that's 1/4 of an inch thick. We're in the future. But, where the hell is my hoverboard? I was lied to! Anyway, there's concerts this week. Mike and the Moonpies, a Denton Showcase with Vice Palace, the Blue Man Group finishes a stop in Dallas and there's much more. Check out your picks for the first weekend of 2015.


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