The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/28 - 8/3

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Thought you'd heard the end of juggalos? Da Mafia 6ix hit town at the end of the week

Alright, folks, July is in its waning days. Starting Thursday it'll already be August, which is something we can look at a couple different ways. On the one hand, we could try and finish off this month strong. On the other hand, we could try and start next month off on the right foot. Or we could just do both. With shows like Boris and Tori Amos left still in July and a brace more to come later in the week, we're leaning toward that last option.


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Win Free Tickets To See Dallas Hip-Hop Documentary "We From Dallas"

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Screenshot from "We From Dallas"
Break dancing forms one of the core components of classic hip-hop culture
You won't hear much about the work of underground rappers from Dallas in the broader context of hip-hop history, but that's only because most people don't know where to look. We From Dallas, a documentary made by local music scene figures Joel Salazar, Teddy Cool and Islam Sesalem, seeks to tell the story of Dallas rappers who have been making music without much love from mainstream hip-hop for decades.

Friday night at the Texas Theatre, you can see We From Dallas for the first time since its sold-out premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival. We've got a pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader and a guest.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z's Most World-Conquering Music Videos

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Screenshot from "Single Ladies"
"Single Ladies" is about as boss as it gets. Is it Bey's most world-beating video though?
Beyoncé and Jay Z will bring their unique blend of braggadacio and badassery to AT&T Stadium tonight, and we can only assume that they'll be taking over the entire metroplex. Easily the music industry's biggest power couple (if not just the biggest period), their long-awaited joint On The Run Tour is just the thing to solidify their world-beating status. Whether we believe Page Six and its breakup rumors or not, we're just excited to hear and see these two in one big stadium.

In honor of Bey and Jay's arrival, here are their top 10 that show us just who runs the world. (Hint: it involves at least one girl.) It's basically just them being all sorts of extraordinary.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/21-7/27

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Fitz and the Tantrums jump into Dallas this week

Well, so much for the polar vortex. With the temperatures looking set to start climbing back up in the coming days, it's going to time to start finding some places to take shelter indoors. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cool, welcoming concert venues that are nice enough to throw open their doors and invite us all in, with the added perk of -- duh -- some live music. Here are some of the best options for the week ahead.


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The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 7/11-7/13

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Tim Delaughter and his gang will be back on Saturday
So let's get this straight: right when it's starting to resemble something akin to a real Texas summer, with some triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, we start hearing about a polar vortex? Well, anything's possible. And with the World Cup drawing to a close this weekend, we might all be teetering on the verge of abject sadness.

But have no fear! There are concerts aplenty in and around Dallas (even Oklahoma) this weekend. So let's all just forget about those summertime blues.

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Paul Stanley on Why KISS Outlived Their Critics

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Roger Caldwell
Paul Stanley, still bullish after all these years
It's hard to imagine a time when KISS didn't exist. A friend wearing a Gene Simmons mask introduced me to their music when I was five years old, living in Germany. The Berlin Wall hadn't fallen yet. He revealed the KISS Double Platinum as if he were holding the holy grail of heavy metal. Since then, I've watched the band reach the height of their stardom in the late '70s, the nightmare of losing their makeup (and in essence their power), to the rise from the ashes in the '90s with the original member reunion.

Their painted faces mesmerized me, and I devoured their TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Starchild, Space Ace, Catman and, my personal favorite, the Demon battling evil robot doppelgängers: they were my superheroes.


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Randy Rogers' History of the "Hold My Beer and Watch This" Tour

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For a decade now, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, along with their trusty band mates, have become A-Listers in the nebulously defined, increasingly lucrative world of Texas Country Music. The reason for each artist's ascendency isn't a secret. Rogers, a native of Cleburne just outside of Fort Worth, and Waco native Bowen have simply made one fantastic album after another and seemingly never have an off night when they hit the stage.

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The 10 Best Dallas Concerts This Week, 7/7 - 7/13

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Mike Brooks
Erykah Badu may find a long line of TV reporters looking for kisses this weekend
Sometimes the only thing that's worse than a Monday is the Monday after a three-day weekend. Honestly, what does anyone have to look forward to now? Aside from, you know, some real summer heat finally starting to creep in.

Fortunately the start of any new week in Dallas also means another new week of great shows to enjoy. This week's especially heavy on the classics with expected performances from Dallas' own Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie, Queen, and everyone's long-tongued, face-painted favorites (you can keep the face paint on, guys), KISS.

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Willie Nelson's All-Time Biggest Gambles

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Kelly Dearmore
Willie's Gambles Can Turn Into Collectors Items

While Willie Nelson is a legendary artist from Texas (and we certainly love that fact), he's long since transcended simple regional borders. It's almost too limiting to even refer to him as an American icon, though he is obviously that without question. The man is a survivor, an activist and practical spiritual guru, aside from being as genius of a musician as there is roaming the highways and dirt roads of the touring trail these days.

Indeed, the past couple of decades have seen Nelson calm down in terms of his non-musical exploits. Fewer movie roles and, aside from a minor drug-bust on the border a few years ago, a seemingly calm family and personal life have made some folks forget that Willie was once as wild as they got from the late 1950s all the way through the '80s. His inclusion in the group of so-called "Outlaws" was warranted for decisions and actions made both in the studio and at home.

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The Best North Texas Country Shows in July

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Sean Doran
Turnpike Troubadours in front of a packed Granada Theater.

We're halfway through the year and for most of the past week we've been turning our gazes back at these six months past, taking stock of all the fine music that's been released in North Texas since the start of the year. It's been a fun trip, boys and girls, but before we start getting too misty-eyed about what's already happened, there's still plenty to look forward to. It's a new month, after all. That means another six months of fine music.

Here to get our heads fixed straight again are our choices for the best country music concerts happening around the area during July. We're even spotting you a freebie and looking past Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, which happens this Friday at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

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