Three Can't-Miss Opening Bands at Clearfork Festival

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Plan on Getting Clearfork'd This Saturday by Lincoln Durham. He's Into It.

We don't even know if the term "festival" has much meaning around these parts any longer. It gets thrown around like so many of Tony Romo's practice balls during training camp and seems to now apply to any concert that has more than two artists and has at least a single food truck stationed nearby. (Or at least an Arby's.) But among the mass of events that christen themselves as festivals, this weekend's Clearfork Music Festival certainly deserves the distinction.

This year's festival, held on Saturday at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, is headlined by a slew of Austin bands, including Black Angels, Wild Child and Bright Light Social Hour. But further down the bill there are some other fines bands you may be less familiar with but will be well worth the time. Here are a few to check out.

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King Camel Productions Likes to Keep Dallas Weird, One Gig at a Time

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Blackstone Rangers will help celebrate King Camel's one-year anniversary Saturday at Dada

King Camel celebrates its one year anniversary this Saturday at Club Dada. With the anniversary show's stellar lineup, you would that think prior to becoming a promoter, King Camel's Jeff Brown was already a fixture and popular guy around Dallas' music scene. But that isn't exactly the case. Sure, Brown, an eccentric man, found himself attending shows beforehand, but he hadn't really known anybody personally.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/29 - 9/1

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Bilal will be here to help you get your dance on
It's the Friday before a three-day weekend! We apologize for the exclamation mark, but our excitement is something we're not capable of hiding at this point. Mondays suck, so getting to skip them is kind of great. (Besides, we've already chronicled our love for Sunday fun days.) This weekend is full of great shows, so go ahead and grab a pumpkin spice latte (Starbucks started selling them uncomfortably early this year) and see some of Dallas's best shows this Labor Day weekend.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/25 - 8/31

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Well howdy, there. Clint Black plays McKinney this Wednesday.
For once, going back to work on a Monday comes with a pay-off in sight: This week we'll get a three-day weekend, courtesy of Labor Day falling a week from today. So that, at least, is something to take comfort in. What else is there to be excited about? Why, all the fine concerts coming through Dallas in the next seven days, that's what. Whether it's country, metal or boy bands, there's something worth seeing each night.

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The Five Best Bottle Rockets Songs

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Currently based in Saint Louis, the Bottle Rockets have long been a band singing songs for all working-class folks in America. Since their first record was released in 1992, the Brian Henneman-led group has been closely associated with the alt-country boom of the mid-1990s thanks, on the one hand, to the band's roots-rock sound and, on the other, to Henneman's close involvement with the godfathers of alt-country, Uncle Tupelo, with whom he served as a guitar tech and occasional extra member.

These days, only Henneman and drummer Mark Ortman remain from the original line-up, but a new Bottle Rockets album is on its way very soon. Tomorrow night, in fact, they'll be visiting Dallas for a show at The Foundry. So, with apologies to killer tunes such as "Radar Gun," "Lucky Break," "The Long Way" and "Smokin' 100s Alone," here are the five best Bottle Rockets songs.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/22 - 8/24

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One Direction is coming to get all cute with Dallas this weekend
It's Friday and that can only mean two things: You survived the week and you deserve to reward yourself. This weekend's concert lineup might have something for everybody in the family. There's rock legends Aerosmith on Friday and then boy band heartthrobs One Direction on Sunday. We foresee both shows involving panties being thrown on stage. But then you can save your panties -- or not -- and see our cover girl, Sarah Jaffe, on Saturday at the Majestic Theatre. Your choice. No losing situation here.

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Jamie Scott, the British Folkie Who Plays Dallas with One Direction and One Republic This Week

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Jamie Scott is about to have a good week in Dallas

With two very high-profile opening gigs happening in North Texas in the next few days, singer/songwriter/producer Jamie Scott doesn't sound nervous at all. You see, Scott isn't just opening for any couple of bands. On Sunday, August 24, he performs with One Direction at AT&T Stadium. Then on Tuesday, August 26, Scott plays with One Republic at Gexa Energy Pavilion.

"I don't get nervous," says Scott from a tour stop in Tampa, Florida. "I've gotten used to it and I like it. It feels quite natural to be out there in front of so many people." But how does a 30-year old folksy singer-songwriter from England end up with two gigs in North Texas in three days? Turns out, it's just dumb luck.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/18 - 8/24

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Mothers and daughters unite: 1D is coming back to Dallas this week

It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in those blockbuster concert experiences. Depending on where you are in school, and perhaps also which parent you happen to be going with, that could mean the 1D show at AT&T Stadium. Or it could mean Aerosmith at American Airlines Center. Either way, this week is chock full of opportunity.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/15 - 8/17

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KXT's Summer Cut returns to Gexa Energy Pavilion tonight. It's a real one-of-a-kind thing.
Hey, you're really close to surviving Shark Week. This means you won't have to listen to that weird guy at the office talk about whatever last night's special was, and him swearing all of the footage was real. Your water cooler chat can move to other things, like the awesome shows Dallas has to offer this weekend. And it's just in time, too: with temperatures set to hover around the low 100s, it's the perfect time to, say, spend a couple afternoons hanging out at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Right?

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/11 - 8/17

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Trent Reznor just, you know, chilling on a rock
Most of the time, it's pretty lame to say that a weekly concert lineup has "something for everyone." This week, however, it's kind of true. Or, better put, the shows that are happening in and around Dallas over the next seven days really run the gauntlet. There are staunch liberal punks and bigoted conservative classic rock stars. There's hip hop and hardcore. There's even an indie festival and a drool-worthy double bill for '90s alternative fanatics, both happening at the same venue. So if you're looking for extremes in your life, look no further than what comes after the break.

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