The Best Concerts in Dallas This Thanksgiving

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Rev. Horton Heat returns to Trees for a special Thanksgiving performance

This week is all about family. It's great, really. Sure, there are always pitfalls to getting together with all the relatives, be it the in-laws or even just the immediate family. There's always those nightmarish "debates" about sex and politics, and if not then there's a lot of awkward silence. But oh well. Thanksgiving is great anyway.

For music fans, it's a time to give thanks for the folks that we spend much of our time with: the music community. Dallas isn't letting us down either, with a slew of great local shows by (mostly) local artists to help celebrate the scene and, in some cases, give back. We've pulled together a special guide of the best ones to help celebrate the holiday. Hell, if you want, you might even bring your chill aunt or uncle out on the town.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 11/24-11/30

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FKA Twigs makes a sold-out appearance at Trees on Friday

Happy Thanksgiving. One thing to be thankful for is the opportunities for shows this week. The 1975 does South Side Ballroom. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony give Trees some thuggish, ruggish bone. Living THC molecule Devin the Dude plays the Granada Theater with the Outfit, TX opening. Erykah Badu heads home and hits The Prophet Bar on Thanksgiving Eve. FKA Twigs gives Trees a full sampling of her modern take on R&B. And last, but not least, Crown & Harp celebrates their 18th better than any of you ever did. Your picks now follow.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 11/21-11/23

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Hoodie Allen, a blue-eyed American patriot, comes to South Side Ballroom

This weekend you can hear the raspy tales of Jeezy's street life at South Side Ballroom. Captured! By Robots, a band comprised of one human captured by robots, plays a wacky set at Three Links. Garage rockers Jacuzzi Boys take on Club Dada. Hoodie Allen and Chiddy Bang will play the safest rap show you've ever conceived possible at South Side Ballroom. Plus there's much, much more.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 11/17-11/23

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Jeezy's grown out of his "Young" phase, but even grown-ups can wear backpacks

This week offers a rather good mix of concerts for your entertainment pleasure. Blonde Redhead plays Granada Theater, horror punk outfit the Misfits play Gas Monkey Live, metal Gods Slayer play in the suburbs at Verizon Theatre, Jeezy (formerly Young Jeezy, but not yet Old Jeezy) is set to explain how he's seen it all at South Side Ballroom and Hoodie Allen will do rap stuff that your parents approve of on the very same stage. So make haste and get thee out to some concerts before we're all snowed in for the winter.


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Sturgill Simpson at Club Dada Could Be Dallas' Craziest Show This Fall [UPDATE]

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Sturgill Simpson's Saturday night show at Club Dada is mega-sold out
2014 has been a rough year for country music. Florida-Georgia Line is selling more records than anyone else in the genre, Luke Bryan is the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, and any traces of Willie, Waylon, and Hank seem to be stamped out of country music's most popular acts. Except, fortunately, for Sturgill Simpson.

The buzz around Simpson is fierce this fall, and it's not exclusive to country fans. He's appeared on NPR and performaned on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. So his coming to Club Dada on Saturday night for his first-ever Dallas appearance is a big deal -- so big, in fact, that you might not even be able to scalp your way in. Things could be about to get interesting.

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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 11/14-11/16

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Willie Nelson last played the area for his 4th of July Picnic in Fort Worth over the summer

It's so cold. It's so cold outside. What might keep your mind off of the frigid temperatures, however, is some live music. Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson are coming through to Club Dada and WinStar, respectively, in an attempt to keep country alive. The Black Keys are apparently big enough to play American Airlines Center and Big Freedia is going to start a massive twerk-a-thon at the Granada. Enough chit-chat, though. Here are your picks.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 11/10-11/16

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Dallas music fans, you are in your prime this week. Before we hit a late fall lull, there's a smattering of great live music coming through our glorious city. The Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin's pseudo-cover band that turns the Velvet Underground songs into ballads on the greatness of pizza, hits Trees. The truest country musician as of late, Sturgill Simpson, pops by Club Dada and the father of all country, Willie Nelson, will be at WinStar. And the Black Keys take their garage rock to an arena at American Airlines. Plus, of course, much more. Have fun this week -- but not too much.


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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 11/7-11/9

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John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees visit Denton for a show at Hailey's this weekend
There's a swath of great show to hit this weekend and that is in large part due to a little spillover from Fun Fun Fun Fest. So, go ahead and thank Austin before we go on. Cool, that was nice of you; it is good to express gratitude. This weekend you've got the opportunity to smoke a doobie with the country god, Willie Nelson in Oklahoma. Thee Oh Sees play a show that's sure to be a little nuts at Hailey's in Denton. Yann Tierson of Amélie is set to stop by the Granada, along with Death From Above for a highly anticipated show. Enough of this, check out your picks and plan your weekend.

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The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 11/3-11/9

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This week is pretty stacked with some great shows. One of the best we've had in Dallas in a while. Lionel Richie does the whole casino in Oklahoma thing, the English Beat plays Trees, as does Run the Jewels and Ratking. Death from Above 1979 is set to play a surely rambunctious show at the Granada. Thee Oh Sees play what is surely a minuscule room for them in Denton (which is absolutely awesome). And... Yeah there's just a bunch of great stuff this week. We'll stop talking and let you carry on with the picks.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/31-11/02

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It's Halloween weekend, which is most likely your favorite time of the year to party if you're under 30. If you're over 30, relax, New Year's Eve isn't too far off. For now, there's just a bunch of shows you should check out this weekend, Halloween-themed and otherwise. Slipknot and Korn take their oddities out to Gexa, Larry G(EE), Quaker City Night Hawks, and Taddy Porter throw a party at the Granada, Bludded Head has a release show at Rubber Gloves and Double Wide is throwing a bunch of parties to celebrate. Don't be frightened; here are your picks.


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