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

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Rachel Parker
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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Mike Brooks
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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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/8 - 8/10

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Ten Hands are returning to the stage once again, this time to play the Kessler
We're going to see triple-digit weather this weekend and it's most likely going to suck. A lot. But to make it suck less, might we suggest a cold beer and some of the best concerts Dallas has to offer this weekend? What do you say?

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The Best Dallas DJ Events in August

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Every now and then Dallas gets a string of shows that make you forget that we live in a Southwest region that often gets passed over by underground artists. The month of August will feature plenty such reminders, with the new few weeks bringing some cornerstones of underground DJ culture through the area from a variety of genres, although especially in drum and bass.

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The Best North Texas Country Shows in August

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Brantley Gutierrez
Nickel Creek is Back. It's a Big Deal.

Be warned, fans of country, folk and Americana music: you're going to be rather busy in August. Narrowing down the list of worthy country-ish concerts to catch to only five is almost futile, as the list for August could've easily been far more. But we're here to have some fun and lists that we can argue over is probably one of the definitions of fun in the new Webster's edition.

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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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"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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