Music Picks: Perfect Pussy, Winger and More

Music Picks: Perfect Pussy, Winger and More
Drew Reynolds
Read the leaves: Perfect Pussy have their sights set on Dallas.

Perfect Pussy

With Potty Mouth, Stymie and Orgullo Primitivo, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Three Links, 2710 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $10

Perfect Pussy, the ferocious noise-punk outfit from Syracuse, New York, know the difference between hype-filled buzz and well-earned praise. Because of the group's salacious moniker and attractive lead singer Meredith Graves, the attention-demanding unit garnered a bushel of typical hipster chatter as this past spring's South by Southwest coincided with the release of the group's debut LP, Say Yes to Love. But because the record is an urgent, cacophonous burst of grizzled anger, they're now a legit touring outfit, earning their stripes on the road with performances that feel every bit as dangerous as their recorded product. Kelly Dearmore

Winger

7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $21

You know who Stewart from Beavis and Butt-head is, right? Did you just think of a joke about Winger? Is not Beavis and Butthead the best cartoon ever? (No, it's not; the best cartoon ever is King of the Hill.) But more to the point, Winger, always a favorite punching bag for everyone who celebrated grunge's swift usurpation of hair metal's market dominance, is back on the road to promote a new album. Frontman Kip Winger recently complained to Grantland about the band's pop culture marginalization and trumpeted his classical composer chops. That sounds like a reach, but it does lend credence to the idea that the band's eponymous debut is really just 2112 in 1988's leather pants. Regardless, Winger will bring out the kind of prog-rock fireworks that Dream Theater fans never stop talking about, but they'll be a ship of fools if they don't play "Miles Away." Steve Steward

Little Dragon

With Lawrence Rothman, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Southside Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $25

If there's one thing the Swedes know how to do, it's create perfect pop songs that American audiences love. From ABBA to Ace of Base and the Knife, their tradition of synth-laden pop that gets people up and dancing has been going strong for decades. One of the longest-running groups who trade in this genre is Little Dragon, a group that formed in 1996 but didn't get noticed in America till sometime around 2006. Since then they've been on remix after remix and guested on albums from Raphael Saadiq to Big Boi. The band's latest album, Nabuma Rubberband, hit No. 2 on the U.S. Dance charts and their singles continue to be favorites of DJs who are trying to get the night going. Expect to dance and get sweaty. Jaime-Paul Falcon

George Strait

With Jason Aldean, Martina McBride and more, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, 817-892-4000 or attstadium.com, Sold Out

If there were a royal court in country music, George Strait would be the king. After a 30-plus-year career in the music industry, more than 100 million albums sold and a record-setting 60 No. 1 hits, Strait is ready to retire and move on to greener pastures. Strait will wrap up his "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" in Dallas, a farewell tour that has encompassed 47 shows over the last two years. This living country legend is bringing an all-star group along with him to AT&T Stadium, including Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson and Asleep at the Wheel, who will all help say goodbye to Strait's decades-long touring career. King George will still be making music — he recently renewed his deal with MCA Records — but this could be your last opportunity to see one of the genre's most beloved artists in the flesh. Amy McCarthy

Black Flag

With Hor, and Cinema Cinema, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $25-$120

The number of shots you do at a Black Flag show is inversely proportional to the number of original members in the band. If it's just Gregg Ginn, you hit the bar like a mad man. Lucky for those who are trying to work up the courage to participate in Oliver Peck's Deep Ellum Tattoo Fest, Wednesday night's kickoff party features the latest edition of the band, which includes just Ginn from the original lineup, with band manager/pro skater Mike Valley returning to vocals 10 years after he last did them. So if you're looking to get into the "inked" game, get to Dada, drink heavily and have some courage built up for getting your lucky 13. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Yoni Wolf

With Serengeti and -topic, 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 11 at Rubber Gloves, 411 E. Sycamore, Denton, 940-387-7781 or rubberglovesdentontx.com, $10/$12 at the door

Yoni Wolf, frontman of indie-rap group WHY?, is going it alone. The neurotic, non-sequitur-spitting Wolf has set out on a string of solo dates and he's bringing his one-man circus to Denton's Rubber Gloves. Rather than simply stroll through skeleton renditions of WHY?'s music, Wolf will be incorporating elements of his earlier material with cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet, as well as remixing work he did for seminal IDM act Boards of Canada. Enigmatic, deadpan but always fascinating, Wolf's stage presence is something to behold, more like watching a self-deprecating therapy session than an emcee rhyming through bars. In spite of his eccentric frills, Wolf is a seriously stirring lyricist, humorous and poignant in equal measure. He's truly of that rare breed of artist who can strip truth to the bone with the force of their poetry. Jonathan Patrick

 
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