Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Thursday, October 11, at Granada Theater, $25
Legendary Canadian post rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor have reunited for the first tour in nearly a decade. The band, famous for their intense live show, expansive arrangements and vivid projections, will be an incredible act to see on the Granada stage, especially considering the cheap $25 cover charge.
Sunday, July 29, at Verizon Theatre, $49.75-$79.75
For lack of better word, Nicki Minaj can best be described as cray. The Queens-raised MC claims to use multiple personalities for her raps. Granted, they regularly top the Billboard charts, so she's not sweating it.
Monday, October 22, at McFarlin Auditorium, $60.55-$71.32
It's kind of hard not to like Norah Jones. Chances are, at some point during her ever-changing career, there's been something you've found enjoyable, whether it be her early straight jazz roots, the mom-contemporary light pop of her Grammy destroying debut album, or the hints of indie-rock on her most recent effort.
Dynamite Hack, Klopek, The Hollow Empire
Sunday, May 27, at The Prophet Bar, $10
You might remember the band Dynamite Hack for their cover of NWA's "Boyz In The Hood." It was genius upon first listen, and utterly stupid for the remaining 499 times it played on the radio. Anyway, I don't know who any of those other bands are, but I'm guessing they were ecstatic to go on tour with the great Dynamite Hack.
Broncho, Dead Moon Choir, Odd Lot
Tuesday, June 26, at City Tavern, $8
Norman, Oklahoma's Broncho is a punk act featuring Ryan Lindsey of Starlight Mints. The band, a supergroup of Oklahoma veterans, has played in town several times, but one suspects that because Parade of Flesh is putting this show on, it'll be the band's biggest yet.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Wednesday, July 4, at Billy Bob's Texas, $35
Willie's been hosting his famous 4th of July Picnic at Billy Bob's for about a half decade, and it seems to work perfectly. The massive complex can easily accommodate the droves of country music fans who make a yearly pilgrimage to this event.
Thursday, August 9, at Granada Theater, $22
One of underground hip-hop's critical darlings Aesop Rock has announced another tour that will pass through Dallas at the Granada Theater. His highbrow rhymes come quick, which might be difficult in a live situation, so do your homework before this show.
Journey, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Loverboy
Saturday, August 25, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $20
Your mom wants to go to this show.
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Thursday, September 13, at Trees, $17
Add this to another in a growing list of great shows at Trees, thanks to Tactics Productions. By the time September rolls around, Twin Shadow's sophomore album, Confess, will have been out for a few months. Forget, his critically-acclaimed 2010 New Wave-heavy record, will be tough to follow up.
Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton
Tuesday, September 25, at Verizon Theatre, $29.50-$99.50
This show, featuring four of the top names in gospel music, is being billed as The King's Men tour. Humpty Dumpty jokes aside, this is actually one I'm looking forward to. Not because of I'm a fan of any of these guys, but the musicianship and performance promises to be top notch.
Bombay Bicycle Club, Vacationer
Wednesday, October 10, at Granada Theater, $16
English act Bombay Bycicle Club is, well, very English. The band's music is steeped in British new wave influence from Echo and the Bunnymen to newer pop acts like The Libertines. NME called them the best new band in 2010, so there's that.