David Byrne will play the Winspear Opera House on April 24.
David Byrne will play the Winspear Opera House on April 24.
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Music News: David Byrne's 'Most Ambitious' Tour Since Stop Making Sense Will Visit Dallas

A whole lot of rock and roll, of both the indie and classic varieties, is making its way to Dallas this spring and summer. Venues and artists are continuing to roll out their itineraries for 2018, and we've been graced with visits from many recognizable names. Start putting aside some cash because there are surely a few shows you won't want to miss. 

  • David Byrne, the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer, Oscar and Grammy winner, and all-around Renaissance man, will appear at the Winspear Opera House on April 24. In March, the Talking Heads founding member is set to release his first solo album of new material in 14 years, and he will make his "most ambitious" tour since the legendary Stop Making Sense tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at attpac.org.

  • Jack White, who visited in spring to promote his Dallas-based bat company, Warstic, will return for shows April 27 and April 29 at the Bomb Factory. Expect lots of guitar riffs and quite a few new numbers from his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach, a copy of which is included with each ticket purchase. Tickets, $85 to $125, go on sale Friday, Jan. 26, at ticketfly.com.

  • Starplex Pavilion will host the latest iteration of the Dave Matthews Band summer tour May 19. The longtime ensemble will be its their ninth album soon, but the release date has not yet been announced. Like Jack White, DMB will include a copy with every ticket purchased. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 2, at livenation.com.

  • Beck makes a rare North Texas appearance March 23 at Toyota Music Factory. He'll be touring behind last year's Colors album. As a bonus, ace tunesmith Twin Shadow will serve as the opening act. Tickets, $25 to $59.50, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at livenation.com.

  • In advance of its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi is extending its worldwide This House Is Not for Sale tour. The spectacle will roll through the American Airlines Center for a March 26 show. Tickets, starting at $37, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Haim continues to tour behind last year's release of Something To Tell You. In addition to appearing at Coachella, it will branch out across the United States for much of the year on its Sister Sister Sister tour. The band will appear at South Side Ballroom for an April 26 show. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 26, at ticketmaster.com.

  • MGMT has confirmed a release date of Feb. 9 for its upcoming album, Little Dark Age. On March 7, it'll appear at Southside Music Hall. Expect visuals.Tickets, $45, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Brody Dalle has announced the live return of her punk outfit, the Distillers. They'll be out on the road for a brief spell this spring, with a festival appearance or two thrown in for good measure. Catch them at the Curtain Club on May 2. Tickets, $30 to $33, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at curtainclub.com.

  • Indie rock veterans Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs have combined forces for a co-headlining tour. They'll appear at House Of Blues on May 3 with British singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt opening. Expect lots of crunchy and noisy guitars. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at ticketmaster.com.

  • New Found Glory has been a mainstay in the pop-punk world for nearly 20 years. It's hitting the road this summer for the Sick tour, a star-studded ensemble event featuring support from Bayside, the Movielife, and former Yellowcard guitarist William Ryan Key. The show will stop at House of Blues on June 22. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at livenation.com.

  • Bombastic pop duo Matt and Kim bring their energetic live show to the Bomb Factory on April 14. The festival favorites have just released "Forever," the lead single off of their forthcoming album. Tickets to the Bomb Factory show, $30, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at ticketfly.com.

  • Fort Worth's finest, the Toadies, are planning a night of frenetic rock and roll for March 30 at the Bomb Factory. The longtime band has been re-energized of late, and it'll be joined by underground hard rock legend Helmet. Tickets, $32 to $68, are on sale at ticketfly.com.

  • Philly-based rock group Dr. Dog is back this year with Critical Equation, its first full-length release in several years. It'll appear May 11 at Granada Theater with Son Little as opening act. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at prekindle.com.

  • North Carolina's Rainbow Kitten Surprise has been getting a great deal of positive publicity after a string of memorable performances on last year's festival circuit. Its harmony-driven and buoyant choruses will fill up Granada Theater on May 18. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at prekindle.com.

  • Indie rock band Rogue Wave is returning to the road this spring in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its album Asleep at Heaven's Gate. It'll play that album in its entirety, plus a string other tracks from its catalog, at Club Dada on May 1. Tickets, $17, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at dadadallas.com.

  • Preoccupations play a loud and fiery brand of music that's part post-punk, part rock 'n' roll. They'll be touring North America behind their album New Material this spring. On May 23, they'll appear at Club Dada. Tickets, $13 to $15, go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at dadadallas.com.

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