This week in DFW music, it's all about folk and pop. The two genres are spanning the calendars this summer, and this week in June is no exception, so in honor of that, here are five super surprising pop music facts, according to BuzzFeed. (By the way, it wouldn't be Dallas without a Manson/Cooper show in there too, of course.)
- Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album. - The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song. - Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined. - Ke$ha's "Tik-Tok" sold more copies than ANY Beatles single. - Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record.
Now go pour yourself a stiff drink and scroll down.
Water Liars Saturday, June 8, at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, $10; and Sunday, June 9, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton It's highly likely that Water Liars, consisting of Southern boys Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant, will be spoken and written about a great deal when it comes time for the omnipresent Best Of and Year End lists for 2013. The duo's sophomore album, the stunning, dramatic and grown-up Wyoming, rightfully snatched up critical acclaim upon its release earlier this year, and with a buzzed-about collection of shows at South by Southwest this past spring, the chatter surrounding the latest fantastic group affiliated with Fat Possum Records (Water Liars' distributor) can't be ignored. The popular blog HearYa.com nailed it by describing the band's sound as "bigger than two men, two beards, two cigarettes and a tallboy in a bag." One needn't listen to any other track than the quiet-to-epic "Cut a Line" to feel where the blogger was coming from. From a vocal, musical and overall grit perspective, comparisons to Centro-matic and Slobberbone can reasonably be made. So it should make for a full-on grizzle-fest when Water Liars share Slobberbone's home stage at Dan's Silverleaf a night after getting greasy with Oil Boom in Fort Worth. -- Kelly Dearmore
Kopecky Family Band Thursday, June 6, at Bar Belmont, $10 Nashville's six-piece folk ensemble Kopecky Family Band make what sounds like classic rock with an indie flair, if that's even possible. Certainly it's shit you want to stomp your feet to. They've been making music since 2008 and just put out their newest LP, Kids Raising Kids, for which they're currently on tour, and have several Texas dates. The sweet folksy melodies of opener Peter Black will set the night off right, as the "Barefoot at the Belmont" series welcomes people to the hip hotel's inviting outdoor patio. -- Rachel Watts
Chvrches Thursday, June 6, at Granada Theater, $15 As I mentioned before, when I announced that Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches were coming to town, these guys may just be my new favorite band, due to the video above. See them at Granada tonight with Sub Pop Records' opener Still Corners, a duo whose recent album, Strange Pleasures, has nods to '80s Euro avant-poppers. -- Rachel Watts
Gary P. Nunn Friday, June 7, at Granada Theater, $16-$29 Gary P. Nunn is a Texas badass. Even Rick Perry loves him. And why not? He worked in the progressive country band Lost Gonzo Band with Jerry Jeff Walker in the '70s, creating one of the most famous Texas anthems, "London Homesick Blues," which you can find on the equally celebrated album ¡Viva Terlingua!. Even though Nunn was born in Oklahoma, the Lone Star State has adopted him as our own. In the '50s he moved to Brownsville, and once here he jammed in garage bands, started the Levelland band The Sparkles in the '60s and attended the University of Texas at Austin. A storyteller at heart, Nunn is a country legend with deep Texas roots and a key contributor to the tapestry of great "on the road" narratives. -- Lee Escobedo
Sol Tax, The Breakfast Machine, Reinventing Jude Saturday, June 8, at Hailey's Club, $5/$7 This is kind of an amazing lineup, no joke. To give you an idea of what you're in for, local folk-infused rock band Sol Tax describes their own sound as a "dynamic movement between creamy interludes and driving crescendos, and the affect of memorable melodic phrases and purposeful lyrics," and the Observer's 2012 Best Rock Act winners The Breakfast Machine are comfortable with the label psychedelic pop-rock, although truly, their songs are so eclectic that they're almost genre-less. The real gem in all of this, however, is opening act Reinventing Jude, whose female lead singer will make you recall early performances from a young Norah Jones, except she's wielding a guitar instead of a piano. -- Rachel Watts
Centro-Matic, Kingdom of Suicide Lovers Saturday, June 8, at The Foundry, Free We told you back in early May about Centro-Matic's random tweet, saying: "DFW- We are playing a full band Centro-matic show at The Foundry in Dallas on Saturday, June 8th. And it's free! Hope y'all can make it out." Well, the time has come. Seriously, though, you'll probably never get another chance to see a free Centro-Matic show, since they're like Madonna big here in DFW. -- Rachel WattsFall Out Boy Saturday, June 8, at Palladium Ballroom, $35
The lyrics are as face-palmy as you remember, but holy crap those riffs are so much better. Patrick Stump's voice is pretty great, too.--Kiernan Maletsky
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The Thermals Sunday, June 9, at Dada, $12-$15 It's been a decade since The Thermals debuted with More Parts per Million, a flat-out classic of lo-fi that cost the group a whole $60 to make. The next year saw the band put out Fuckin A, which saw the band take on a more indie-punkish sound. The hype began to build. From there we got the Pitchfork-lauded The Body, The Blood, The Machine and the John Congleton-produced Now We Can See, 2010's Personal Life and finally this April's Desperate Ground, all consistently excellent. And the band's tours are known as a raucous time. Expect a loud and rowdy show when they hit Dada on Sunday -- try to get there early and be prepared to stay late, dance like a mad person and leave covered in sweat. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson Monday, June 10, at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, $19.99-$59.50 Halloween arrives early at the Verizon this week, as the two greatest shock-rockers of the last 40 years join forces to create a show where, presumably, you will only be allowed to dress in black and several small creatures will be sacrificed to the God of Distorted Guitars. As Manson is 20 years Cooper's junior, this tour may even be the passing of an ornate black torch, possibly in the shape of a bat. You've got to hope the two will join forces at some point during this gig for a song or two. While Cooper represents more of the '70s and '80s style of goth rock, a semi-ironic spectacle seemingly developed in response to the glam rock of the period, Manson is a different animal altogether, a product of the fiercer grunge of the early '90s. That the two should be such an obvious pairing, and still be able to command a tour large enough to have a stop in our own cavernous Verizon Theatre, is a testament to several consecutive generations' shared desire to consume blackened rock music with a circus-freak spectacle attached. -- Gavin Cleaver