We've now officially got our first taste of August. Between the weather and activities, it was a pretty perfect first weekend of the month. However, now that Monday is here, you might as well saddle up because there's only looking forward at this point. So start planning ahead because this week of concerts has a little something for everyone.
With Paramore and New Politics, 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 With songs like "Dance Dance" and "Sugar, We're Going Down," Fall Out Boy wrote teenage anthems heard around the world -- or at least on Myspace pages everywhere. After a three-year hiatus and some not-so-great solo projects from each of the band members, Fall Out Boy decided to regroup in 2012 and come back nearly better than ever with a new sound in a Top 20 song, "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)." Now to promote their new era in the music industry, they're out on the road with Paramore and New Politics, which is essentially a pop-punk music fan's dream.Paige SkinnerAntemasque
With Le Butcherettes, 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, at Trees The musical marriage of Cedric and Omar is a tale for the ages, and one of the major stories of cutting-edge Texas music over the last two decades. When their divorce last year after a sub-par Mars Volta album was followed with recriminations and accusations from both sides, it seemed one of the great modern romances was over. Of course, it only took the two of them one more year to release an album of entirely new material, with Flea on bass, no less. The fresh start seems to have done both of them some good, with TMV's operatic 10-minute prog slogs shortened into three-minute post-punk flurries. The Trees show will only be this band's fourth ever gig, and support act Le Butcherettes, fronted by Teri Gender Bender's mildly terrifying flailing and glaring, are if anything even more of a must-see than the headliners.Gavin CleaverYes
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com $35-$85 Here's what I want to know about people who hate Yes: Is it because you don't like the music, or is it because the band replaced, Steel Dragon-style, singer and founding member Jon Anderson with the singer of a Yes tribute band? If you hate Yes for the latter reason, does it bother you even more that the tribute-band singer replacement is a Canadian guy named Benoît? And if that's the case, do you also hate Rush? In any event, whether you think prog rock is stupid, can't handle the synth stabs in "Owner of a Lonely Heart", or love them both, Yes is playing 1971'sFragile
and 1972'sClose to the Edge
start to finish, as well as a greatest hits package and inevitably some cuts from the new album Heaven and Earth. If it helps, Chris Squire's still in the band -- although if that matters to you, can I assume you work in the bass department at Guitar Center?Steve StewardTim McGraw
With Kip Moore, and Cassandra Pope, 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, livenation.com, $36-$66 America loves to build up an artist, let them do something regrettable so the public can tear them apart, and then build them back up. As such, the current situation with McGraw is more of a cycle than his mid-career album cycle.
If you want to go to a show for the sole purpose of hearing a song you might recognize and get drunk, then McGraw is your kind of guy. Just make sure you don't touch his pants. Jaime-Paul FalconDevin the Dude
With Stone of G-Squad, J Spoolz, High Rollaz and Sevon, 8 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $21 With an indolently conversational flow and a pedigree that came up under the auspices of DJ Screw, Florida-born, Houston-bred Devin the Dude slings meandering weed-and-pussy-centric slice-of-life tales that unwind like the plots of some alternate universe Seinfeld, where Jerry (in this case Dave Chappelle) is a rapper and Kramer's actually a sketchy weed dealer portrayed by Charles Barkley. Devin would be a minor character - Jerry's favorite rapper, who he's always trying to promote but for some reason never makes it mainstream -- known for popping into various episodes and dropping left-field jokes over grooves that pulse and bob like the wax in a lava lamp. Come to think of it, maybe that would just make him like Jerry's dad or possibly even Uncle Leo.Steve StewardLoretta Lynn
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 9, at Bass Music Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-212-4325 or basshall.com, $33-$88 With a name like Loretta Lynn, which begs to be spoken with an accent, and a birthplace such as Butcher Hollow (in Kentucky), it's no wonder the "Coal Miner's Daughter" became the Queen of Country Music. Classic and controversial songs such as "The Pill" and "Dear Uncle Sam" painted a picturesque tale of female working-class honor and, told through each of her 54 studio albums and six books, became an inspiration to women everywhere. In the last decade Lynn remained current enough to collaborate extensively with Jack White. Now at the ripe age of 82, the First Lady of Country steps away from her ranch for another tour, bringing her twin daughters, Peggy and Patsy, along as backup singers. Lynn's current show brings on hits such as "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" and "One's On the Way," but if the lessons they teach are lost, please use "The Pill" as a reference.Eva Raggio
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 9, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $15 Seeing that Ten Hands's reunion gig back in January was such a complete success, it's no wonder that the band is playing again this Saturday. Actually, it's kind of odd that Paul Slavens and crew have waited so long. The positive response and talk of a new album have put a spotlight on Ten Hands that the band hasn't seen since the heyday of the Deep Ellum music scene in the late '80s. The fact that many of the band's members live out of state and have other musical commitments could be two factors that have limited these well-received reunion gigs. Indeed on this occasion, the band will be missing percussionist Mike Dillon. No worries, though, as Ten Hands have a flexible lineup that still manages to pack a jazzy punch.Darryl Smyers