The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Avett Brothers, Selena Gomez & More
Selena Gomez returns home to Dallas for the first time since scoring another No. 1 album and starring on Saturday Night Live.
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At this point, it’s obvious that the Walt Disney Company knows what it takes to crank out pop stars. The latest Disney child star-turned-pop princess is Selena Gomez. Along with her music, she acts and even has her own fashion label. This week, Gomez comes home to North Texas with her second No. 1 album in hand. However, if screaming teenagers aren’t your bag, maybe check out some angsty grunge or the pseudo–Stones later this week.
With the Good Life and Oquoaat, 8 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $15-$17.
With a sound straight out of the ’90s and a name that references a character in the Love and Rockets comic book series, Speedy Ortiz is one of today's best touring indie rock bands. Singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis fronts the group with time signatures that are both erratic and catchy. But as audacious as this band sounds, they click so well that it never comes across as clumsy or careless. Speedy Ortiz has riffs that are as energetic and strident as what you hear in Superchunk songs. But as much as this band rocks, there is a melodicism and pop sensibility that makes this music accessible. And like Stephen Malkmus from ’90s indie rock heroes Pavement or Liz Phair, Dupuis’ lyrics are actually worth reading, incorporating a sophisticated sense of wordplay and dark humor. Jeremy Hallock
A Night of Nilsson
8 p.m., Monday, June 13, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208, 214-272-8346, thekessler.org, $15-$25.
If Harry Nilsson’s name does not ring a bell, you should definitely watch his documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Nilsson was a brilliant songwriter, writing huge hits like “One” for Three Dog Night that have been covered incessantly over the years. He also had one of the most angelic and lyrical voices you will ever hear. In the early 1970s, his career peaked with anthems like “Without You,” as well as odd tracks like “Coconut,” which were interesting precisely because they were so hilariously stupid. Don’t Forget Me: A Night of Nilsson will feature local musicians including Paul Slavens and Salim Nourallah performing his songs at The Kessler Theater (1230 W. Davis St.) at 8 p.m. Monday. The Beatles were huge fans long before anyone had heard his name, and the strength of Nilsson’s songwriting and the sound of his voice have kept his music alive more than two decades after his death. Lucas Buckels
The Funky Knuckles
10 p.m., Monday, June 13, at Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206, 214-823-8305, sundowndfw.com, Free.
The Funky Knuckles have been together for over six years. The fusion jazz band released an album called Meta-Musica in 2014 that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes’ jazz charts on the first day of its release. Together, they Knuckles are a force to be reckoned with. That’s because, individually, they’re all seasoned players who’ve worked with superstars like Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, Puff Daddy and the Polyphonic Spree. H. Drew Blackburn
Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show
7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218, 214-515-6500, dallasarboretum.org, $10-$27.
The Rolling Stones are on tour this year, but they aren't coming anywhere near Texas. In case you missed them on their stop through Dallas last summer, you can still get your Stones fix with Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show. The tribute band from Shreveport has been around for 15 years and even gotten the real Rolling Stones' stamp of approval. It's possible to mistake lead vocalist and Texas-born Chris LeGrand as the cockney and charismatic Mick Jagger, especially on their covers of "Brown Sugar" and "Under My Thumb." The band's aesthetic is also on point, with LeGrand often sporting ruffled shirts along with a '70s shag cut. With the dedication of the band members to bring the legend of the Rolling Stones to audiences, it's sure to be a satisfying show. Diamond Victoria
10 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at Double-Wide, 3510 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226, 214-887-6510, double-wide.com.
When you have an appointment to meet George Quartz, there's necessarily some uncertainty about who will show up. Will you be speaking with Bryan Campbell, the man behind the man George Quartz? Or should you prepare yourself for the flurry of ostrich feathers and blaze of neon light that would appropriately accompany his alter ego? Should you address him as Bryan or George? George Quartz is likely to appear just about anywhere, whether it's on stage performing live music, as a DJ at the next big party, the host at your next karaoke night, on an excursion to the Texas Theater or on your TV. He jokingly says that he has his hands in so many pots because he's a "jack-of-all trades, master of none," but the way he has commanded an audience this spring has hardly been short of masterful. Caroline North
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