The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Børns, Boston & More

Spinderella and Salt-N-Pepa lead the way on this week's Verizon Theatre stop of the I Love the '90s Tour.
Spinderella and Salt-N-Pepa lead the way on this week's Verizon Theatre stop of the I Love the '90s Tour.
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With the Texas June temperatures upon us, we can be more thankful than ever that the best concerts this week are all taking place in a cool, air conditioned venue. And for the 30-something crowd, not only is this a comfort often taken for granted by youngsters, the end of the week is shaping up to be pretty nostalgic with shows from Boston, Huey Lewis and the News and more. But it’s not all oldies, as Børns and Yung Lean get things rolling this week. 

Børns
8 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Granada Theater,  3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX  75206, 214-824-9933, or granadatheater.com, Sold Out

If a lot of today’s music sounds something like mid-‘80s pop with the sharpness, contrast, saturation and sugar content cranked way up, then Børns sounds something like the late ‘70s variation on that theme. While he certainly looks backwards for inspiration — “Electric Love” is a prime example, with its heavy psych guitars and warbly prog synth opening — his records have that genetically modified, test-tube grown goodness we’ve come to expect from modern major radio acts. (The similarities both aural and in name between his “Electric Love” and MGMT’s “Electric Feel” are both relevant and instructive here.) On his debut record, Dopamine, Børns worked with Emile Hanyie (Lana Del Rey) and Jeff Bhasker (Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), and it shows: It’s a quick, slick, neuroelectrical burst of psych-tinged pop pleasure, with Børns’ dialed-in falsetto slipping easily past the blood-brain barrier. Elliot Wright

Yung Lean
8 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, at Trees, 2709 Elm St. Dallas, TX  75226-1425, 214-741-1122, or treesdallas.com, $22.

Rapper Yung Lean is taking a new approach. Weathering criticism towards his absurdist, goofy, meme-rich visuals and meth-mouth vocals may have gotten to our boy Lean, no matter how enjoyable his sad raps were. Lean rids himself of the familiar motifs – the Pokemon card references are missed – and doubles down on the sadness. Gritty, witty sad boy replacing Sobe-drinking, living good sad boy is a bit of a let down, but whatever. Lean’s concerts, replete with fans dressed like off-duty Power Rangers are hour-long de-stress sessions pushing fans back and forth gently in Yung Gud’s ocean breeze trance rap. If “Warlord”’s drier sound rubs you right, come to Trees on Tuesday, June 6, 2016. Dress in your favorite kitsche – this is the moment to break out the Minnie Mouse t-shirts your aunts would wear during late night marathons of “Golden Girls”, yeah? Yeah. Caleb Wossen

Rogue Wave
With Floating Action, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Club Dada, 2709 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $16/$18 at the door.

"Screw California/And friends that are never there." Those lyrics, from Rogue Wave's 2005 album Descended Like Vultures, greeted visitors who landed on my MySpace page, circa 2006. I had nothing against the Golden State, I just liked the song and dove headfirst into the bulk of that groove-filled and laid-back collection, using several of its other tracks as key components of the CD-R mixes I used to bombard my friends with at the time. In the intervening decade, little has been heard from Zach Rogue and Co. Now, though, they've returned with a reinvigorated sense of focus and a renewed appreciation for the work they do. Their new album, the gloriously pun-titled Delusions of Grand Fur, unfolds at a leisurely pace; it's filled with well-crafted reflections, a few hook-filled choruses and even another ode to California. It's enough to get me excited about the band again, but not enough to reactivate my MySpace account. Jeff Strowe

She Wants Revenge
9 p.m., Thursday June 9, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX  75202, 214-978-2583, or houseofblues.com, $25.

She Wants Revenge released their debut album of the same name back in 2006 and peaked at No 3 on the U.S. Billboard Top Electronic albums the same year. They’ve since released three more albums but have seemingly been on an indefinite hiatus for the past few years. Their sound is influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode, Bauhaus and Interpol - despite SWR co-founder Justin Warfield jumping from one genre to the next in the ‘90s. The former hip hop emcee turned psychedelic rocker turned dark wave virtuoso is reuniting with his fellow bandmate Adam Bravin for a 10 year anniversary tour of the album that launched their post-punk revival careers. Diamond Victoria

Boston
With Don Felder, Rick Derringer and Stone Cold Sweat, 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $9.25-$109.75.

American classic rock band Boston is coming through Dallas on Friday, supporting the 40th anniversary of their first, self-titled album. Boston sold more than 17 million copies and remains one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. music history. Following their blockbuster debut, the next two albums the band released went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Three years ago, Boston released their first studio album in 11 years, Life, Love, & Hope, which was released following the death of lead singer Brad Delp. The band canceled three of their North Carolina tour dates earlier this year in protest of the “oppressive” Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, more commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Since it is now of public concern where the public takes a piss, everyone has an opinion, even a classic rock band. According to a post on Facebook, Boston founder Tom Scholz notified the public that he canceled the shows, citing the significance of defending human rights. Sara Button

Bob Schneider
6 p.m., Friday, June 10, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX  75208, 214-272-8346, or thekessler.org, $22-$35.

Insanely intelligent, talented and good-looking (he used to bang Sandra Bullock), Bob Schneider can and does play virtually every style of music. Really: If you put Mick Jagger, Alan Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Ozzy Osbourne and Kanye West's names into a hat and asked Schneider to choose one and attempt to one-up the man he's mimicking onstage, he'd do it with ease like the karaoke singer who does a better Cher than Cher can. In short, Schneider's too versatile for his own good; never mind song-by-song differentiation, Schneider can deliver shows of entirely different genres on back-to-back nights if the mood strikes him. Mike Seely

Huey Lewis and the News
8 p.m., Friday, June 10, Choctaw Casino Resort, 4216 S. Highway 69/75, Durant, OK, 800-788-2464 or choctawcasino.com.

The world’s love for Huey Lewis and the News’ perfect cocktail of blues and radio-friendly pop can likely be traced back to their hit “Power of Love” in the film Back to the Future. But It’s probably impossible to attend a concert and not recognize every other song they’ve released over the past few decades. Hits such as “I Want a New Drug” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll” cemented the band as one of the best to come out of the ‘80s. Their last album, Soulsville, was released in 2010 and is a tribute to the artists and music of Stax Records. DV

Buddy Guy
10:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2500 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117 or billybobstexas.com, $16-$45.

Buddy Guy has been plucking guitar strings since he built his first two-string at the age of 7. Since then he’s become a rock ‘n’ roll icon. Influencing the likes of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, the 78-year old’s madcap style blurs the lines between traditional Chicago blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Audiences stand in awe as Guy transitions from his hard, fast and erratic playing to being quiet as a mouse, letting his guitar talk with incredible poise and spirit. Then he’ll whip the guitar behind his back and surge into a wild solo, using a drum stick as a pick. After earning a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, seven Grammys and a slew of life-time achievement awards, Guy is showing no signs of slowing down. His 2015 album, Born to Play Guitar, dropped at the No. 1 spot of Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, and is still touring the world. Billy Bob’s is hosting blues royalty, and you don’t want to miss it. Nick Bostick

Salt-N-Pepa
With Coolio, All 4 One, Color Me Bad and more, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com,$25-$65.

For some, the '90s never really died – and with the advent of reunion tours and classic hip-hop radio stations, that fact has never been truer. The latest example is self-explanatory I Love the '90s Tour, which is being headlined by legendary female rap duo Salt-N-Pepa. This nostalgic nationwide tour embodies the ‘90s with some of the most memorable R&B and hip hop artists from the era including Vanilla Ice, Kid ‘N Play, Color Me Badd, Biz Markie, Coolio and more. Sadly, Rob Van Winkle won't be a part of the Grand Prairie stop, but there will be a local presence thanks to Salt-N-Pepa DJ Spinderella, who has adopted Dallas as her home in recent years. Initially the tour was only supposed to be in a few cities this spring, but after sold-out shows and such a high demand for more shows to, the tour expanded to additional cities. Bring out the overalls, ripped jeans and windbreakers, so you bust out those retired dance moves you’ve been longing to do again. Aria Bell

DMX
With Conceited, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $50.

The rise and fall of DMX is a long, complex and well-documented tale. The Yonkers rapper enjoyed a rapid ascent to hip-hop stardom on the strength of his rough-and-tumble persona, which coupled all the street credibility in the world with a charisma that crossed over to mainstream audiences. Throughout the early 2000s, he produced some amazing party anthems. Since then, the Empire State rapper has been riddled with numerous arrests, battles with drug abuse and volatile public behavior that has rendered any and all former glory nearly forgotten. This concert, though, offers an opportunity to see DMX shine as the showman he was once known to be, and perform all those mega hits he possesses or an opportunity to gawk at a fallen star. Mikel Galicia



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