The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Beyoncé, Rihanna & More
Watch Yonce twirl on her haters in Dallas this week
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So you’re sitting there, head in your hands, wondering how you could’ve forgotten Mother’s Day. It’s okay. You know how you can make it up to her? By spending outrageous sums to get her tickets to see Beyoncé tonight. Or maybe Hall & Oates is a bit more her speed? You’ve got plenty of choices, though, so make sure to make right with your mom. And for God's sake, write it down somewhere so you don't forget next year).
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, 817-892-4000 or attstadium.com, $45-$280
Just when you think you know what to expect from Queen Bey, she goes and does something like Lemonade. The unexpected release of Beyoncé at the end of 2013 was surprising enough, but Lemonade was next level. The stunning visual album has forced even the unbelievers to fall in line with the queen. When the Formation Tour makes its way to Dallas (well, Arlington), expect throngs of screaming fans with an unrepentant love — obsession, even — of Beyoncé paired with one of the best live shows today.With dozens of costume changes, high-energy routines and throwbacks to Beyonce's older work, expect for this show to, as the kids say, give you life. Amy McCarthy
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $20
At 25, Teyana Taylor has already been signed with Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. But you can't blame them for recognizing her immense talent: her blend of R&B and hip-hop is masterful. Her tracks simultaneously sound like '90s hip-hop and modern R&B hits, partially due to clever sampling that shows off her deep familiarity with hip-hop catalogues. Though she's only earned a fraction of the success she deserves so far, she's already set herself up as someone to carry the wave. Matt Wood
8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $40-250
Typically, featuring other singers on your tracks is a move intended to supplement talent and boost some credibility to your work. Disclosure, however, has almost no need to supplement as their stunning production and the strong vocals of Howard Lawrence are complete in and of themselves. But Disclosure has an incredible ability to create productions that are almost tailor-made to the feature artists they work with, such as Lorde, the Weeknd, Miguel and Sam Smith. Lorde's track features clicking drums and swelling synths with airplane hanger reverb, while Smith gets a tight electronic dance beat to work with. Their abilities frequently make you wish that Disclosure would produce entire albums with one artist, since their production shows a clear understanding of a singer's strengths and substance. MW
7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Southside Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., $30-75
Young Thug has created a career for himself without a single official studio album to his name. He's borrowed Future's rapid-fire album approach by putting out 14 mixtapes in just five years. And although there are a few misses, Thugger has recently been killing it after putting out Slime Season trilogy and Barter 6 last year. Young Thug's nasally, slick vocal delivery is hard to miss, although it sometimes makes the lyrics themselves fairly easy to miss. But that's fine, because you'll be too busy dabbing or whipping or something to notice. MW
With Future, Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Gates and more, 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Fair Park, 3750 Midway Plaza, $40-300
We haven't seen an artist be this prolific since Ryan Adams was pumping out albums every other month. And, much like Adams it feels like Future is working like this as a way to cope with his ever-changing life, finding solace in his work as a way of attaining balance. You've got to wonder how long he can keep this up. This is his fifth trip through North Texas since June, and he's had new material almost every time. That's awesome, but he might need a vacation, or someone to talk to. Jaime-Paul Falcon
Halls & Oates
With Sharon Jones and the Dap-King and Trombone Shorty, 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 or dallaspavilion.org, $25-$125.
The legacy of Hall & Oates' brand of blue-eyed soul has stood the test of time. Every time it might have seemed they were lost to the annals of '80s music lore, their string of hits from the late '70s to the mid '80s are reclaimed by another new generation. The duo secretly has become one of the most influential bands to come out of that golden decade. Their stamp on pop music can be found on all levels, from indie rock to more mainstream fare. A deep love of classic soul music has always been a constant thread in Hall & Oates' music, so it comes as no surprise that they chose the most authentic classic soul revival on the road to open for them by way of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings to support their 2016 tour. New Orleans jazz fusionist Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue round out what will be knockout soul-powered bill. Wanz Dover
With Travi$ Scott, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $39-$164.
Despite a rescheduled performance originally set to take place in March, bad girl RiRi will be making her way back to Dallas this Friday, landing at the American Airlines Center for her Anti World Tour. Rihanna had to postpone the beginning of her tour and pull out of a performance at the 2016 Grammys due to falling ill earlier this year. Yes, Rihanna is human too. The 28-year-old Barbadian singer, songwriter and now fashion tycoon released her eighth studio album, Anti, late last January after rumors of it had been flying around about it since 2014. While working on her new album last year, Rihanna teamed up with Paul McCartney and Kanye West for the international hit “FourFiveSeconds,” which was eventually removed from the track listing of Anti. Peeping some of her new fashion pieces may be just as exciting as hearing some of her bangers on this tour. It should be the best of both the fashion and music worlds. Sara Button
7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $33-53
I guess the future really has arrived, because 3-D hologram pop stars are already replacing those temperamental human ones. It's only a natural evolution to swap out a real-life performer for a program who will nail every note and every choreography step at each concert, right? And it's hard to deny that the music is catchy, even if you don't know a word of Japanese. The music somehow blends bits of pop music, metal, electronica and even orchestral arrangements into cohesive songs. I, for one, welcome our new vocaloids overlords. MW
Homegrown Music and Arts Festival
With Ghostland Observatory, Neon Indian, Wild Child and more, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, Main Street Garden Park, 1900 Main St., homegrownfest.com, $35-$100.
Dallas is packed with talent, so it makes sense that we have so many darn shows and festivals on offer. But only one caters to both creating a family friendly environment and showcasing local, or near local, acts year after year. The seventh annual Homegrown Music and Arts Festival has 12 acts booked, all of whom hail from the great state of Texas. They range from the gritty rhymes of Bobby Sessions to the bright, vibrant indie stylings of Wild Child, and the feel good dance tunes of Ghostland Observatory. Local vendors, live art demonstrations and open lawns (perfect for your pooches to share in the fun) will round out the event. So grab the kids, your dog and significant other, and settle in for a daylong celebration of some of Texas’ most sonically gifted, including the always fun Neon Indian and Ishi. Nicholas Bostick
With the Twilight Sad, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com,$30-$80.
The Cure, venerable West Sussex purveyors of panoptic gloom, take their particular brand of symphonic melancholy on tour in North America for the first time since 2013. While they’ve played live rather a lot in the past decade for a band of their age, they’ve usually been behind the forbidding paywall of festival admission prices — they’re a favorite headline choice for promoters the world over. You could also catch them occasionally in Los Angeles and New York City, but they haven’t graced Dallas with their presence since 2008, when they also played the American Airlines Center. Robert Smith will appear this month with the line-up that solidified in 2011: former Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrel, ex-Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, drummer James Cooper (who’s been with the Cure since 1995) and Simon Gallup, who is for all intents and purposes a founding member. The band has promised to play not only classics and rarities, but new and unreleased material as well. Scottish post-punkers Twilight Sad open. Elliot Wright
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