The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Blink 182, Meghan Trainor & More

Meghan Trainor brings the bass back to Dallas (well, Allen) this week.
Jack Gorman

This week offers up a parade of pop fun for all the '90s kids out there. Blink-182, Rascal Flatts, Alien Ant Farm and Edwin McCain are coming through town to help you relive your salad days. Take the train and catch some Pokemon on the way, just be careful not to not bump into any of the unassuming weeaboos heading out to catch some Asian delights, in Korea’s SHINee and Japan’s Boris. 

Boris
With Earth and Shitstorm, 8 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $18.

Japan's Boris have covered it all through the course of their lengthy discography, from experimental power noise to melancholic doom and gloom to being a full-blown '70s-tinged power trio. Touring behind this year’s expanded re-issue of their classic Pink, Boris are playing the whole album live. This is unapologetically metal, but the fuzz-drenched guitars exploding with feedback have a lot more in common with a really raw punk band. For support, they are bringing along legendary drone metal godfathers Earth, a band Boris most likely owe a huge debt of influence to – which is a lot more obvious on many of the more drone-based Boris releases. Earth may also be the only band heavy enough to kick off this show. Wanz Dover

Emily King
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $18

Grammy-nominated Emily King, though not a household name just yet, is quietly taking over the world of contemporary R&B. This is especially evident with her sophomore album, The Switch, released last year on her own label, Making Music Records. She's shared stages with John Legend, Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys to name a few. Her playful tempos and wailing guitars match wits behind heartfelt lyrics and soulful vocals. You'll want to keep an eye out for this up and coming artist. Diamond Victoria 

Alien Ant Farm
With Perish Lane, Spill, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $14

Alien Ant Farm found worldwide success pretty quickly after releasing their cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Once the novelty wore off though, they stuck around for a few more hits. At this point however, their 15 minutes has definitely been up for a while. But they still put on a hell of a show and released their first studio album since 2006, Always and Forever, last year. Despite bassist Tye Zamora leaving the band after the album's release to assist Godsmack and Limp Bizkit, Alien Ant Farm isn't finding any problems drawing in a crowd. DV


Blink-182 
With A Day to Remember and All-American Rejects, 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave, 214-421-1111 or paviliondallas.com, $50.

The only thing weirder than Blink-182 being able to produce a No. 1 album in the country 20 years into their storied career is that Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker pulled it off without co-founder Tom DeLonge. The only thing weirder than that, though, is DeLonge getting squeezed out of the group while he was off pursuing his obsession with aliens. Nonetheless, the legendary pop-punk band is trudging along and deep in the middle of a summer tour with Alkaline Trio singer and guitarist Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge. For faithful longtime fans of the perpetually juvenile band, California is a pure representation of their everlasting glory, chock full of high energy anthems and teenage angst despite their age. Post-hardcore outfit A Day to Remember and rockers All-American Rejects open this three-headed monster of a concert. Mikel Galicia

The Bellamy Brothers
6 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, Tx, 817-624-7117, or billybobstexas.com, $16 to $20

Brothers David and Homer Bellamy started playing music together back in the '70s. Their first big hit, "Let Your Love Flow," was a crossover of pop and country and garnered them a number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in '76 (though it seems they are best known for the double entendre hit "If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me"). The duo went on to make several records over the past few decades, mainly in the country scene, and the love still flows these days with a #95 spot on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Songs with "Old Hippie." DV

Edwin McCain
8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.,  214-824-9933, or granadatheater.com, $29 to $49

Who hasn't been to a post-1998 wedding in which the couple danced to Edwin McCain? The saxophone-drenched ballad "I'll Be," in which McCain promises, in essence, never to be a douchebag, granted him the one commercial success he needed to live easy. He's since dropped off the mainstream music radar but continues to record albums on independent labels and perform in small venues. His fan base is glad of it, for the singer-songwriter's live and often acoustic performances are peppered with personal anecdotes and covers of his favorite songs, all of which work best in an intimate setting. Erika Hobart


Rascal Flatts
With Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave, 214-421-1111 or paviliondallas.com, $32.50 to $62.25.


It’s 2016, and Rascal Flatts still thrive under the appeal of pop country. The trio’s new album, Rewind, offers a sound familiar to fans and casual listeners. Joe Rooney’s guitars still crackle sharply in the speakers, and the harmonies are as bright as ever. Rewind is reliable, much like Rascal Flatts’ live show. Expect to see all three members lunging limbs and instruments in all directions, never touching their audience, perhaps due to force shields paid for by the Pixar royalties. Hyperbole? Maybe. But when you go to see Rascal Flatts at Gexa Energy Pavillion, you can make sure to bring your children along with. Caleb Wossen

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Trees Local Showcase
With Neil Swanson (Son of Swan), Never your Zero, The Adam Nañez Band, Junk and Deathrow Bowdeen, 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $10

Trees is highlighting the best in local rock n' roll with their lineup Friday night. Headlining the gig is Neil Swanson, who's been revered by many, namely Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Vai, as one of the best guitar players in the country. You may recognize him from his band Son of Swan, but he'll be a one-man show for his spot on the bill. Kicking things off for the night are some of the best names in local metal and hard rock.  DV


Meghan Trainor
With Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd., Allen, 972-678-4646 or alleneventcenter.com, $29.95 to $59.95.


You may not even realize how much you like Meghan Trainor, if you only casually follow pop music. Chances are you’ve heard “All About That Bass,” and if so, chances are it’s been stuck inside your head. Trainor, just 20 years old at the time of the release of her first big-label single, blasted out of the gate and into the No. 1 radio single slot. While she hasn’t repeated that high watermark, she has  turned out three more songs that you definitely at least kind of know: “Lips Are Movin’,” “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (with John Legend) and “No,” off of her new release, Thank You. To find out whether or not she can perform that body positive persona on stage you will just have to wait until July 31. Trainor has yet to make a big mark with her personality as a pop star, perhaps because she focused more on the songwriting than the histrionics that keep other starlets on our minds. Hillary Juster

SHINee
8 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Tx, 972-854-5111, or verizontheatre.com, $15 to $75

Perfectly groomed boy bands are still relevant according to South Korea's SHINee. They seem to have missed the memo that this fad died off in the U.S. about a decade or so ago, but that isn't stopping them from popping and locking all the way to the stage. And to be fair, their slightly dumbed-down version of K-Pop is pretty catchy, especially when paired with perfectly synchronized dance moves, slicked back hair and plenty of strobe lights. DV

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