The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week: Boyz II Men, Best Coast & More

Which coast is the Best Coast? We'll give you two guesses.
Which coast is the Best Coast? We'll give you two guesses.
Mike Brooks

As we enter this month of love, it's clear there's no shortage of stuff from the music world at the moment. Rihanna dropped an album out of thin air, and Beyoncé was, well, Beyoncé, and stopped the world (carry on). In our own neck of the woods, we have the inimitable Boyz II Men, and the slightly more imitable Pitbull. At Gas Monkey we've got stoner power couple Nathan Williams and Bethany Cosentino playing a joint bill together to help you pretend you're staying warm in California, skating and surfing your days away.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
With Lower Dens, 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a band that knows what they’re about. Since their 2011 self-titled album, Ruban Nielson and company have been pumping out funky psych ballads dripping with pitch-shifted guitars, phasey synth and plenty of soul. Their third studio release, Multi-Love, is no different. Their particular breed of psychedelia has always been honest to the genre’s roots without ever getting stale, and that is, without a doubt, due to the group’s never-ending exploration. Multi-Love is like a kaleidoscope.:Each track is a beautiful combination of subtle, blink-and-you-miss-it textures and colors and flawlessly transitions to the next combination to create an immersive, psychedelic trip that you won’t want to stop spinning. If you’ve been #blessed enough to see any of UMO’s music videos, you know the kind of trip you’re in for. Just embrace it, and be sure to pre-game come Tuesday — you’ll want your hands free for the type of weird that’s going to happen. Matthew MacDonald

Scott Stapp
With Supernova, Rocket Queen and Remnant, 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $30-$59

In case you didn't already know, Scott Stapp is the lead singer of the "post-grunge" band Creed who championed the alternative folk rock of the late ‘90s. The only thing that distinguished the band from all the other dirgey alternative bands of the day was Stapp's native country howl. Hits like “My Own Prison“ and "With Arms Wide Open" graced the waves of rock radio for years. The group's songs addressed subjects like despair and renewal, common to the Christian rock genre, where Creed drew many of its fans. Stapp decided to pursue his solo career in 2005, debuting with The Great Divide while continuing to tour and record with Creed. His last couple of singles include "Dying to Live" and "Only One," which were both featured on his latest album, Proof of Life. The album contains a slew of songs made according to that heavy rock-folk formula that keeps his tour bus running across the country. Pablo Arauz

Brazilian Girls
8 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $14-$17

When Sabina Sciubba, the only woman in the New York group that calls itself Brazilian Girls, sings, "I love the music on the radio/And this is how it goes," you have to assume the radio she's talking about is part crystal ball, because the instrumental break the band subsequently slips into combines hints of tango, a bit of rap and a taste of drum 'n' bass that morphs into something vaguely like Brazilian ska. It's probably not overstating the case to say Brazilian Girls is giving us a taste of what pop music is going to sound like by the middle of the 21st century. That song, "Corner Store," sums up the charm of Brazilian Girls' eponymous debut and its uncanny ability to be all things to all people. The group drops cabaret, dub, samba, folk music and more onto tracks that never sound forced or self-conscious. The sounds this band hears in its collective head inspire a global-minded groove with a generous intercontinental flavor. J. Poet

Bullet for My Valentine
With Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $35.50-$50

If you're a fan of brute, melodic heavy metal from the early '00s, you may remember the monolithic name Bullet for My Valentine — or at least you probably saw it on the black T-shirts worn by the goth kids. The name alone conjures up the anguish and betraying sorrow of one of the least recognized time periods in recent music history: This is a band thousands if not millions of hardcore fans worldwide found comfort in listening to while laying in their rooms, wallowing in the painful teenage angst that all humans must go through. What better cure for adolescent heartbreak than an aggressive, palm-muted guitar and bass assault and speedy drums intensified by terrifying demonic vocals? Emotional turmoil can't be expressed any better than with classics like "Tears Don't Fall" and "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)." The band still has a solid fan base and released their most recent album, Venom, in 2015. There's really no better time than now to pay heed and rock out to everyone's favorite metalcore band. (If you like metalcore, that is.) Pablo Arauz

Pitbull
9 p.m. Friday, February 12, at WinStar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, $75-$100

Pitbull is a venerable character if you ascribe to poptimism. Otherwise, the music is bombastic and savory in its hedonistic aspirations. He's the pop version of Nickleback, but whereas Nickleback accentuates the red state qualities of America, Pitbull knowingly panders to the Bud Lite and Red Bull-guzzling clubgoer who wears a vat of cologne. Out of necessity, Pitbull is a huge Latin figure in contemporary culture, a sad indicator that we need some more diversity, even in mainstream music. H. Drew Blackburn

Best Coast
With Wavves and Cherry Glazerr, 8 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $29.99-$200
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno make up the rock duo Best Coast. Hailing from Los Angeles, the pair will be at Gas Monkey Live! along with two traveling supporting acts, Wavves and Cherry Glazerr. Best Coast released their latest album, California Nights, this past May, which was Cosentino’s love letter to the Golden State. It's a dreamy, '90s-inspired rock album that hits you right in the feels. Cosentino also just released an essay on Lenny Letter that discusses her views on sexism (because she experiences plenty of it being an unapologetic woman in the music industry) and battling the patriarchy. She says, “I will NEVER apologize for being an outspoken boss, because I don't owe anyone an apology,” which is more than enough to inspire anyone, especially any woman, to get out and see a great show on a Friday evening. Sara Button

Boyz II Men
8 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Choctaw Casino, 462 S. Highway 69/75, Durant, Oklahoma, 1-888-652-4628 or choctawcasinos.com, Sold out

The rivalry between Boyz II Men and Jodeci rages on to this day, and while the pop landscape bears the latter’s indelible influence, let us not forget how Boyz II Men dominated the ‘90s. The classic foursome delivered witty, goofy, heart-on-their sleeve songs layered in harmonies that tied the whole family up in mutual infatuation. Remember when the group serenaded their mothers with their song “Mama," from the Soul Food soundtrack, on Oprah in 1998? Who could resist falling in love with them? The now-trio is enjoying a resurgence, joining Fall Out Boy for a rendition of “MotownPhilly” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, before stealing the spotlight as the dreamy Teen Angel on Grease! Live. If you're looking for a good time at an R&B concert where you won't have to worry about the singer leaving with your partner, head up to Choctaw and relax your mind to "Relax Your Mind." Caleb Wossen

Murder City Devils
With Riverboat Gamblers and Caskets, 9 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $25-$30

Seattle's Murder City Devils came along at a time when hard rock was searching for new sounds and voices. The garage-rock revival was all the rage, but even with a Sub Pop record deal and a wildly dynamic frontman in Spencer Moody, the organ-drenched garage-punk the Devils offered never truly broke through to the mainstream. After the band broke up in 2001, its members pursued other musical outlets and it seemed as though the band would forever be looked upon as a minor footnote. But after reuniting in 2006, the group has increasingly become touring regulars, screaming and bouncing toward frenzied throngs at most of the top punk and alternative festivals, including Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Though 2014's The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again was more than welcome, it's tough to imagine the group will ever top its stellar run of albums from over 15 years ago. Still, there's no denying the band's dangerous stage prowess remains wholly intact. With ominous tones, Moody’s soaring growl and oft-menacing lyrics dealing in religion, murder and, of course, rock 'n' roll, MCD records never feel safe or predictable, but are instead full of tension, fear and madness — you know, the stuff of garage-rock dreams. Kelly Dearmore

Ballyhoo!
7 p.m. Saturday, January 13, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Boulevard E., $13-$25

As a pop-punk reggae group, it should come as no surprise that Ballyhoo! are glad to play the oddball. Their latest single, "Mixtape" (not to be confused with what your roommate keeps asking you to listen to), is about a Regular Dude who can't resist giving a mix CD to a girl he digs. It even goes further, saying that it's the "third time this week," which helps push the song into the realm of tongue-in-cheek fun rather than "I might need a restraining order." Which is crucial, because apparently she doesn't even know his name. Matt Wood

Marty Friedman
7 p.m. Saturday, February 13, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $21-$26

During his tenure in Megadeth, Marty Friedman pulled out some of the most iconic riffs and solos in thrash metal. Friedman carefully walked the line between showcasing his obvious guitar mastery and creating hooks that would have listeners air-guitaring for years to come. When he left to pursue a solo career in 2000, it was because, ironically, he decided Megadeth wasn't metal enough, and that he couldn't improve as a musician in the group. That would be metal blasphemy, if not for the fact that Friedman is the messiah himself. MW

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