The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week: Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber & More

Forget about the kids. None of them can hang with The Boss.
Forget about the kids. None of them can hang with The Boss.
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Last November, thousands of Americans faced a moment of truth. While grooving to a song they'd never heard, they were unknowingly lured into the charms of Justin Bieber's adult career. It's impossible to deny that Bieber has come a long way to become the dance-pop crooner we can't help singing along to. But if you've somehow resisted these temptations, you can always relive Urban Outfitters playlists circa 2010 with M83, Mumford & Sons and Beach House. Or if you're trying to get as far away as possible from the kids' music these days, take a deep breath and remember that The Boss will probably be touring long after we're gone.

Mumford & Sons,
7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, Gexa Energy Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., 214-421-1111 or, $34.50-$59.50

After ditching the banjos and scrub boards for humbuckers and synthesizers, British folk figureheads Mumford & Sons are out to capitalize on the momentum gained from their 2015 album, Wilder Minds. This kind of dramatic shift in sound has worked well for bands looking to break out of their sophomore slump, so maybe this new direction will lead to EDM remixes of hits like “Little Lion Man.” Or maybe these Gentlemen of the Road are just tired of the barn burners and beards. Either way, they’ll be making their way to Dallas to help kickstart Gexa Energy Pavilion's 2016 programming, and we can only hope they have enough room in the van to bring the acoustic sound that made tracks like “I Will Wait” stand out in the first place. Nicholas Bostick

Paul Slavens
10 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 N. Industrial St., Free

Paul Slavens is a local legend. He was the frontman of the late '80s and early '90s outfit, Ten Hands. He’s a renowned radio host at KXT 91.7 FM as well. He also does this kooky little thing at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton every Monday. He takes song title suggestions from people and makes up a song right there. It’s like a freestyle. Whatever you do, don’t be the dick who tries to make him rhyme orange. H. Drew Blackburn

Bruce Springsteen
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $69-$154

Bruce Springsteen is on tour celebrating the anniversary of The River. The double-LP is full of deep sentiment and it's a noticeably dark departure from what The Boss had been known for before its 1980 release, but it also opened the gateway for his explorations over the next decade. Springsteen, a working-class hero from New Jersey who has remained astonishingly relevant over more than four decades, inspires a fierce loyalty in the hearts of his fans. He is still putting out great albums and still putting on marathon live shows with the E Street Band. These are more akin to late night services at the Church of Rock than mere concerts. In an age where rock music as a whole has less significance in mainstream culture, it is refreshing to know guys like Springsteen still inspire people to seek out that kind of experience. Wanz Dover

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $12

Bleached, both in sound and subject matter, is a heavy band. Their lo-fi punk uses elements from stoner metal to create a towering sound between the thundering drums and monstrous guitars. Lyrically, Jennifer Clavin draws from dark memories of living in excess to escape her reality, and she's unafraid to present these thoughts in song form. It very well may have saved her life, because the band was the only thing pushing her forward for a while. Through her writing, she's learned to like the person holding the pen, and she's managed to make a whole lot of fans like her even more. Matt Wood

Los Lonely Boys
8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at House of Blues, 2200 North Lamar St., $10-$55

Los Lonely Boys are famed for making the adult contemporary Billboard charts for “Heaven,” which they produced with Texas singer-songwriter/legend Willie Nelson in 2003. Adult contemporary is a pretty spot-on description for this Chicano power-rock trio from San Angelo. After all, this is the band that your sad, companionless tio loves to listen to in his bungalo post-break up and after a night of heavy drinking at Ships. (Rest in peace.) And with their latest album Revelation, the band revisit their roots. The Garza brothers combine their classic mix of Tejano, a brush of the blues, a tinge of country and a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll guitar solos in songs like “Blame It on Love” and “Don’t Walk Away.” Singer Jojo Garza shines in particular with his rugged yet calm vocal styling, as brothers Henry and Ringo lay down the smooth rock foundation for Jojo’s guitar solos. They also have elements of conjunto and reggae in some of their songs, like “Give It a Little More,” demonstrating that the group isn’t just sticking to their old formula. Of course, their lyrical content is filled with life's heartbreaks, just perfect for that solitary uncle. Pablo Arauz

With Yacht, 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or, Sold out

Anthony Gonzalez’s always epic dream-pop project M83 have come a long way since their noisier post-shoegaze worshiping days. A knack for ‘80s soundtrack nostalgia was only hinted at on their first few albums, but it eventually overpowered the noise-pop roots without outright ditching the aesthetic. The evolution of Gonzalez’s sound has been natural over the course of six albums, gradually developing into something with a more cinematic scope. His last official album release was a film score for the Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle Oblivion. M83 releases their seventh album, Junk, on the same day they make an appearance in Dallas for the third stop of their new world tour. Denton-based songwriter Kaela Sinclair recently became part of the M83 touring band, implying that the stars may be aligned for this M83 show to be a particularly special one. WD

Tori Kelly
8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., $30

What do Tori Kelly and Kendrick Lamar have in common? They've both carried on the tradition of being snubbed at the Grammy's by milquetoast pop artists (OK, Taylor's fine, but Meghan Trainor winning is unacceptable). Kelly might even be more well-known for the look she gave while the winners were announced. And it's a shame, because Kelly is a damn talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and performer who effortlessly creates exciting and catchy pop songs that you won't be forgetting anytime soon. MW

Beach House
8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or, $30

The grandiose sweep of M83’s pop orchestrations should still be ringing inside The Bomb Factory when Beach House show up the following night with their mellower brand of dream pop. Over the years, the Baltimore duo have blown their intimate sound out to an ever grander scale, without sacrificing the evocative stream-of-consciousness flair that defined their earliest bedroom recordings. Their most recent records, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, sound every bit as throwback as their first, with Victoria Legand and Alex Scully’s haunting vocal interplay managing to evoke the illusion of a third voice floating in their rich instrumentals. Beachgoers may consider having a pillow on deck, as the pair have been known to host “slumber parties” in an attempt to keep things intimate and mimic their earlier cozy, at-home vibes — no mean feat in the 4,000-capacity Deep Ellum venue. Matt Payne

Bryan Adams
8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or, $29.95-$89.95

Bryan Adams is the ‘80s singer-songwriter we almost forgot about. His career started on a high note, with one of his first performances accompanied by none other than David Bowie. His original sound was essential '80s rock, blending right in with acts like Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Phil Collins. But Adams’ songs always had a certain soul to them, and even when he was wearing a leather jacket and putting on the tough-guy shtick, it was clear that he was not only a heartfelt singer, but a benevolent one. Songs like “Cut Like a Knife” reveal the edgy-but-sensitive approach to Adams’ songs, accompanied by the fuzzy ‘80s guitars and Adams’ ruffled hairdo. In his music videos from that era, he’s basically a John Hughes character waiting to have a change of heart when he meets the right gal. MW

Justin Bieber
With Post Malone and Moxie Raia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at American Airlines Center, 214-222-3687 or, $50.50-$126

Justin Drew Bieber, aka the Biebs, will be back in Dallas on the Purpose World Tour this weekend. This is the 22-year-old Canadian pop singer’s third world tour, celebrating his fourth studio album, Purpose. The Biebs will be touring the continental United States through the end of July before he takes a month-long break to continue the tour across the pond in Clemsford, England. He’ll be singing and dancing on stage for three more months, traveling through Iceland, Switzerland, Italy and Croatia, to name just a few countries. His world tour concludes at the end of November, in London, England. The most pressing question buzzing around the Purpose World Tour Dallas date is whether or not Biebs’ ex-girlfriend, Grand Prairie-born Selena Gomez, will be in attendance. She was at the Biebs’ Los Angeles show last Wednesday after rumors of the two rekindling their romance post the release of Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” song. One person who will certainly be there: Grapevine’s (and not Syracuse’s) Post Malone, who’s landed his biggest opportunity to date in opening for Bieber on this tour. Sara Button

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