The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Erykah Badu, Migos & More

You know who: It's time to celebrate Badu.EXPAND
You know who: It's time to celebrate Badu.
Kathy Tran

This week, there couldn't be a purer embodiment of Dallas than its crown jewel herself, Erykah Badu, performing for her annual birthday bash at The Bomb Factory. And if you want to stay hyperlocal, Sealion's surf punk sensibilities will keep you rooted with a killer bill at RBC the same night. But if you choose to be unfaithful to the 214, you've got your choice of classic or celtic-flavored rock with AC/DC and Dropkick Murphys, respectively.  Oh, and Atlanta's most notorious hip-hop trio, Migos, are gonna p-p-p-pipe it up at Southside and keep the dab on life support.

Johnnyswim
8 p.m. Monday, February 22, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $27.50
This Nashville duo has created a sound that's part soul, part blues and part folk. Johnnyswim's ability to sync up is no coincidence — the duo has been married since 2009, but that hasn't put a single bump in their pursuit of harmonized, soulful music. Shared vocal duties and a strong sense of driving rhythm and melody make their songs infectious and catchy. Matt Wood

AC/DC
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $79.50-$140

AC/DC’s Back in Black is the second-highest-selling album of all time, surpassed only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. That is hard to believe given the current state of rock music; arena-filling rock bands are few and far between now that rock music is almost completely absent from mainstream culture. Rock has become a niche genre. AC/DC’s last album, Rock or Bust, was the first without founding member Malcolm Young, who had to depart due to illness. His nephew Stevie Young is playing with the band in his place, helping to keep things in the family. After all of these years, AC/DC still exude a perfect fusion of all things great about blue collar rock ‘n’ roll — a sound that has touched, inspired and been imitated by metal, punk and classic rock alike. Rock or Bust really does not sound that different from their first album four decades ago, proving that while most rock bands tend to age poorly, AC/DC’s music is timeless. Wanz Dover

Daley
8 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., 214-670-3687 or liveatthemajestic.com, $35-$40

Besides being recognized for his infamous curly red hair and classic shades, U.K. singer-songwriter Gareth Daley brings a breath of fresh air to classic R&B and soul music. Growing up in Manchester, England, Daley was slow to find a musical niche since there wasn’t much diversity. His soulful music and honest, heartfelt lyrics needed to be nurtured, so he spent a lot of time in London perfecting his craft. He was given a chance to be heard by the mainstream in 2010 when he wrote for and was featured on tracks with other U.K. artists such as Gorillaz, Emeli Sand and Jessie J. This opened up the door for Daley to release his first mixtape, Those Who Wait. With hit songs like “Smoking Gun” and “Alone Together,” the project was received well internationally. It was no surprise when he was signed to America’s Universal Republic Records shortly after. Since then, he has released his highly acclaimed EP, Alone Together, and his debut album, Days & Nights. 2015 flew by without a peep from Daley, but his fans will be delighted that he’s back in Dallas to give them a show, originally scheduled for The Bomb Factory but since moved to the Majestic. Aria Bell

Migos
8 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 972-343-2444 or gilleysdallas.com, $30-$100

It’s pretty safe to assume this Atlanta rap trio has had the Dallas date of their tour circled for some time now. This influential bunch, who brought the dab to prominence in pop culture and who are reshaping the American lexicon with their unique lingo, have an affinity for naming tracks after Dallas sports heroes such as Emmitt Smith and most recently Dirk Nowitzki. (No word on their cameos yet.) If that hometown connection isn’t enough to get you out to the show, the rare opportunity to see all three members together might do it. During their three years of monumental national success, legal troubles have made it a rarity for all three members to perform together on stage. Luckily for us, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset will all make this show, but it’s anybody’s guess which tracks they’ll choose to perform from their absurdly deep catalog that includes one official studio album and over a dozen mixtapes. Mikel Galicia

Dropkick Murphys
With Tiger Army and Darkbuster, 8 p.m. Friday, February 26, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $30-$45

Like many other seminal punk bands, Celtic-punk icons Dropkick Murphys haven’t grown older in a soft, quiet manner. Similar to Social Distortion, Rancid and fellow stout-flavored screamers Flogging Molly, the Al Barr- and Ken Casey-led group have stayed grizzled, menacing and rather ferocious over the years. The group’s annual tour, including a swing through Dallas for yet another sold-out show, isn’t celebrating a recent album, though 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood easily stands strong next to any other DK record, but instead the Massachusetts-born outfit’s 20th anniversary. Few active bands identify with not only their home region but also the working-class ethos the way the pro-labor, politically active group has for so long now. For Boston sports fans, supporting Dropkick Murphys is as automatic as supporting the Sox or the Celtics. Similar to how many New York-based artists repped their hometown after the 9/11 attacks, the Murphys’ music and charitable relief efforts were vital to thousands of Bostonians troubled by the Marathon bombings of 2013. As much as any other band hitting the roads these days, the Murphys take the beating heart of their hometown to every gig, no matter where it is. Kelly Dearmore

Erykah Badu
With Dave Chapelle, 7 p.m. Friday, February 26, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or thebombfactory.com, $38

It’s been an even busier than normal year for Dallas’ own ultralight beam, Erykah Badu. Live from Badubatron, Ms. Fat Belly Bella recently sent the message that mixtapes aren’t just for newly emerging artists with the release of But You Caint Use My Phone. Between making her Sundance Film Festival premiere in The Land and styling Pyer Moss’ socially introspective New York Fashion Week show, “Double Bind,” DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown still coordinated an annual celestial celebration for her B-Day. Dave Chappelle, stand up comedy’s Michael Jordan, will be hosting Still Booming: The Birthday Bash. The announcement promised special guests, but who could be more special than Badu and Chappelle? Expect a live band, a couple beat machines, some turntables and tons of impromptu entertainment. The Bomb Factory will more than likely be sold out as DFW comes out to take part in a Badu B-day experience. Jordan Dunbar

Sealion
With Party Static, Dead Mockingbirds and Pearl Earl, 8 p.m. Friday, February 26, at RBC, 2617 Commerce St., $8

One of the most popular measuring sticks for pop punk bands is, "Can I listen to this in the autumn?" Sealion, self-described "margarita punk," are Dallas punk's go-to hand-holding and foliage observation band. Formed in 2011, members Cole Denton, Hunter Moehring, Alex Poulos and Samantha Villavert have been having plenty of fun as Sealion. In the various tribes of the punk subculture, it seems that only the pop-punk kids remember to have fun, and Sealion doesn't ever forget that as they play through their songs. Their most recent album, 2014's Heavy Fizz, is a good time, and Sealion shows are a good time, and you can't ever really argue against a good time, can you? They'll be joined on Friday by their BFFs in Party Static, plus Denton's Pearl Earl and Dead Mockingbirds, who celebrate the release of their first record. James Khubiar

Alison Wonderland
7 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St.. $20

Alex Sholler was classically trained and studied the cello for three years in Germany, so naturally she became a DJ. Under the clever moniker Alison Wonderland, the Australian producer has been stirring things up in the EDM world by combining trap and chill wave beats and creating sprawling aural landscapes with her production. Her single, "U Don't Know," has a guest feature by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and its rise in popularity has put her in the spotlight. I'd be willing to bet that within the next year, the mainstream artists will be following her down the rabbit hole. MW

Gary Allan
8 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at WinStar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., $40-$65

Country superstar Gary Allan has been a hit-making machine for damn-near two decades now. The 48-year-old California native has walked the fine line between stadium filler and perpetual critical favorite with a small following. Due to the tragedy surrounding the 2004 suicide of his third wife, Angela, he became an even more compelling figure. While he didn't seek out the extra attention that came from such horrific personal turmoil, the albums in its aftermath took on extra meaning whether he wanted them to or not. Even the relatively schlocky "Best I Ever Had," a cover of the mom-rock group Vertical Herizon's 2001 hit song, became a powerful statement. Allan had also dealt with darkness before the loss of Angela. In his earliest days of recording on a large scale, Allan regularly had a sadness in his voice. Sometimes the darkness was hit-you-over-the-head obvious, while at other times it was much less so. He uses darkness as a tool instead of a theme or vibe. Kelly Dearmore

Agent Orange
7 p.m. Sunday, February 28, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $12
Agent Orange is from Orange County. Go figure. In 1989, they were one of the first bands to pioneer the surf punk genre, taking elements from surf rock and making them grungier and heavier. The combination has endured and expanded, and even Dallas' own Sealion is a descendent of these Californian forefathers. Thanks to Agent Orange, we'll never have to worry about whether to listen to surf rock or punk rock. MW

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