The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week: KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd & More

This weekend, you can Dallas rock city — in Durant, Oklahoma.EXPAND
This weekend, you can Dallas rock city — in Durant, Oklahoma.
Dan MacMedan

While the East Coast is enduring the second ice age at the moment, Dallas is heating up with this week of shows. Get out there and appreciate the privilege of drivable roads by strapping on your heeled boots and marching with the KISS army, or countdown the days until it gets warm with Europe. Plus on Friday we've got a Lynyrd Skynyrd show, which is the single most appropriate place to yell "FREE BIRD!" to your heart's content.

Outward Bound
Monday, January 25, at RBC, 2617 Commerce St., Free 
Stefan González curates the Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions each Monday at RBC, and it's one of Dallas' most vital hubs for experimental and noise music. From free jazz to noise rock to one-man bands, Outward Bound's guiding principle is to toss rules out the window. Local music doesn't get more wild or inspired than this. H. Drew Blackburn

CoLab
9 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., Free

At Three Links, CoLab has been tasked with an incredibly daunting weekly expectation — performing an improvisational hip-hop show. The Dallas collective combines funk, soul, R&B and hip-hop to create an unexpected fusion sound with their incredibly talented arsenal of musicians. Above all else though, the quality they pride themselves on most is the “ass-shakin’” effects of their music, which should be all the reason you need to show everyone that them hips don’t lie. Matt Wood

Trivium
7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $16

Good metal is hard to come by these days. For a while, the fallout from the late-'90s rap-rock explosion threatened to forever undo all that is good and metal in the universe. Luckily, new blood continues to flow. Orlando's Trivium unleashes faithful metal epics that channel late-'80s Anthrax and Cliff Burton-era Metallica, like any good Floridian metal outfit should. They may throw in some, dare we say, emo-esque interludes to soften the blow every now and then, but they're never too soft. These dudes didn’t open for Maiden just 'cause their B.C. Rich axes have dangerously sharp edges. Geoff Johnston

Judy Collins
With Wesley Geiger, 8 p.m. Thursday, January 28, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $40-$60

Judy Collins has won accolades for dreamy orchestral renditions of classic folk songs including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance of 1976. Her talent and skill make her recognizable even when the artists who wrote the songs she covers are nearly forgotten. Collins, who has also been known for her left-leaning social activism since the hippie days of the late 1960s, woos audiences with her shining golden voice on songs such as Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.” She also performs her own original material and her current tour is riding on her 2015 release, Strangers Again. A staple of the folk singer-songwriter community, Collins is sure to bring her shimmering, modern style to a beautiful performance at the Granada Thursday. Pablo Arauz

Lupe Fiasco
With the Boy Illinois, Billy Blue, ZVERSE, Tru Def and BARNyartist, 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $25-$500

If you’ve been meaning to see Lupe Fiasco live and in person, you’d better do it while you still can. That’s because this 17-date tour, which swings through Dallas at Gas Monkey Live!, is purported to be his last. The Chicago-based rapper plans on retiring later this year, but not before going out with a bang: Fiasco claims he’ll be releasing no fewer than three full-length albums in 2016. Drogas will be the first, a follow-up to his 2015 release Tetsuo & Youth, and Skulls and Roy will be the second and third, respectively. Will he really quit the game at the young age of 33, or will this be another 2008 stunt? If hints on Yasiin Bey’s (formerly known as Mos Def’s) Instagram account are to be believed, Fiasco might be appearing in Bey’s final studio album, as Bey has also just decided to quit music. Sara Button

KISS
8 p.m. Friday, January 29, at Choctaw Casino, 4216 S. Highway 69, Durant, Oklahoma, 1-800-788-2464 or choctawcasinos.com, Sold out

You drive them wild, they’ll drive you crazy. KISS are an ugly party band and they look even worse without all that makeup on. But love them or hate them, KISS have worked hard for decades to make their fans — dubbed, without exaggeration, the KISS Army — happy, and it has paid off. They filled up a casino out in the middle of nowhere (and built a restaurant in the suburbs), for example. But KISS crowds are also about as inclusive as rock shows get. At these shows, everyone is a KISS fan, and that means everyone likes everyone; nothing else matters. If only Gene Simmons would keep that disgusting tongue in his mouth, but I digress. KISS are sleazy rock for people who were teens in the 1970s. But seeing them live is so important because most fans are just as infatuated with the look and over-the-top presentation of this band as with their music, if not more so. Jeremy Hallock

Lynyrd Skynyrd
9 p.m. Friday, January 29, at WinStar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., $55-85

Technically, Lynyrd Skynyrd hasn't existed since 1977, when Ronnie Van Zant and several other band members died tragically in a plane crash. Nevertheless, Ronnie's younger brother Johnny Van Zant has insisted on keeping the band touring pretty consistently since 1987. Only one of the founding members, guitarist Gary Rossington, is still with the band, and nothing the second-generation version has done could even approach the band's original work, like "Simple Man," "Gimme Three Steps" or "Sweet Home Alabama." As such, there is really no reason to see Lynyrd Skynyrd live for the music — your records at home will sound much better — but there's no better people-watching than at a show like this. Lynyrd Skynyrd appeals to a certain rowdy type of crowd, so you'd better be ready to duck some elbows, drink some beer and maybe if you're lucky, see some boobs. Amy McCarthy

Shooter Jennings
With Richard O'Toole and Justin Pickard, 8 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at Gas Monkey Bar N Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd. E., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $5-$200

Shooter Jennings, unlike his legendary father, hasn’t ever been full-on country. Of course, just like Waylon, Shooter’s ambition and unorthodox styles very much make him an outlaw following in his father’s formidable footsteps. In March, Jennings will release Countach, an EP that will feature the skills of Marilyn Manson, among other not-quite-country artists who certainly fit into the outlaw mold. It’s not the first time Jennings has gotten restless inside the confines of country, and few bands can pull off anything put before them the way his can. Waymore’s Outlaws, as it just so happens, was the band Waylon toured and recorded with when he was busy blazing a trail for his own son. Kelly Dearmore

Europe
8 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $27.50

Europe have forever been cursed with the double-edged sword that is the one-hit wonder. "The Final Countdown" has been immortalized by Gob Bluth, every sports event ever, and even Geico commercials. But, judging by the last example especially, which features the band themselves, they seem more than happy to embrace the notoriety — even if it means 98 percent of people couldn't name another Europe song if their life depended on it. MW

G-Eazy
With A$AP Ferg, 7 p.m. Sunday, January 31, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, Sold out

The West and East Coasts will collide when Internet sensations G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg come together for the sold-out When It’s Dark Out tour. The slick-talking rapper with the slicked-back hair, G-Eazy, will perform cuts from his latest LP, which is currently sitting at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 in its sixth week on the charts. The Bay Area rapper is no stranger to Dallas, having performed here several times over the past few years, but this stop will be his biggest headlining gig to date. Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg will undoubtedly perform new tracks — including his latest single, “New Level,” featuring Future — and maybe more, as rumors are swirling that a new album from the A$AP Mob artist is coming soon. Mikel Galicia


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