Although it may appear that many of your friends are at South by Southwest this weekend, battling crowds and struggling to find solutions to basic things like parking, eating and peeing, there is still much fun to be had on your own turf this weekend. This spring weather is a breeding ground for tour buses, so get out there and catch one of these nine best shows in Dallas.
Snoop Dogg, Ad.D+, Ishi and more Saturday, March 14, Greenville and University. Gates at noon. Music from 12:30 to around 6 p.m. Everyody's got their cups and they've very much chipped in: Our St. Patrick's Day Concert is sold out.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sharon Van Etten Thursday, March 14, at McFarlin Auditorium, $30 While Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new album may have been more shimmer than smash, there is no doubt that the seemingly ageless frontman extraordinaire and his all-star cabal are going to put on something of a show. As the first tour since only other remaining founding member Mick Harvey departed (to be replaced by the excellent Ed Kuepper from Aussie punks The Saints), Cave has reportedly pulled out all the stops, with various places so far reporting children's choirs, string sections, backing singers, and a whole bunch of Cave's terrifying brand of "dance". Whatever the make-up of Cave's entourage turns out to be, you can guarantee he will hold center stage like no other man. As his first (and potentially last) date in Dallas in God knows how long, it's a can't miss. Very few tickets remain. -- Gavin Cleaver
Bad Religion Thursday, March 14, at House of Blues, $25 It was big news when punk warhorses Bad Religion first made the announcement that they were headed out on tour, and making a pit stop in Dallas after the release of their new album, True North. Three out of the four original members will be on the road. We'll see if the 34-year-old group still has stuff to be angry about. -- Rachel Watts
South by So What?! Saturday, March 16, at Quiktrip Park, $35-$79 In an effort to cull DFW's concertgoers who will not be attending South by Southwest in Austin, but still want to see some of the bands playing there, South by So What?! will be throwing its sixth annual festival, featuring more than 40 bands. This year's announced acts include Outasight, Breathe Carolina, Enter Shikari, Attack Attack!, Chelsea Grin, Woe Is Me, Why?, Architects, Issues, Chunki No Captain Chunki, Dayshell, The Medic Droid, Close Your Eyes, Sworn In, Set It Off, Handguns, Hands Like Houses, Fit For a King, Heartist, Buried in Verona, Crossfaith, Adestria, Myka Relocate and From Atlantis. -- Rachel Watts
Dwight Yoakam Saturday, March 16, at Billy Bob's, $20-$50 When most folks discuss "Modern Country Music," they do so by invoking names such as Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift or Eric Church. Such a conversation won't last long when discussing the bodies of work of artists who've only hit radio and commercial gold in the past few years. Expand the time-frame of what is modern, and discuss artists that remain relevant over twenty years after their first record, and the conversation could also be a short one. But it'll have a hell of a lot more substance to it. Dwight Yoakam roared back into the country conversation with last year's superb 3 Pears. With help from indie-icon Beck, among others, Yoakam and his trademark, hillbilly croon go from cowpunk to old-school balladry and to revved-up Bakersfield telecaster-stomping in the span of only a few songs. In this day of artists attempting to sound like someone else versus being themselves, Dwight continues to simply -- and unmistakably -- be Dwight. -- Kelly Dearmore
Local Natives Saturday, March 16, at South Side Music Hall, $20 For L.A. natives Local Natives, following up the runaway success of their debut album Gorilla Manor might have seemed a bit daunting, yet after two years of touring the band retreated to the studio to work with The National's Aaron Dresser on their follow up. This collaboration produced Hummingbird, an album that's not only managed to escape the curse of the sophomore slump, but also has furthered the band's reputation as one of L.A.'s preeminent up and coming act. The album's debut single "Breakers" immediately locks you in on first listen with it's exciting percussion and undeniably catchy hooks, combined with the strength of album opener "You&I" and it quickly becomes apparent why their upcoming show sold out so quickly. This is a band producing music that's going to last and its fan base is excited to be there for the ride. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon
Spillover 2013 Sunday, March 17, at Sandbar Cantina and Grill, $15.91 Formerly known as Bro Fest, Parade of Flesh has changed the name of their sixth annual one-day event to Spillover. Acts include Baring Teeth, The Birds of Night, Lonesome Ghost, Pinkish Black, Black Tusk, Broncho, Jaill, Mondo Generator, Nobunny, The Orwells, Single Mothers, Vietnam, White Mystery, Widowspeak, Zechs Marquise and a "mystery guest." The curiosity alone is enough to make me pay a mere $15.91. -- Rachel Watts
Dirt Nasty, The Weekend Hustler, Dick Codgers Sunday, March 17, at Trees, $16 It's hard not to sing along to the tune of Dirt Nasty's impossibly kitschy track, and even kitschier music video, "1980," from his most well-known 2007 self-titled release. The disgusting goofball-meets-ladies-man, Nasty has had quite the erratic rap career, collaborating with everyone from party boys LMFAO and Mickey Avalon to (more recently) Andy Milonakis. Part of Nasty's appeal is his "love it or leave it" attitude -- necessary for deflecting those who don't find his intentionally asinine rap all too funny or ironic. Better still are his dopey, ostentatious music videos, which are more than half the reason to listen to his music in the first place. If you're not at this show come Sunday, you'll be missing out the beauty that is watching Dirty Nasty's tacky, jumpsuit-clad character hatch into what I can only assume will be a beautiful monarch butterfly. -- Rachel Watts
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Lianne La Havas Sunday, March 17, at House of Blues, $17.50-$20 Lianna La Havas' 2012 release Is Your Love Big Enough? treads some similar waters thematically of the soul and neo-folks artists who have become before her, but you can't deny the freshness in the packaging. A smooth vocal, reminiscent of a cheeky Sade comes across as ajazzy, sleepy if satisfying listen but on further inspection is actually littered with clever lyrics and a few inside jokes. "No Room For Doubt," shows great lyrical potential, and the title track is sure to have a future featured in prominent romantic-comedies roughly two years from now. A great vocalist in a sea of pop novelties and more is more, La Havas is a pleasant reminder that all you really need is a great melody and a memorable delivery. -- Deb Doing Dallas
Alicia Keys, Miguel Sunday, March 17, at Verizon Theater, $35-$120 Alicia Keys will return to Dallas with R&B rookie-of-the-year Miguel. The Set The World On Fire tour will bring the Hells Kitchen's native piano-playing songstress to 24 cities across the country before spring is through. Supporting her new album with high profile appearances on The People's Choice Awards and singing the National Anthem at this year' Super Bowl, Keys has been steadily preparing for her first multi-week American tour since becoming a mother in 2010. Fans can expect a night of her signature soulful-yet-poppy R&B ballads from throughout her long career. Pro tip -- get there early. Miguel's set is not to be missed. -- Vanessa Quilantan