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The 10 Best Dallas Concerts This Week, 7/7 - 7/13

Erykah Badu may find a long line of TV reporters looking for kisses this weekend
Erykah Badu may find a long line of TV reporters looking for kisses this weekend
Mike Brooks

Sometimes the only thing that's worse than a Monday is the Monday after a three-day weekend. Honestly, what does anyone have to look forward to now? Aside from, you know, some real summer heat finally starting to creep in.

Fortunately the start of any new week in Dallas also means another new week of great shows to enjoy. This week's especially heavy on the classics with expected performances from Dallas' own Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie, Queen, and everyone's long-tongued, face-painted favorites (you can keep the face paint on, guys), KISS.

George Tandy Jr. 8pm, Tuesday, July 8 at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St, 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $11 Based in Virginia, George Tandy Jr. is a singer-songwriter with a sound heavily drawn from R&B and soul classics. He released his debut single "March" last year to acclaimed reviews, and has since made appearances on BET, and the Essence Music Festival. Michelle Ofiwe

Curren$y 7pm, Tuesday, July 8 at Trees, 2709 Elm Street, treesdallas.com, $21-­71 After years spent under the wings of Master P and the 504 Boyz, New Orleans rapper Curren$y got his first break on the backs of Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II, a series of albums released in 2010 with a slew of top-­notch rap collaborators from Snoop Dogg to B.I.G. KRIT. The rapper's brand has since spread to record labels and live features, but but the same cut­throat, sarcastically inclined social commentary remains the center-piece of Curren$y's success. With seven releases in the last four years, it's clear he has no intentions of giving up the music game ­­ and with a new album on the way, only time will tell what he'll do with it. MO

Queen + Adam Lambert 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, americanairlinescenter.com, $35-­125 Let's be very clear here: the last Queen show was performed 28 years ago at Knebworth House in England. It was the last show because that was the last time band leader, vocalist and rock icon Freddie Mercury shared a stage with band mates Roger Taylor and Brian May. Since then Taylor and May have occasionally played Queen's music live with replacement singers who range from Elton John and Paul Rodgers to, well, Wyclef John. This isn't a bad thing; musicians have the right to play their music, no matter if they lost an integral part of it. This is why the teaming of Queen with American Idol standout Adam Lambert has been met with little skepticism. Lambert is an exciting artist, May and Taylor are legends and people love Queen's songs. No one denies this. So when the nostalgia tour roles through the AAC on Thursday try to enjoy yourself. You won't have any other opportunity to see these songs live. Jaime-­Paul Falcon

Everclear Friday, July 11, at South Side Ballroom Art Alexakis is a zombie. You cannot kill him or his band, Everclear. Over two decades in, despite experiencing many highs (Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow) and lows (Slow Motion Daydream) and a list of lineup changes that is longer than Stacy Keibler's legs, the Everclear train is still chugging on. And while Alexakis ­­ the only original member left ­­ continues to churn out alternative albums and create polarizing and misunderstood video characters (Hater Jesus from "Hater" being the best example), Everclear's bread-­and-­butter will always be playing their early material. "Electra Made Me Blind" is still one of their most underrated, blistering rockers, and the alternative music lexicon will always love their more alterna-­pop-­oriented hits like "Everything to Everyone" and "Wonderful." But they were at their best when they were cranking out balls-­out rockers like "Heroin Girl" and "When it all goes Wrong Again," so it's a good thing they still play some of those. Brian Palmer

Lionel Richie Friday, July 11, at Gexa Energy Pavilion While best known for the pedestrian soft rock that has defined his lengthy career as a solo artist, Lionel Richie made his very best music way back in the '70s as a member of the Commodores. Ballads such as "Easy," "Sail On" and "Three Times a Lady" as well as the masterful funk of "Brick House" helped the band cross over into the rock and pop markets. Since leaving the Commodores in 1982, Richie has made some massively successful music by basically making every safe choice imaginable. He is now more of an entertainer than a singer and his shows have become the equivalent of a slick and glossy Las Vegas production. Of course, the collection of forty­, fifty­ and sixty­-somethings in attendance will eat it up, as Richie's easy digestible confections are the perfect mid-summer snacks. Darryl Smyers

 

Erykah Badu Saturday, July 12 at Winstar World Casino Dallas' favorite artist­-slash-­activist­-slash­-attention­-grabber, Erykah Badu is a performer who commands immediate reaction. Whether she does so through her remarkable, though infrequently added-­to catalog, heated feuds with other enigmatic personalities or by stopping traffic with a bit of public nudity (the video for "Window Seat" wasn't filmed in-­front of a green screen, just FYI), Badu is electrifying. She's expertly morphed into a multifaceted performance artist of great substance, even while adding to her celebrity with some innocent silliness. Indeed, it was none other than a mischieviously grinning Badu who, while in New York City last weekend to perform with Dave Chappelle and Public Enemy, toyed with a reporter on the sidewalk and tried to smooch him in front of a live camera. Such a clip wouldn't be so notable if it weren't for the fact Badu is rightfully just as big of a deal around the country as she is right here. Kelly Dearmore

New Edition 7:30pm, Saturday, July 12 at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $84-140 Long before One Direction or Mindless Behavior earned the screams of a thousand fangirls, New Edition roamed the earth as the first true-blue boy band, complete with sugary sweet love songs ("Candy Girl," "With You All the Way") and the personalities to match. For a while, it seemed like the reign of Ricky, Michael, Bobby, Ronnie, and Ralph would never end: with worldwide tours, chart-topping hits, and an endless slew of New Edition merchandise, the quintet's popularity spiked like never before in the mid-1980s. After Bobby (Brown)'s eventual departure in 1986, internal bickering and financial issues eventually did the group later in 1998. Thankfully, we did get some great parting gifts: the now-infamous Bell Biv DeVoe (comprised of Ricky, Michael, and Ron) went on to rule the 1990s, and so did a newly-controversial Brown with hit records like "Prerogative." The group's since tried to orchestrate a reunion many times with varying degrees of success, so here's hoping a 2014 run sticks. MO

The Polyphonic Spree Saturday, July 12 at Club Dada The Polyphonic Spree, the massive, Tim Laughter-­led collective that's gone from whimsical oddity to legitimate international draw, has never been a predictable one. Sure, the arc spanning the group's almost 15 years together can be broadly viewed as "sunny" or "uplifting," especially after a few spins of their latest album, 2013's Yes, It's True. But such generalities miss the mark on the Spree's real strength: diversity. The psychedelic-­leaning group's themes have grown varied and at times dark as the years have rolled on, while the arsenal of instruments is staggering. (Hello, French horn!) And, lest we forget, the white choir robes of their origin were replaced by oddly colored ones, only to soon be replaced by bleak militaristic garb for a time. Locally-­based rock artists, roots players, avant­garde purveyors and much more have made up the history of the Polyphonic Spree, which has certainly become as colorful and storied as any tale in Dallas music. KD

Holly Williams With Carrie Rodriguez, Sunday, July 13 at The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St, 214-272-8436 or thekessler.org, $17.50-25 As the granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., Holly Williams' connection with country music comes as no surprise. It also makes sense that the young Williams was soon writing and performing country hits at the tender age of 17 before quickly signing her way onto international tours with names like Billy Bob Thornton, Jewel and Keith Urban. Williams has been delivering hits ever since, partnering up with some of the biggest names in rock and country music to release a slew of projects, including her recent release, 2013's The Highway. MO

KISS Sunday, July 13 at Gexa Writing a promo about KISS is kind of the same thing as writing a promo for McDonald's; besides the fact that every good joke about both has probably already been made by Chuck Klosterman or Jim Gaffigan, you are either familiar with the brand or you aren't. KISS is a Big Mac, in other words; you've probably tried them, and they either enriched your life in a way that's sort of difficult to understand or they gave you diarrhea. What's far more interesting than thinking up jokes about KISS is a hilariously compelling factoid like knowing that, in 1980, Lynda Carter, riding higher in the public eye than Wonder Woman's spangled briefs, performed a cover of "I Was Made for Lovin' You" for her second (!) TV special, Encore! If you were of TV-­watching age in the early '80s, this will strike you as one of the most quintessentially early '80s television moments imaginable. If you weren't, then you probably don't give a shit about KISS anyway. Steve Steward

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