The 20 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, March 6-9

Childish Gambino sold out South Side Ballroom a while ago.
Childish Gambino sold out South Side Ballroom a while ago.

Don't even talk to me right now, Dallas. Twenty notable concerts in the next four days? We don't have time for your problems, you need to figure out how to be at Childish Gambino and Bobby Patterson's birthday party at the same time. Oh, you didn't get a ticket to the Conan tapings? Cry me a river. You should be worried about choosing between Oil Boom and Street Arabs this Saturday. The SXSW RSVP you wanted is already closed? Who cares? There are six off-shoot festivals here this weekend. SIX. You've got a whole week before you get to Austin, and I'm going to need y'all to focus.

Clint Black Thursday, March 6 at Majestic Theatre

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will support this Texas country music legend on stage at the Majestic Theatre tonight. After 30 years in the game, Clint Black shows no sign of slowing down.

Remain In Light: A Tribute to Talking Heads Thursday, March 6, at Dan's Silverleaf

Various session musicians from Dallas, Denton and Los Angeles come together tonight at Dan's to pay tribute to one of the great American new wave albums of the 20th century. While

Remain In Light

was one of Talking Heads' most commercially disappointing albums, it will widely be remembered as one of their most beloved works.

Ice Balloons Thursday, March 6, Dada

It's kind of fuzzy, it's kind of droney, kind of trippy, and the lead singer is only ever seen performing in a knitted fly mask, which makes him look like some sort of insect/human hybrid. All this and more has made Ice Balloons one of the most buzzed about bands of bands of the last year. They've been collaborating a lot with TV on The Radio's Kyp Malone, who will join them at Dada on Thursday.

Kevin Seconds Thursday, March 6, Three Links

Kevin Seconds is front man for the seminal 80's hardcore band 7 Seconds. This week, he brings his acoustic singer-songwriter solo material to Three Links in support of his new album,

Off Stockton


Childish Gambino Friday, March 7, at South Side Music Hall

In December, Childish Gambino released one of the most talked-about albums in independent rap music.

Because The Internet

got people interested for a variety of reasons. From content, to production, to featured artists, there are plenty of reasons to give it a listen. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Childish Gambino (whom you may also know as Donald Glover, one of the stars of NBC's


), is the raw and unmitigated honesty in his lyrics. Presale tickets have already sold out, which is a testament in itself to the rapper's quickly growing fan base.



The Orange Friday, March 7, at Curtain ClubTHRWD

Magazine is behind this well-curated local lineup, which includes Party Static, Cutter, Slumber Buz and The Pillars. Alternative psych-rockers The Orange will headline the multi-genre bill.

The Relatives Friday, March 7, at The Kessler Theater

Soul and gospel crooners The Relatives are a Dallas treasure. Known for their high-spirited and roaring good time of a live show, they have been well-known local favorites for years. This Friday, they celebrate the 70th birthday of another Dallas music veteran, Bobby Patterson.

Booty Fade Friday, March 7, at The Travis Disco

Since their official formation last year, Booty Fade have become the dynamic duo of Dallas club music. This weekend, they celebrate the debut of their self-titled EP in the main room of The Travis Disco. Read more about the collaborative effort of PicnicTyme and DJ Sober in

this week's print edition


Mad World Records 3 Year Anniversary Friday, March 7-Saturday, March 8, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton

It's hard to believe it's been three years since Denton's Mad World Records opened on the town square. The college town's favorite record shop carries new, used and local stock for Denton resident's crate-digging pleasure. In a two-day anniversary celebration at Rubber Gloves, they'll host performances from The Baptist Generals, Brent Best, Bad Design, Radioactivity, Dim Locator and more.

Three Links 1 Year Anniversary Friday, March 7-Saturday, March 8, at Three Links

One of Deep Ellum's best new venues is celebrating an anniversary this week as well. Commemorate Three Link's first birthday with two days of performances from some of the city's best punk- and hardcore-leaning talent. Lineups include The Phuss, Pinata Protest, Svetlanas, Sealion and many more.

Oil Boom Saturday, March 8, at Kessler Theater

Oil Boom, Calhoun and The Orbans will bring some of that Fort Worth rock 'n' roll flair to North Oak Cliff this Saturday. All three bands are in regular rotation on KKXT-FM 91.7, and their sizable fan bases are expected to pack the house for this one.



Hunee Saturday, March 8, at Circuit12 Contemporary

Resident Advisor, the global dance music publication, will stop through Dallas this Saturday on their way to SXSW to present German DJ, Hunee. Local support from TX Connect and Mr. Daishiki Jones will round out the evening, and it's safe to say that anyone in this city who gives a damn about DJ culture will be in the building for this one.

Indie Rock Latin America Showcase Saturday, March 8, at Sandaga 813

The Latin music scene is alive and thriving in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This weekend's showcase at Sandaga 813 features 2013

Dallas Observer

Music Award nominees MAYTA, SuperSonic Lips and Dustin Cavazos.

Street Arabs' Bruised Fruit Album Release Show Saturday, March 8, at The Crown and Harp

In case you missed it, Dallas punk outfit Street Arabs dropped a new album this week, and it's pretty damn good. Celebrate with them this weekend at The Crown and Harp, and pick up a copy for yourself.

One Fest Friday, March 7-Saturday, March 8, at Sons Of Hermann Hall

This inaugural metal and hardcore fest will be at Deep Ellum's Sons of Hermann this weekend. Bring your earplugs, because two days of sets from Primitive Man, Steel Bearing Hand, Tolar and Modern Pain might have you hearing a little less clearly on Monday.

Untapped Festival: Fort Worth Saturday, March 8, at Panther Island Pavillion

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Magazine are expanding their beer and music festival to multiple cities throughout the South. This weekend, they kick off festival season with their annual Fort Worth outing. National acts The Joy Formidable, Allen Stone, Lucius, and People Under The Stairs will round out a nice and eclectic sampling of local artists. Don't forget your designated driver!

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Sunday, March 9, at Granada Theater

You have to wonder how many more times we'll get to see Stephen Malkmus play live. The indie demigod has been drawing lo-fi pop tunes up from the well for more than 20 years now. That's no small feat. And it can't go on forever. Currently on the road with his backing band the Jicks, Malkmus is touring behind his latest LP, Wig Out at Jagbag, released early this year. For fans of Pavement, this is good news. Wig Out is a decided departure from the prog forays and comparatively more colorful textures that Malkmus has explored throughout his solo career. In this way, it's a return to form, a return to the stripped-down slacker ballads that made Malkmus the envy of every quirky college dropout in the '90s. Whether you're in it for a nostalgia trip, or you just follow Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks closely, The Granada is the place to find yourself on Sunday. Because, who knows, this could be the last chance you'll get.

Jonathan Patrick
Bun B Sunday, March 9, at Trees

Houston's Bun B is a founding member of duo UGK and purveyor of all that is good and trill. He's currently on a national tour with Kirko Bangz of "Drank In My Cup" fame, and before they hit SXSW for Bun's birthday, they'll stop by Trees on Sunday.

PBR-BQ2 Sunday, March 9 at Dada

This Sunday, Dada hosts their second Pabst Blue Ribbon-sponsored North Texas country music cookout. Boys Named Sue will headline a bill that includes The O's, The King Bucks and Rodney Parker & the 50 Peso Reward. PBR-BQ2 have a barbecue smoker on site, and boasts one of the better curated Dallas alt-country lineups we've seen in awhile.

HOMETOWNESFEST: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt Sunday, March 9, at The Grotto

An all-star lineup of Fort Worth musicians will come together on Sunday to pay tribute to a celebrated American songwriter in his own hometown. In lieu of a $10 cover charge, you can bring a bag of pet food for free admission, benefiting Don't Forget to Feed Me.


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