Alright y'all, I know you're still basking in a Springsteen glow from March Madness Festival this weekend, but it's a new week with new concert picks. Luckily, we've got some good stuff coming up. From Bad Sports to Jeff Bridges, don't stay cooped up this week. The weather might still be playing hot and cold, but that's Texas springtime for you, so don't let it keep you down.DJ Love and DJ Jay Clipp Tuesday, April 8, at Strangeways
This is the official afterparty for the Dallas International Film Festival world premiere ofWe From Dallas
, a locally produced documentary about the history of the Dallas rap scene. Whether you're able to make it to the sold out screening or not, this is sure to be a lively celebration of Dallas hip hop.
Austin's Pure X play dreamy, droning music that floats by like a polluted cloud. Over the course of three albums, the band has gone from sounding remotely like Sonic Youth to something more akin to '70s soft rock with a slight psychedelic edge. Angel, the band's recently released effort, is by far the prettiest set of songs Pure X have ever created.
It's perhaps a bit too soft, though, as the spiraling dissonance of earlier releases is sadly missed this time around. Onstage, however, Pure X are capable of transforming even the mellowest of tuneful songs into a raging beast of echo and sustain. Fans of Television would do well to check out the atmospheric buzz of Pure X as this foursome continues to expand a genre they have all to themselves. Darryl SmyersYells at Eels Thursday, April 10, at AT&T Performing Arts Center
While the threads of jazz's countless offshoots can be difficult to follow, musical authenticity is something you can smell 100 yards away. Authenticity -- that moral, emotional and universally transmutable element in jazz -- well, Yells at Eels have this in droves. This family trio (father Dennis Gonzalez on trumpet, sons Stefan and Aaron on drums and bass, respectively) display an inexplicable appetite for their craft.
Couple this with the trio's creative and technical skill set, and you have one of the most consistently rewarding live acts in all of DFW. No strain of music is more resistant to explanation and critical authority than jazz; direct experience is the form's only true witness. Which is to say, you need to see Yells at Eels live to experience local jazz at its finest. Jonathan PatrickBad Sports Saturday, April 12, at Double-wide
Denton based punk band Bad Sports don't typically play Dallas too often, so this is one worth marking on your calendar. Local favorites The Longshots, Drug Animal, and Street Arabs are sharing the bill, making this one of the best complete lineups of the week. It might be a good idea to buy your tickets early for this one, just to be on the safe side.VQ
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The Hollywood Walk of Shame is littered with legitimate A-list film types who've brazenly and incoherently stumbled into the highly self-indulgent act of releasing music as a supposedly serious musician. Don Johnson, Bruce Willis and Eddie Murphy gave the 1980s some of the lamest videos and worst music, eliciting laughter still today. In recent years, some thespians have found actual success, even critically, because there's an actual bit of musical talent underneath the more visible acting chops. Jared Leto and even Billy Bob Thornton are each well into recording careers that are far from cringe-worthy.
After his Oscar-winning role as an outlaw country singer, the down-and-out Bad Blake, in 2009's Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges easily slid into the dual role of revered actor and musician. Not only were his vocal contributions to that film's superb soundtrack of high quality, but the 64-year-old's self-titled 2011 album is a solid and earnestly enjoyable set of tunes mixing folk, country and heartland-rock flavors. See and hear for yourself, doubters of Dallas. Listen to Sonny Crockett's "Heartbeat," and then give Bridges' "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do." The Country Singer abides. Kelly Dearmore