The hottest ticket this week is of course Halloween. There's gonna be a shit ton of Halloween stuff for you to do this week and we know you started last week. Just couldn't resist. So of course our music picks for this week include a few Halloween-based ones as well as the usual civilian ones. Double Wide is dedicating three straight days to the holiday and on the other side of the spectrum the coolest band in rock, the Arctic Monkeys, head to Grand Prairie. Here's a list of the best shows for you this week.
Drake is the best rap blogger in the world. The list of artists that he discovered while they were toiling around and killing it in the minors and the ones he recruited as diamonds in the rough is expansive. That list includes: Future, Migos, the Weeknd and most recently Makonnen, Young Thug and Dej Loaf. But, perhaps the biggest talent is PARTYNEXTDOOR. Two projects in and he's already solidified himself at the forefront of a legion of artists that further obfuscate and blur the lines of hip-hop and R&B. He's quite similar to some of the aforementioned names, but he's not as crass as The Weeknd, or as much of an oddball as Young Thug and Makonnen, or a goon like Future. What PARTYNEXTDOOR brings to the table is a perfect mix of debauchery and earnestness. That's probably what makes him the most interesting R&B artist out right now.H. Drew BlackburnMelvins With Le Bucherettes 7p.m. Tuesday, October 28, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 2147411122 or treesdallas.com, $15-$18
Calling the Melvins a heavy metal band is a disservice to both the band and the genre. The colossal, droning, earsplitting sludge of doom produced by Buzz Osborne and crew is often referred to as heavy metal simply by default. The Melvins are also a lot weirder and quite a bit more intense than most metal bands. But it's their goofiness that certainly sets the band a part from just about everyone else. Add in the fact that these guys have been killing their eardrums for over three decades and you have what most would call a legendary band, metal or otherwise.Darryl SmyersArctic Monkeys With Mini Mansions, 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, at the Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 9728545111 or verizontheatre.com $40-$60
When Miley Cyrus covers your song, it might be an indication that you've strayed a little too far from the snarky, British indie rock darling you once were. That may well be in the case of Arctics Monkeys, but Alex Turner and co. have been riding a wave of ridiculous success in a mainstream capacity after bubbling at the surface of the indie rock world for more than 10 years. Their band's latest release, 2013's AM, has had mountains of praise heaped onto it, which is strange, considering that it might be one of their weakest albums overall. But still, a weak Arctic Monkeys album is akin to mediocre pizza: it's still pretty damn good. Keep an eye on the band's monstrous drummer, Matt Helders, as he tears through the drum tracks in a flurry on "View From the Afternoon" and "Pretty Visitors." For long-time Arctic Monkeys fans, you should bear in mind that with five albums out, it'll be harder to catch those deep cuts as they'll more likely focus on AM. But even if their latest release doesn't quite live up to their previous ones, tonight should be a ruckus (yeah), regardless of what's come before.Matt WoodThe Revivalists With The London Souls and Naughty Professor 7 p.m., Thursday, October 30, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $19-$30
The Revivalists are an amalgam of a few different sounds. The New Orleans-based seven piece combines influences and characteristics from their Big Easy roots (there's a saxophonist and a trumpeter) and contemporary indie rock. That combination fosters a unique sound that's both soulful and gloomy. Their music sounds at once eerie yet comfortable. It's not at all a deliberate choice; they just play the songs they feel like playing. And that's at the true heart of soul, ain't it?HDBSlipknot: The Prepare For Hell Tour With Korn and King 810 7 p.m., Friday, October 31, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 2144211111 or livenation.com. $15-85
Halloween is a night of traditions - trick or treating, pranks and letting our inner ghoul out for one night. Dallas, Texas has a tradition of its own as one of the premier metal destinations in the U.S.A. On Halloween Eve, Gexa Energy Pavilion welcomes two of the biggest names in modern metal history in the form of KoRn and Slipknot, who are currently touring together on their Prepare For Hell tour. Bakersfield's KoRn needs little introduction. Active since 1993, the band is responsible for making the nu metal genre a global phenomenon. KoRn has a lot to smile about these days both with the release of their most recent album, The Paradigm Shift, and the return of founding member Brian "Head" Welch to the band. Des Moines's Slipknot is smiling about a new album of their own in, .5: The Gray Chapter, an album named after fallen bass player Paul Gray. On the album the band has taken Gray's loss to heart displaying a new-found anger and ferocity that is sure to surface during their performance at Gexa.James KhubiarLarry G(EE) Quaker City Night Hawks and Taddy Porter, Friday, 7 p.m., October 31, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $15-$50
If you're planning on catching a Halloween show and maybe don't want to go see Slipknot and KoRn scare the absolute shit out of you, this is probably your best bet. Larry G(EE) is one of the most promising funk acts in the city and his live shows are full of energy with a backing band that's as soulful as a true Texas Thanksgiving dinner. Quaker City Night Hawks and Taddy Porter open, both of which are a throwback to the days when tough vocals, a blues influence and thunderous guitars ruled rock 'n' roll. Spend your Halloween in an evening of retro-centric tunes; it should be more than worth it.HDBHalloween Spooktacular Day 2 w/ Wizards of Gore (Rigor Mortis), Cleric, Tolar, Steel Bearing Hand, at Double Wide, 9 p.m., $5. Goriest Costume Contest at 1 a.m. $500 cash prize
Double Wide is throwing a three-day Halloween Spooktacular deal this weekend. On Thursday, Purple Wizard, Party Static and iill plays shows with a costume contest that can earn you a $50 gift card. On Devil's Night, Wizards of Gore (members of Rigor Mortis), Cleric, Tolar and Steel Bearing Hand play sets with a $500 cash prize costume contest. And Saturday, Elvis: The Experience and Hotrod Hillbillies throw down retro rockabilly with another $500 prize winning dead celebrity costume contest. You can pretty much just pitch a tent outside of Double Wide and spend your whole weekend there. Actually, best to take that up with management first.HDBSon of Stan With Catamaran, -topic, 8 p.m, at Club Dada, 2720, Elm St. Dallas, TX, 214-742-3400, http://www.dadadallas.com, $8-$10
Parade of Flesh put together one of the most diverse bills you've seen or will probably see in a while here. This Halloween Saturday at Dada you can catch '80s pop revivalist Son of Stan as the headliner, Dallas' resident conscious rap talent, -topic, and sunny psychedelic indie rockers Catamaran opening. A costume contest is also on the agenda, so dress like an insanely creative weirdo and catch some tunes good enough for anyone's palette.HDBYelawolf with Rittz, Big Henry, and DJ Klever 7 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., treesdallas.com, $25
I'm afraid I've got some bad news: Yelawolf is not Riff-Raff. So for those of you who get overly tattooed Southern white rappers confused, you're out of luck if you think you're going to get some of the patented Jody Highroller antics. Nope, instead of James Franco's alter-ego you're getting the guy who got a record deal by appearing on Missy Elliott's reality show, then getting dropped and then picked up by Eminem's vanity label. You can say this for the guy: Despite the copious tattoos, the whole "white rapper" thing and having slipped into a horrorcore cadence on occasion, he has managed to avoid getting lumped in with the denizens that surround the Insane Clown Posse's crowd. So what if he's not Riff-Raff? There's a reason he keeps getting signed and putting out records. It's just that that reason sort of escapes me.Jaime-Paul FalconMatisyahu With Radical Something, 8 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $30-$50
Matisyahu ("gift of God" in Yiddish) is probably the most recognizable name in reggae that isn't Marley. Part of the reason for this is the fact that he's an anomaly. First off, you don't have many Jewish men that love reggae so much that they seek out a career in it. Matisyahu's instantly noticeable beard was once a sign of his Orthodox Jewish faith. He was seen as an inspiration to people of his ilk, who aren't normally visible as celebrities. The beard has since been shaved and it looks like he's inching his way into being less of an anomaly, but he's still one of the largest marquee names in reggae and a true gift to the genre.HDB
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Jack Antonoff is a busy man. He's the lead guitarist in fun., who catapulted into fame with the release of their latest record Some Nights, which had a No. 1 single in "We Are Young." After fun.'s successful run in 2011 and 2012, Antonoff headed up his own project, Bleachers, where he serves as the lead singer and guitarist. Bleachers isn't too far off from fun.'s sound, though they ditch the hip-hop influence for a full-on assault of pop rock, music that's tailor made for Prius commercials.HDB