The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 12/22-12/28

Skrillex makes the dubstep.
Skrillex makes the dubstep.
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Happy holidays from DC9. The Christmas is this week, but if you don't celebrate the holiday, that's chill. We wish you well. There's a lull in shows this week and you can thank Jesus and Santa for that mess, but lull doesn't mean nothing. There's still plenty of activities with music. The EDM festival Lights All Night is bringing about a bajillion knob twiddlers into town to facilitate the soundtrack to teens doing Molly. Punk rock troupe Hagfish stops by Three Links. The bluesy band from Austin, Shakey Graves, performs at The Kessler. Also, Chaka Khan and The Temptations, the legends they are do the casino gig in Oklahoma. Your picks:

Paul Slavens and Fiends 8 p.m., Monday, December 22, at Dan's Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201,, Free

Paul Slavens is a local legend. He was the frontman of the late 80s and early 90s outfit, Ten Hands. He's a renowned radio host at KXT 91.7 FM as well. He also does this kooky little thing at Dan's Silver Leaf in Denton every Monday. He takes song title suggestions from people and makes up a song right there. It's like a freestyle. Whatever you do, don't be the dick that tries to make him rhyme orange.

H. Drew Blackburn
The Holiday Experience: A Jazzy Christmas Celebration with John Holiday 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St.,, $22-$250

Listen folks: Christmas music is not bad. It can get grating in spots and an overabundance can have the same physical effects of a bar crawl on your 21st (22nd, 23rd, 24th, ad infinitum) birthday. However, it isn't bad, it's quite joyous and beautiful. So, tonight you can join John Holiday, Tatiana Mayfield, S-Ankh Rasa, Shelley Carrol, Neeki Bey, Kristin Yost and David Marquis on this O' holy night for some opera styled Christmas music. Happy Holidays.

RC and the Gritz 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 24, at Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., 214-742-3667, $10

Every week, RC & the Gritz hit the Prophet Bar for a jazz tinged jam session that daps, pounds, and nods to hip-hop, r&b, and funk. The band makes it look so effortless and easy every time, just as a pro should. But, it's no wonder they're so great, they're Erykah Badu's band and you know she would only accept the very best. Also, on the docket, the hottest r&b open mic night in all of Dallas.

Hagfish With The American Fuse, Stymie, 9 p.m., Thursday, December 25, 7 p.m., at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228, $10-$15

A hagfish is a particularly gross and slimy eel. Why somebody would want to name their band after that, I haven't a clue. Hagfish was a popular punk rock band in the Dallas scene in the 1990s and released three albums during their run. The band's final album, Hagfish, was released in 1998. Thankfully, they reunite for shows on at least a semi-frequent basis. Though the members have branched off to collaborate with and form other bands, Hagfish seems to always live on in a live setting, and this time at Three Links.

Shakey Graves with David Ramirez, 7 p.m., Friday, December 26, at at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St.,, Sold Out

Alejandro Rose-Garcia has had the pleasure of being murdered by Mickey Rourke in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, popping up in a Lifetime movie and landing a role in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Basically, he's been in a bunch of shitty films. However, he did play TheSwede in Friday Night Lights and most importantly is a blues folk singer from Austin, Texas. His latest album And the War Came was released earlier this year and was met with plenty of praise thanks to its lo-fi, pop-addled folk beauty.



Lights All Night With Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Disclosure and more, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27, at Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St.,, $84.99-$224.99

Austin can keep all of its fests. In Texas, Dallas is the home of the state's premier EDM event: the annual Lights All Night festival. Lights All Night, celebrating its fifth year, has not lost any pace in their goal to bring the world's best in EDM to Dallas. It is also the fest's second year occupying the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas. The 2014 edition, taking place December 26 to 27, is no different than years past. The fest's first night is headlined by global sensation Skrillex while featuring the likes of Zedd, Boys Noize and DJ Mustard. The second night is nothing to laugh at either. It's headlined by trance icon Armin Van Buuren while also featuring a DJ set by Disclosure and performances by Zed's Dead and the Chainsmokers. This is all in addition to dozens of other established and up-and-coming EDM acts. If you have any kind of interest in EDM whatsoever, then Lights All Night is the perfect place to dance your way into the new year.

James Khubiar
Somebody's Darling With Dead Flowers, Goodnight Ned, Van Sanchez, 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $12

How could Dallas be Dallas without some top-notch Americana? It's inconceivable, really. Somebody's Darling falls along those lines with their rootsy blues sound. Adult Roommates, the band's latest album, was produced with the help of Matt Pence (drummer for Centro-Matic) and Beau Bedford (formerly of Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights and producer for Larry g(EE)). The culmination is an excise use of lead singer Amber Farris' strong voice and a masterful take on old-time Southern rock 'n' roll.

Chaka Khan and The Temptations 7 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at Choctaw Event Center, 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, Oklahoma, 888-652-4628 or, $46-$67

Chaka Khan got her start in the 70s funk band Rufus. The band's released some song's you're probably highly familiar with, such as "Tell Me Something Good," "Sweet Thing" and "Ain't Nobody." Towards the end of the band's run she went solo and started etching her name in the stone of legendary vocalists, namely with songs like "I'm Every Woman" and "Through the Fire." The Temptations, meanwhile, are pioneers of the Motown soul era having released a handful of standards in the genre like "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" back in the label's '60s heyday. You can see them both at Choctaw in one of those situations where you deeply ponder who the hell is going to open for who.

Hayes Carll With Band of Heathens and Ronnie Fauss, 7 p.m. Sunday, December 28 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, $25

At one time, Hayes Carll was poised to be the biggest thing in country music since, well, anyone. 2011 was a strong year for Carll, fresh off a (likely) lucrative gig writing songs for the terrible Gwyneth Paltrow movie Country Strong. Paltrow aside, Carll is still a talented songwriter and performer with a strong Americana sound. In 2014, Carll wrote the great "Chances Are" for LeAnn Womack, a soulful and retrospective track that has graced many a publication's "Best of 2014" list. Carll's performance at Granada Theater just three days after Christmas will be heavy on soulful renditions of self-described "degenerate" love songs. If you're tired of all the bitching we've done this year about bro-country, finish 2014 off by supporting better music. Go see Hayes Carll do his thing.

Amy McCarthy

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