The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 12/8-12/14

Ms. Lauryn Hill is set to play a rescheduled South Side gig after canceling last month
Ms. Lauryn Hill is set to play a rescheduled South Side gig after canceling last month
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Tons of shows to get jiggy with this week. Fleetwood Mac makes lovin' fun at the American Airlines Center. Yung Lean hits Trees, which will be a haven for pale teens in bucket hats. KXT turns five with Brandi Carlile, Tennis and Somebody's Darling at the Verizon Theatre. Ms. Lauryn Hill plans to show you how many mics she can rip on the daily at South Side Ballroom, and Tech N9ne brings the horrorcore to Gas Monkey Live. Plus, of course, a whole lot more.

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In This Moment With Twelve Foot Ninja, Starset, and 3 Pill Morning, 6 p.m., Monday, December 8, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., 214-978-2583, houseofblues.com/dallas, $35

In This Moment brings a little darkness to the City of Angels. The Los Angeles-based metal band's debut album from 2006, Beautiful Tragedy, was an introduction the the band's heavy sound and scored them some opening spots for metal royalty like Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie. Their 2012 album, Blood, climbed to the top of the U.S. hard rock charts. Currently, the band's touring to support Black Widow, which was released in November by way of Atlantic Records. The band's first tour under a major label is sure to appease old fans and gain new ones alike.

H. Drew Blackburn
Young Lean With the Sad Boys, 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $20

Welcome to the age of the Millennial. It's the age in which a frail Swedish teen who waxes poetic about Pokemon and Arizona Ice Tea becomes an Internet, and in turn, an American sensation. Rapping on beat? Literally, nobody needs that shit. This is "based" and lucid rapping. Hear ye, hear ye, Yung Lean and his crew the "Sad Boys" have garnered a following even though Yung Lean's lyrics literally sound like a depressed and lobotomized teen boy freestyling in a Taco Bell parking lot at 3 a.m. Do people really like this? Maybe. But remember, the world is an ironic meme and we're just living in it.

HDB
KXT Turns Five With Brandi Carlile, Tennis, and Somebody's Darling, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, TX, 972-854-5111, http://www.verizontheatre.com, $40

Everybody wish KXT 91.7 a happy birthday, and many more. For the station's fifth birthday they're throwing a show at the Verizon Theatre with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Tennis, and Somebody's Darling playing sets. Brandi Carlile is an alternative country and folk act from Washington state. Her latest album,

Bear Creek

, reached the number one spot of the U.S. Billboard Folk chart. Tennis is an indie pop band whose had the pleasure of collaborating with a founding member of Spoon, Jim Eno. And last but not least, Somebody's Darling, is a roots blues band hailing from Dallas, Tx.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or southsideballroomdallas.com, $64

It goes without saying that Ms. Lauryn Hill is deeply complicated both as an artist and a person. Fortunately, that generally makes for some incredible music. This performance at South Side Ballroom, originally scheduled for last month, was postponed without even an excuse. Still, people are perpetually excited to see Hill in concert, even though she's known for being a little hit-or-miss. There may be no greater testament to her talent than fans being willing to pay money to potentially see an artist play a less-than-stellar show, especially with cancelations having become such a fixture in her career. Quirky personality aside, there is no denying that Ms. Hill is one of the best vocalists of her era, maybe any era, which makes any stop that she makes in Dallas worthy of its ticket price. Assuming that this show does go off without any hitches, expect Hill's always-stunning vocals to be worth the wait. At the very worst, you can guarantee that the performance will be a memorable one.  

Amy McCarthy
Andrea Bocelli 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, at American Airlines Center, 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $78.75-$353.75

Before the Josh Grobans and Michael Bublés of the world, there was Andrea Bocelli. No musician has been more successful in bringing classical singing to the mainstream than Bocelli, who has seven albums to his credit that reached the Billboard Hot 200's Top 10. Bocelli is famous for his soaring tenor timbre and duets with everyone from Celine Dion to Mary J. Blige, but on his own he is one of the world's best living singers despite technical criticisms from stuffy classical fanatics. For those who can appreciate Bocelli as a pop-classical musician, this show at the American Airlines Center will likely be one of Dallas' best vocal performances of the year.

Amy McCarthy

 

RL Grime With Lunice and Branchez, 8 p.m. Friday, December 12, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $20/$40 at the door

Dubstep and trap are some of music's most dynamic genres. The two are constantly evolving and raising the bar for what they can be. RL Grime has only been active for a few years, but in that time he has inserted into the discussion for one of the elite artists blending the two genres togetether. After releasing a string of acclaimed EPs, most notably 2013's High Beams, Grime is now celebrating the recent release of his debut album Void, which was released just last month. Grime's brand of dubstep is a departure from much of the genre's aggressive "wait til you hear the drop" structure, and in Void he's melded it into a softer, slower trap album. This is what has made Grime one of the interesting mainstream producers: by doing something different. With dubstep and trap being as in-demand as ever, Grime's Southside Music Hall show is not to be missed. Catch him here in a relatively intimate setting before you have to wade through an Electric Daisy Carnival to see him.

James Khubiar
Tech N9ne With Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru, 8 p.m. Friday, December 12, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeylive.com, $23-$50

Aaron Yates has been going at it hard since the early '90s. He was given the name Tech N9ne because the speed of bullets flowing out of a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun makes for a great comparison with the pace of his Midwestern rhymes. Selling out shows and selling two million records did not come easy for Tech N9ne, who somehow forged a career out of the Kansas City hip-hop scene, coming out of (and back into) the underground too many times to count. Make no mistake about it: He has worked his ass off for over two decades to get where he is now, releasing 14 studio albums since 1999 and touring relentlessly. Tech N9ne's recordings and live performances have sharpened accordingly and his 15th album, Special Effects, is due next year. This show will find him weeks into a typically grueling tour schedule, but the breakneck pace of the rhymes along with his intense stage presence makes people lose their minds every night.

Jeremy Hallock
Heart Byrne: Talking Heads Tribute 8 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 9 p.m., at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228, $5-$16

You won't see a Talking Heads reunion anytime soon and that's if soon meant never. The Rock and Roll inductee left its stamp on rock throughout the duration of its career, but over the course of time the art school kids soured on one another. Thankfully, before the band dynamic went downhill, they were able to release a few wonderful albums. Remain In Light, 77, and More Songs About Buildings and Food all live on as great records. Talking Heads also helped shape shape the genre of new wave and build the legend and lore around the East Village punk venue, CBGB. the next best thing is to seeing these guys is the great cover band and that's is Heart Byrne.

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Spoonfed Tribe With Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Henry and The Invisibles, Mora Collective, and Groovement, 8 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $12

Fort Worth's Spoonfed Tribe has had the pleasure of playing marquee festivals around the country like Lollapalooza and Wakarusa. It's not for nothing either. Their shows have been lauded all over for being as weird, vibrant, and neon as the band's music. Spoonfed Tribe can be best described as an "experience." This is both through the music and visually as well.

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Fleetwood Mac 6 p.m. Sunday, December 14, American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $45.75-$175.75

"Don't stop thinking about your next paycheck" has been the members of Fleetwood Mac's mantra since the band reunited in 1997. While it would be easy to slag on the group for it, they gave us some of the best songs ever made during their heyday in the 1970s. They also have given us some of the funniest throwaway jokes in pop culture history. Yeah, Fleetwood Mac made awesome music, but the random Lindsey Buckingham jokes from Saturday Night Live's "What's Up With That" skit is what I think about when I hear the band's name. Hell, listening to "Gypsy" sends me into a fit of laughter because I can's help but think of "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Round-Up." And maybe that says more about the band's legend than just their music can: Fleetwood Mac is a pop culture phenomenon. Everyone knows them, they're referenced by musicians and comedian alike, and not many can say they have such a reach. So, I'm looking forward to Sunday's show, but not quite as much as I'm looking forward to going as Stevie Nicks next Halloween.

Jaime-Paul Falcon

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