The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 2/8-2/15

The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 2/8-2/15
Jennifer Brandon Elliott

Shout out to former North Texas musicians St. Vincent, Lecrae and Pentatonix for winning Grammy Awards last night. That's awesome and a major accomplishment. It's the second best thing about the show if we're honest, the first of course was Kanye West running up on stage when Beck beat Beyonce for Album of the Year. Anywho, there are a ton of shows to check out during this lovely heat wave. There's Bass Drum of Death at Club Dada, Bob Seger at the American Airlines Center, and Sarah Jaffe at Trees, among many others.

See also: Sarah Jaffe Found Her Muse Through Collaboration on Don't Disconnect The 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners

Enabler With Call of the Void, Cleric, Heretic, 8 p.m., Monday, February 9, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $10

Lest you were curious about Enabler's worldview, the answer lies in their band bio: "The world is fucked and this is the soundtrack to it's demise." This isn't a particularly optimistic outlook on things, by any means. Enabler hails from Ohio, so it might be understandable, the whole pessimistic outlook. (Did someone say "rust belt?") Fans of punk and metal should be happy to hear that the band channels that frustration and aggression into their music.

H. Drew Blackburn
Bass Drum of Death With War Party and LOAFERS, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $10

The feral hair and raspy vocals otherwise known as John Barrett is coming for you, Dallas. This lord of lo-fi had his band's name coined from originally performing as a solo act, where he played guitar, screamed and stomped on a bass drum simultaneously. Even singularly, he was an agent of a righteous garage-rock fury. But outfitted with an entire band, the shows are downright volcanic. You wouldn't think it, but last year's Rip This was probably Bass Drum of Death's cleanest effort, sound-wise. It feels less like Ty Segall and more like the Black Lips -- less howling, more hooks. Slower tracks and clearer vocals make it more prone to being sung along to than moshed to. But be warned: When you hear the opening drums to "Nerve Jamming," you best be getting to the bar if you're not prepared for the pulverizing mosh pit.

Matt Wood
Lloyd Cole 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $18-$27

Lloyd Cole is mostly know for his notable run with his band the Commotions. They stacked up a string of singles and albums that were a constant on the U.K. charts from 1984 to 1989, establishing them as a precursor to the Britpop craze that soon followed. Cole then launched a solo career following the break up of the Commotions. Over the past 20 years, he has enjoyed a fruitful solo career exploring everything from Marc Bolan covers to folk music to unexpected journeys into vinstrumental electronic krautrock with his 2001 album Plastic Wood. That album lead to a collaboration with krautrock legend and Cluster/Harmonia member Hans-Roachim Roedelius for the 2013 Selected Studies Volume 1, an album that has far more in common with Brian Eno's classic ambient albums than the wordy songsmithing he is normally know for. Cole was joined by a rhythm section of Fred Maher and Matthew Sweet for his latest album, Standards, which showed Cole aging gracefully and refining his already distinct storytelling that has made him something of a sacred cow amongst the most diehard anglophiles. Cole's visit to The Kessler Theater makes for a rare Dallas appearance.

Wanz Dover
Bob Seger 7:30 pm, Thursday, February 12, at the American Airlines Center, $58.50 - $98.50

Bob Seger is 69 years old, and I swear it feels like he plays Dallas twice a year on an endless tour. He's the Joe Paterno of musicians: If he stops playing, we might lose him. Which is funny, because he peaked in 1976 with a song about being a teenager two decades earlier; you would think everyone who liked "Night Moves" would have seen Seger & the Silver Bullet band sometime over the last three decades. But here we are in 2015 and Seger is playing the American Airlines Center, because for some reason he can fill stadiums, because hell, I don't know. Maybe 50 somethings can't afford to see the Eagles when they come through town, so they double down on the next best thing.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Sarah Jaffe With Blue, The Misfit and Sam Lao, 7 p.m. Friday, February 13, at Trees, 2709 Elm St.,, $23

Even though Sarah Jaffe is no longer considered just a "local," she's still frequently found on stage in the music scene where she first honed her talents. From the release of 2010's

Suburban Nature

to last year's

Don't Disconnect

, fans have watched Jaffe evolve from a soft-spoken "girl with a guitar" into a confident and commanding pop artist. Now that she's moved on to bigger and better things, like releasing critically-acclaimed pop albums and recording vocals for Eminem, Jaffe will always be one of Dallas' favorite artists. At Trees on Friday, Jaffe tops an impressive bill of local artists, including Blue, the Misfit and Sam Lao. One could say that this performance is a symbolic "passing of the torch" in the Dallas music scene with Jaffe as the "elder stateswoman," especially as Lao and Blue's careers continue to heat up.

Amy McCarthy


Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons 9:00 p.m. Friday, Febuary 13, At WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, OK, 1-800-745-3000,, $30-$50

Frankie Valli is 80 years old. How he's still going on tour is beyond me. But, luckily he has more experience as a musician than computers have been commercially available. That's a pretty exceptional feat. Also worth note is that the Vocal Hall of Fame recognizes Frankie Valli and the four seasons as the most popular rock band before the Beatles. The Seasons have changed since those days, but Valli still shines as the bandleader. This is a sure bet.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) With Deakin, Geologist, Avey Tare, 8 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm Street,, $15-$17

This is an odd one, but also a fun one. Rhapsodic psych-pop act Animal Collective are coming to Dallas again, only this time in a different capacity. With their 10th studio album Centipede Hz still fresh in mind and with co-frontman Noah Lennox busy from his recent Panda Bear release, Animal Collective have opted to tour, not as a live band, but as a three-piece with Deakin, Geologist and Avey Tare acting as a roaming DJ crew. If the DJ mixes that have found their way online are any indication, the set looks to be just as delightfully weird as Animal Collective's own music. It's that same tensile blend of accessible and grating. With an ear for both left-field prodding and honeyed melodies, expect an evening of heady dance tunes and ambient mood numbers, but above all else, expect the unexpected.

Jonathan Patrick
Party Static EP Release With Sealion, Street Arabs, 9 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or, $8-$10

How should you spend your Valentine's day? There's a ton of different suggestions. If you have a lover you should make whoopie with them. If you don't have a lover maybe use Tinder and try and find somebody who will do the sex with you. Or don't. I once spent a Valentine's Day reading "Catcher In The Rye" in its entirety because I'm a loser. However, regardless of your relationship status check out one of Dallas' most energetic live acts, Party Static. We promise, you'll fall in love.


The Rich Girls With Straight Tequila Nights, The Clinton Years, 7 p.m. Friday, February 13, at Trees, 2709 Elm St.,, $23 Daryl Hall and John Oates are considered Yacht Rock these days. But, that doesn't make it bad. Far from it, as Hall & Oates is a great duo. Thankfully, Cheyenne, Justin, Tony, Kevin, Karen andJohn have no care in the world what the "cool kids" who read Vice may think. They've thrown a six-piece together that captures all that's genuinely delightful about Hall & Oates. This cover band makes anybody's dream come true. HDB

Metalachi With Mad Mexicans and Palamino, 7 p.m. Sunday, February 15, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $10

Oh man, when worlds collide. Metalachi hails from a little place you may have heard of and probably should never go to called Juarez, Mexico. What makes them particularly special is that they fuse two genres. It's metal and mariachi music as you may expect by their name. It might be among the only metal a non-metal head can learn to appreciate and something metal heads fin truly exciting. They're also not shy to put their unique spin on classic rock songs as well.


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