The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week 4/20-4/26
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Just another week in good ole Dallas, which of course means a new slate of shows to check out. Vice Palace celebrates its one year anniversary as does Do214. Pitbull does the casino show in Oklahoma, Caitlin Rose (a former Dallasite) hits Dan's in Denton and Father John Misty does the Granada. Looks like a good week is on our hands.
Caitlin Rose was destined for this. She was born in Dallas, but moved to Nashville when she was seven. She's the daughter of a woman who shares a co-writing credit and Grammy with the queen of feigned amiability, Taylor Swift. Her father works in sales and marketing in country music. So even though she initially started her career as a punk rocker, what Rose's parents probably told her was right: it was just a phase. Rose is one of a growing number of contemporary country acts that seems capable of carrying on the genre's legacy, rather than ruining it. She keeps it simple (but not dumb-dumb simple) and sweet.H. Drew BlackurnOdonis Odonis With the Ice Balloons, Blackstone Rangers, 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street, http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com, $7-$10
Odonis Odonis is a Blitzkrieg-bopping, quick and furious noise-punk band from Toronto. Their music sounds like running through the 6 with your woes with a torch in your hands and fire in your eyes. The band's debuted from last year, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, featured much of the aforementioned aggression, but also some sweet (sorta) dream pop as well. Theirs is a sound to track both anarchy and the arrival of spring.HDBFather John Misty With Luluc, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, Sold out
He's not J. Tillman anymore, but the dude behind the music will always be the same. In Father John Misty, Joshua Tillman has raised the stakes for his own music, releasing arguably his best albums under this moniker. He has only released two albums -- Fear Fun and I Love You, Honeybear -- each delightfully weird with compelling songwriting. It is easy to say that Tillman is in his prime, making some of the best music in indie, but that really doesn't even encompass how good this dude really is. A few years ago, he was playing the Foundation Room at House of Blues; now he's sold out Granada Theater. At Granada, you'll be able to fully experience this dude's genius in a room full of devoted fans. The show sold out long ago, but if you're lucky enough to have tickets, you'll be able to experience his unique brand of intensity and emotion, and you might cry a little bit. Mostly, though, you'll just be entirely blown away by how good Father John Misty really is.Amy McCarthyThe Ting Tings With Kane Holler, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $27
The Ting Tings can get some push back from fans of, like, real rock 'n' roll, man. But for what it's worth, the Ting Tings make somewhere between good to great music. They're a mesh of almost every type of upbeat music you've come across in your days; they're disco and post-punk and new wave. Their first album was a hit factory, which gave us "Great DJ," "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go." The duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino are sure to put on a great show.HDBDenton Arts & Jazz Fest With Brave Combo, One O'Clock Lab Band, and more, Friday April 24 - Sunday April 26, at Quakertown Park and Facilities, 321 East McKinney , Free
Each year the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest takes over Quakertown Park in Denton. It's an ode to the heart of Denton's music scene that gets little to no attention on the other days of the year. The University of North Texas is home to one of the most prestigious jazz programs in the world. UNT has a stage of its own to showcase its numerous jazz bands and Grammy award-winning home town heroes Brave Combo headline.HDB
If you bottled up the happy hipsters of the early aughts -- back when they were wearing ironic Urban Outfitters T-shirts, and really into Cam'ron, Tao Lin and Vice, swilling PBR et cetera -- you'd get an old glass bottle of Tab filled with Matt & Kim. They're an indie-pop duo who concentrates on dancey electro vibes formerly on the Fader's record label. For those who would rather dance a little than brood a lot, Matt & Kim is the perfect escape from being a wallflower way-back-when in that small Midwestern town.HDBPitbull 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or winstarworldcasino.com, $75-$100
Pitbull is a venerable character if you ascribe to poptimism. Otherwise, the music is bombastic and savory in its hedonistic aspirations. He's the pop version of Nickleback, but whereas Nickleback accentuates the red state qualities of America, Pitbull knowingly panders to the Bud Lite and Red Bull-guzzling club-goer who wears a vat of cologne. Out of necessity, Pitbull is a huge Latin figure in contemporary culture, a sad indicator that we need some more diversity, even in mainstream music.HDBVice Palace: One Year Anniversary With Lily Taylor, iill, Rat Rios, $kaduf, and more, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2516 N Beckley Ave, $15
Vice Palace, the roving DIY showcase masterminded by Arthur Peña has bee a welcomed addition to the Dallas music and arts scene. To celebrate one year, VP is doing some fashion ad music curated by some of Dallas' most on-the-pulse talent buyers and publications. It's sure to be a vibrant and exciting night.HDBEdgefest The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, and more, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, at Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX, 214-705-6700, $45-$225
Radio station festivals are always a thing of pure glory if you're into the station's programming. Truth be told, this year's Edgefest lineup sure looks like a crowd pleaser. Your offerings: The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, AWOLNATION, Hozier, Vance Joy, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Banks, Yelawolf, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Kooks, Joywave and Girl Talk. It's just enough to make us want to be in Frisco. Just.HDBDan Deacon With Prince Rama, Ben O'Brien, and Party Static, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, Free-$5
The DoStuff folks own a bunch of companies in various cities that offer suggestions for you to, well, do stuff. Among the cities are Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Dallas, and more. In honor of DoSuff operating in Deep Ellum under the name Do214, they're putting together a one-year anniversary show. Electronic trailblazer Dan Deacon headlines with Prince Rama, Ben O'Brien and Party Static as support.HDB
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