It's a great time to be alive and attending concerts in Dallas. This coming week is especially stacked, and we're excited for you to go to as many of theses shows as possible. Unless you have an Apple Watch, then we hope you fall into quicksand and sink to the very bottom at a glacial pace. What even is an Apple Watch for? Non Apple Watch havers, enjoy Bob Dylan, Yellowcard, Iron & Wine, Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal and plenty more this week.Tigers Jaw With Lemuria, Somos, 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $13
Tigers Jaw is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, former home of our good friends Jim and Pam Halpert (who have since moved to Austin) and our creepy pals Creed Braxton and Dwight Schrute. Aside from instilling the desire to be actually creepy and pretend like we know people from the fictional TV show, The Office, Scranton has also produced the indie rock band Tigers Jaw. They're more along the lines of emo and pop punk. The band was once a full five-piece but has since become a duo of Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh with touring musicians added in the mix when they hit the road.
Samuel Beam, known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, came out with his latest release Archive Series Volume No. 1 in February. I&W's style of folk is similar to other indie staples of the early aughts like the Postal Service and Neutral Milk Hotel. This latest album is a collection of some of his previously unreleased home recordings from around the same time he released his renowned debut album, The Creek Drank the Cradle (Sub Pop). Each song on Archive is a simple tune consisting of Beam's guitar and vocal play, the most notable songs being "Judgment" and "Everyone's Summer of 95." Beam is a master song craftsman; his music has a delightful Southern twang with luminous acoustic guitar playing and gruff vocal lyricism that is as solemn as it is stark. Now he's on a North American tour promoting Archive and he'll be performing here in Dallas with Gregory Alan Isakov from South Africa.Pablo ArauzBritney Spears 2kPop Sing-a-long 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 South Central Expressway, #14, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-534-2120, Free
Wait a second, do you know that there are people out there who might be in college that aren't aware of how absolutely monumental of a star Britney Spears once was? Before her marriage to Kevin Federline, her very public breakdown and her residency at in Las Vegas, she was one of the biggest stars in the world. In dedication to the one who wants baby to hit it one more time, hit Alamo Drafthouse for a night of her greatest hits.HDBRC and the Gritz 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, at The 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 oh-so effortless and easy every time out, just as a bunch of true pros like these guys should do. It's no wonder they're so great, though, because 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.HDBPower Trip With The Sentenced, Afraid of Life, Kept In Line, Thursday April 30, 3901 Main St., $10
Power Trip is a quintet from our very own city, that lovely, world-class gem we call Dallas. This band plays a mix of punk and metal, referred to by those in the know as crossover thrash. It's a ferocious mix of aggressive, fast temps and drumming that fires like a Gatling gun. The guitar licks sound like something is literally being shredded, and we don't just mean a fret board. Power Trip's garnered attention from the likes of Pitchfork for their skillful grasp on this militant style. They're also pretty renowned for their live shows, so enter the pit and get ready for the fists to be thrown.HDBYellowcard With Finch and the Downtown Fiction, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $20-$40
Somewhere nestled in one of your middle school mix CDs during the crest of the pop-punk bubble, there was an unavoidable track titled "Ocean Avenue" by the genre's dead-horse beaters, Yellowcard. Whether you were sleeping all day or staying up all night, there was absolutely no escaping this anthem that has endured through sheer catchiness with no logical explanation. To give some sort of metric to musical endurance, the band's most-played track on Spotify is, of course, "Ocean Avenue," which was released in 2003 and has twice as many plays (16 million!) as the next most popular song. In fact, the top four songs are all from that 12-year-old album despite being followed up by five additional albums -- including one last year. So whether through some time-defying wormhole or a cockroach-like longevity, the band's clearly here to stay; even if it means being trapped in some early '00s Hot Topic-branded amber.Matt WoodZZ Top With Jeff Beck, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Winstar World Resot and Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-62206317 or winstarworldcasino.com., $65-$95
Known as much for an abundance of facial hair as for the music, Houston's ultimate blues-rock masters' astounding career hasn't slowed down much over 45 years. This time around, stops will include old friend Jeff Beck. When guitarist and overall mastermind Billy Gibbons was in pre-ZZ Top psychedelic group Moving Sidewalks, the Jeff Beck Group was often on the same bill. It has come full circle now as two rock maestros share a stage at WinStar's Global Event Center. ZZ Top has never lost the ability to combine a hip-shaking groove and some of the most tonally unique and technically awing blues riffs around. Recently, Gibbons was exposed to a new generation of music lovers after being featured in the HBO series Sonic Highways, which was directed by Dave Grohl. The generally sterile Global Event Center isn't a venue worth getting excited about, but if there's a band to give it some attitude, it's the kings of Texas boogie.Kristin LockhartThe Boom 94.5 Music Festival With Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal and more, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., www.boom945.com, $25-$30
Let's Get Ready and Tarantula is the greatest one-two punch in hip-hop history. Mystikal was the best rapper alive at the turn of the century. This is not debatable. Bun B is the most important rapper in the history of Texas. This is not debatable. Scarface and the Geto Boys are the most memorable rappers in the history of Texas, and they have Mike Judge to thank for it. This is not debatable. Without Juvenile, we most likely wouldn't have had the rise of Lil Wayne, because Juvi carried Ca$H Money Records in it's early days. This is not debatable. And you can see all of these artists for just $25! Yes, Boom 94.5 doesn't just play the luminaries of hip-hop every day, they also bring them to Fair Park and give you a ton of zydeco and blues acts to check out. It's time to party old school-style and get down on some Dirty South and third coast hip-hop. You know you've wanted to since '97.Jaime-Paul FalconBob Dylan 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Winstar World Resot and Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-62206317 or winstarworldcasino.com., $75-$150
The man needs no introduction, but when I saw Bob Dylan in Austin a few years back, they announced him onstage as "the Poet Laureate of Rock 'n' Roll," and I doubt we'll come up with a better title. But needless to say, it's laughably far from definitive: Just this year, the genuine folk 'n' roll legend released a set of bewildering-but-sorta-lovely interpreted classics, Shadows in the Night, and against all odds it's something of a Sinatra tribute. Dylan is and always will be a songwriter above all, but any real fan can go long and loud on his nuanced performance-style and under-appreciated vocal virtuosity at the drop of a hat. And yes, at 73 years old, his voice isn't even a shadow of its former self; it's practically a new entity, some sort of Louie Armstrong gargle filtered through a combination of age and affectation that can, admittedly, be a hindrance to listening pleasure. But even a casual fan should still go see him, given the opportunity. I don't wanna be a downer, but it's pretty simple math; you've only got so many chances. And let's be real -- the dude can still do it.Brian PetersonIAMSU! With Rome Fortune, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15-$20
It's been an exciting year for 25 year-old Richmond, CA native, Sudan Williams. Williams, or as he's known in the music industry, IAMSU!, is the founder of the The HBK Gang, member of the production team the Invasion as well as an up-and-coming rapper who has been making the collaboration rounds on tracks with the likes of E-40, Wiz Khalifa and Too $hort. Following the May 2014 release of Williams' debut album, Sincerely Yours, the young MC joined Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy and Ty Dolla $ign on the Under the Influence of Music tour as well as his third SXSW appearance this past March, IAMSU! officially kicked off his Eyes On Me tour. With all of the buzz surrounding IAMSU!, there's no doubt his show at Trees will be a spectacle -- which leads those newer to his music to ask what all the fuss is about. In an interview last week with the Sound of Boston, Williams explains the exclamation point in his name by stating, "I'm a laid back person, but my music has a lot of energy. It represents my inner turn up." All I have to say to that is: Bring. It. On.Molly Mollotova
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