The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 5/18-5/24

Built to Spill hit the Granada this week for a midweek show in Dallas
Built to Spill hit the Granada this week for a midweek show in Dallas
Timothy Norris

This week promises some great concerts as the weather warms up to blistering levels. Toro Y Moi plays South Side Music Hall. Built To Spill plays the Granada. Paul Wall lights up Hailey's Club in Denton with the disco ball that’s all in his mouth. Purity Ring plays at Bomb Factory. Earl Sweatshirt takes his grief to South Side Music Hall. -topic and Junebug have a two-day festival at Three Links. And that's not even to mention the three-day weekend on the horizon.

Rush
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $50-$155

Though they're not billing it as a farewell tour, the Canadian trio says this 40th anniversary tour (billed as "R40") will be their last large-scale tour. So if Rush has spoken to you better than any other band in your life, this should not be missed. The band still sounds great and they will put on an entertaining show. No word just yet on what exactly they'll play from their legendary back catalog, but it's a good idea to listen to all 19 of their albums for a refresher - just to be safe. Granted, Geddy Lee can't hit the high notes of his early years, but he'll give it his best shot. Alex Lifeson is still great behind his guitar and Neil Peart will inspire many to air drum during the entire show. It doesn't matter if you're a nerd or not; one of the best rock bands of all time could be playing Dallas for the last time. Eric Grubbs

Toro Y Moi
With Keith Mead, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at Southside Music Hall, 1135 S Lamar St., $23

Toro Y Moi, born name, Chaz Bundick, found himself at the forefront of an ethereal sound that swept Pitchfork, Urban Outfitters, Gorrilla Vs. Bear and college apartments in the United States: chillwave. Since his early days of releasing music heavy on the chill, he’s reupholstered his sound into a funk, dance and rockist-leaning wave. Last year he released the criminally underrated side project Michael under the name Les Mis and this year released What For?, an exciting, bright album that is equal parts psych rock and throwback indie. H. Drew Blackburn

Built To Spill
With Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Clarke and The Himselfs, Wednesday, May 20, at The Granada, 3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX, $29

Built to Spill’s been around long enough to be considered dad rock. The band had its beginnings in the early ‘90s, in which they made songs that accurately captured the mood, smell and feel of youth. All of their fans from two decades ago now have kids who are probably in their teens, ready to discover some good music that agrees with their angst and general what-the-fuck-is-going-on-here disposition. Whether it be a guitar-heavy cut or a slow-burning, strummed number, what a perfect way to get all nostalgic and show your kids you are (or once were) cool by bringing them along. HDB

Beth Israel
With Party Static, Bad Beats, No touching, 9 p.m., Saturday, May 23, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 East Sycamore Street, Denton, TX, 940-387-7781, $7-$9

Beth Israel is a fantastic band hailing from what many call the live music capitol of the world, which is Austin. (Or so they say.) Their music is post punk, post hipster, post indie goodness. It’s straddling the cusp of ironic so delicately that you don’t know if the weirdness is an earnest artistic expression of embracing the different or a Carles-style wink and nod at the early aughts rock that has preceded it. What is most important is that it sounds quite alright in your ears. HDB

Cake Jam
-topic, Joonbug, Blue the Misfit x Sam Lao, Kirk Thurmond, Larry g(EE), and more, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $10 a night

Who’d have ever thought that you could legitimately compare Drake to -topic? The former founded a music festival in his city lush with great acts, and so did the latter. The second year of -topic and Joonbug’s Cake Jam promises “music, shenanigans and tomfoolery.” the first night of which is dedicated to hip hop and the second to R&B. Be there or be square. Run through the four with your woes. HDB

Paul Wall
With Fab Deuce, #Baconomics, Duke and the Boxers Brain, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Hailey's Club, 122 W. Mulberry St., Denton, 940-366-5509 or smokinghouse.com/haileys, $20-$30

If you ever embarrassingly sang along to songs like “Grillz” in high school, you’re probably familiar with the musical stylings of Houston rapper and precious metal teeth aficionado Paul Wall. This silver-mouthed devil hasn’t managed to chart a household name-type hit since 2005’s “Sittin’ Sidewayz,” but let me tell you, Paul Michael Slayton had an incredibly good year in ’05 – dude showed up on every track worth hearing, featured on everything from Kanye’s “Drive Slow” to T-Pain’s “I’m ‘n Luv (wit a Stripper)” remix, not to mention that decent Chamillionaire collab “Controversy Sells.” It’s unclear exactly what the screwed-up Texas legend’s been doing with himself since then, other than getting married, losing 100 pounds via gastric sleeve surgery and appearing as the final boss in the mobile game “Battle Rap Stars.” But if his teeth are still as mind-blowing as they were 10 years ago, you probably won’t mind hearing a bunch of songs from then either. James Rambin

Purity Ring
With Braids and Born Gold, 7 p.m. Friday, May 22 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-0932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $23

The future is now — and it’s taken the form of floaty electric beats tethered down by celestial vocals. Purity Ring’s sci-fi aesthetic sounds like the background music in a Bladerunner dive bar, filled with artificial hums and clanging metallic dings that’ll be right at home in The Bomb Factory. But the defining element that keeps it from becoming soulless EDM (shudder) is the human vulnerability of Megan James’ voice as it hovers in the stratosphere. The resulting contrast is a snapshot of the existence these darn “millennials” currently occupy, as we’re just inches away from cybernetic augmentation and having Apple watches implanted into our flesh or whatever. And the crossover extends to genres as well, with elements of hip-hop beats and production seeping into the mix. Their absolutely wicked track collaboration with Danny Brown is a promising indicator of further bifurcation in electronic music as the subgenres clash and coalesce in the most splendid ways. So ease your mind of the inevitable and fast approaching robot uprising, because Purity Ring has already arrived to provide the battle’s soundtrack. Matt Wood

Earl Sweatshirt
With Remy Banks, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22 at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $25

Earl Sweatshirt's new album titled I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt was released in March and, compared to his debut full-length Doris, this one shows a more mature, contemplative Earl. As the story goes, his fame was jettisoned by his involvement with Odd Future after his discovery by Tyler, the Creator who recruited him for the seminal group that reached its peak popularity a few years back, during which he spent much of this time at a rehab in Samoa. Earl, now 21, expresses the same grit and black humor that is the staple of swag hip hop in I Don't Like Shit as he did before, albeit with a deeper side of the rapper's psyche and a sense of self-responsibility. His flow is also less on the mellow and more on the vicious in tracks like “Grief” and “Grown Ups.” Just like in Doris, he rhymes about his past, the trouble he's seen and his family experience, although now he speaks up about what he's doing to make up for it. Maybe it's to set an example for his fans or sto how what it really means to him being a troubled artist with a dark past. Pablo Arauz

Wolf Alice
With Gateway Drugs, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $12-$14

The quality of early '90s grunge is not dead. Quite the contrary; it's alive in Wolf Alice. Singer Ellie Roswell's deceptively sweet voice can fill the room with a pleasant roar and a hint of cynical laughter. Imagine if Belly and Hole had a band child raised by their live-in nannies Warpaint dancing to Jefferson Airplane. The London group's single "Moaning Lisa Smile" can be heard on 91.7 KXT's occasional heavier rotation. Oh, and you'll no doubt hear it if you catch them at Club Dada in Deep Ellum this weekend. Then you might also be inspired to dig up old Veruca Salt CDs at Half Price Books. With two EPs and a slieu of singles, Wolf Alice is likely to play a tight set full of delightfully arranged distortion. And if you’re old enough to have heard the aforementioned bands when they were debuting, you’ll likely need ear plugs. Anita Riot

Slash
With Fozzy, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $37.50-$40

You can say this much for Slash: he's a survivor. I mean, he worked with the most insane person in the history of rock 'n' roll who's name doesn't end with Spector, the former rock god and current living embodiment of a midlife crisis, Axl Rose. After he'd left the Gun N' Roses pressure cooker, he doubled down with grunge music also-ran and somehow-still-breathing anti-opiate PSA Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver. It may not have been the hoped-for means to regain relevancy, but it did provide some expendable income for he and his fellow 40somethings. Add in all the insane things the dude has put into his body over the years we're pretty sure the only things left standing after an extinction level event will be Robert Evans, various members of seminal British '60s Rock groups, Jerry Jones' face and Slash. Cause he's a survivor, man. Jaime-Paul Falcon


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