The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/14-7/20

Lady Gaga coming to us straight from the future
Lady Gaga coming to us straight from the future
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It might be a little tough to get out of bed this morning, but at least we all have a great collection of shows to look forward to this week. Not only is Dallas receiving another visit from the Mother Monster herself, but cool kids far and wide are lining up for the return of legendary jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan. Add in a couple of performances from some indie pop players and some Texas country favorites and you have one heck of a week for DFW music.

Kirk Franklin
 With Tye Tribbett, J.J. Hairston, and Youthful Praise, 7:00 p.m. July 14 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, TX, 214-978-2583, $15

Kirk Franklin is an American gospel musician, noted for his creation and lead of many popular urban contemporary choirs of the 1990s, including One Nation Crew and the Family. A native of Fort Worth, Franklin displayed a natural inclination for music at a young age and soon found himself working as a music director and choir leader at the age of 12 for his local church. In 1992, he formed his first choir, the Family, and soon released their self-titled debut a year later. Since then, Franklin and his choirs have been responsible for a slew of hits on the gospel charts, including "Stomp" and "Nu Nation," and despite a few financial setbacks (including a 2000 lawsuit filed by the Family for allegedly missing royalties) has continued his reign on gospel and soul music. He'll be joined by his protege Tye Tribbett and gospel-soul singer J.J. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir.

Michelle Ofiwe
Steely Dan 9 p.m., Friday, July 19 at Winstar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1­800­622­ 6317 or, $60-90

If there is any band worthy of a road trip, it's Steely Dan. While many acts that achieved the majority of their success in the 70's and 80's have descended into replacement member oblivion, the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen remain amazingly transcendent. Touring, they surround themselves with top­notch sidemen and dig deep into their back catalog in order to satisfy the hardcore fans. Folks who only know Steely Dan by hits like "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Reeling in the Years" will be sadly disappointed when confronted with esoteric and otherworldly numbers such as "Green Earrings" and "Bad Sneakers." Becker and Fagen are now in their mid­60s, but the duo shows few signs of slowing down. And with music this good, why would they?

Darryl Smyers
Lady Gaga 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, $38.75-415

The last time Lady Gaga played Dallas was in January 2013 and a lot has happened for Mother Monster in the time since - not all positive, either. Last year's artPOP was railed by many as a tired, half­cooked record short on ideas, while her extravagant release party was dismissed as uninspired self­indulgence. Then last month a clip leaked of her shelved video for "Do What U Want," an apparently ill­advised venture that was met with considerable backlash for the roles of alleged sex offenders R. Kelly and Terry Richardson. Public opinion may be at all­time low, but Gaga has always courted controversy, and regardless, her Little Monsters are resolute in their loyalty. Her performances remain as over­the­top as ever with plenty of dramatic costume and wig changes and choreographed dance moves. It's also a great chance to wear a weird outfit or maybe hardly any clothes at all, which is what Gaga seems to prefer herself. Regardless of the controversy, the spectacle at the center of it all remains much the same.

Carmina Tiscareno

Tesla With American Dog, 8pm, Tuesday, July 15 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St, 214-978-2583 or, $27.50

Not to be confused with the high-falutin' car company trying to pawn its electric cars off on unsuspecting Texans, Tesla is the blue-collar alternative to '80s hair metal. Of the Sacremento, California band's eight albums released so far, they are best known for their international successes, such as 1994's Bust a Nut and 2007's Real Into Reel. They'll be joined by hard-rock quartet American Dog in support of Tesla's 2014 release, Simplicity.

Michelle Ofiwe 
Los Lonely Boys With The Digital Wild, Friday, July 18 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St, 214-978-2583 or, $25

Los Lonely Boys' interesting mix of rock, soul, country and Tejano has powered the Texas trio through almost two decades of good old Southern music. The band of brothers -- consisting of Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza -- first got their start in Nashville during the late 1960s before returning to Texas to record and release their debut self-titled album. Since then, the band has released seven albums, including another self-titled release in 2004 (which sports a hefty Willie Nelson feature) and 2014's Revelations, released earlier this year. Austin trip-rock quintet the Digital Wild will open the night with records from their 2014 release, Into.

Michelle Ofiwe
The Antlers With Thus Owls, 7 p.m., Saturday July 19 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214­741­1122 or, $16

For the most part, familiarity breeds comfort. In the case of some bands, that's fine and well. But a signature sound can also be a restrictive hindrance. In such cases, comfort leads to a complacent predictability. Brooklyn's the Antlers, the dreamy creation of Peter Silberman, has succeeded in offering up albums of increasing quality and, more importantly, they are anything but stylistically static. While the band's breakthrough record, the magnificent Hospice, was quite the critical rage in 2009, it's tough to argue the record wouldn't be topping lists of 2014 favorites. Silberman's intro to the world outside of indie­tensive Brooklyn holds up as a remarkable achievement in knitting together a narrative concept that isn't tethered too tightly. Familiars, Antlers' newly released jazz and horn­inflected jewel, is a misleadingly titled one. The only thing that's terribly familiar about Silberman's work is that it's fantastically unique from other Antlers records. And that, to us, is comfort enough.

Kelly Dearmore
10,000 Maniacs With Emily Elbert, 7 p.m., Thursday, July 17, at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214­272­ 8346 or, $22.50-­$40

It's hard to say something bad about a band that's been around for 33 years, especially one as non- threatening as 10,000 Maniacs. You know, they're that band who's made a career of being that band you sort of recognize on independent radio stations. Being a musician is a hard road to travel and any band that makes it 33 years, including 20 plus years after it lost it's lead singer and biggest star, Natalie Merchant, deserves at least a passing glance. So Wednesday night at the Kessler try to keep quiet and watch the band play. They must be doing something right to last this long.

Jaime- Paul Falcon
SCARFACE With Doughbeezy, 7:30 p.m. July 20 at The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St. Dallas, TX, 214-742-3667, $25-30

As part of the legendary Houston hip-hop trio the Geto Boys, SCARFACE impressed many with his complex lyrics and contributions to the Houston hip-hop scene. His solo albums, many of which were released during his time with the Geto Boys in the late '90s and early '00s, rapidly earned him a separate following in the hip-hop scene. In 2001, he even won the Source award for Lyricist of the Year. Much has changed for the rapper-producer since then: along with a lucrative career as Def Jam South's president and coordinator, the (Houston) South Park native enjoyed success as a community manager, while still releasing a slew of new music for long-time fans to enjoy.

Michelle Ofiwe
Marissa Nadler With Dim Locator and Delmore Pilcrow, 7:30pm, Monday, July 14 @ City Tavern, 1402 Main St., 214-745-1402 or citytaverndowntown, $10-12

With her first release in two years, singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler returns to the indie-folk scene with her signature introspection and ambient sound. After making her debut in 2004 with the much-acclaimed Ballads of Living and Dying, Nadler drew national attention for her "angelic" voice, strong use of gothic imagery and ability to mesh folk and pop music into hauntingly beautiful hits. She'll be joined by psychedelic rock trio Dim Locator and Denton blues-rock band Delmore Pilcrow.

Michelle Ofiwe

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