The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/21-7/27
Fitz and the Tantrums jump into Dallas this week
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Well, so much for the polar vortex. With the temperatures looking set to start climbing back up in the coming days, it's going to time to start finding some places to take shelter indoors. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cool, welcoming concert venues that are nice enough to throw open their doors and invite us all in, with the added perk of -- duh -- some live music. Here are some of the best options for the week ahead.
Lil Keke With Lil Flip, 9pm, Monday, July 21 at Elm Street Bar, 2810 Elm St, elmstreetbar.com, $10 To hear Houstonians tell it, there's wouldn't be Houston hip-hop without its most noted heavyweight, Lil Keke. Born Marcus Lakee Edwards in the city's now-infamous Third Ward, Keke came to fame in 1997 with the release of the behemoth "Southside," the gritty, bass-packed track instrumental in placing Houston on the radar of hip-hop fans nationwide. Keke has since remained one of Houston hip-hop's strongest offerings, releasing over twenty projects since his debut in 1993, and linking up with just about every legendary Houston label, from Swishahouse to Screwed Up Records. Today, he's keeping Houston's legacy bright with a stream of underground releases, and even a few collaborations with the city's newest generation of rappers and singers, like rapper-singer Kirko Bangz. He'll be joined by fellow Houston rapper, Lil Flip. Michelle Ofiwe
Beyoncé and Jay Z 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, attstadium.com, $51-$271 Hip-hop's most powerful couple is finally sharing the stage with their "On The Run" tour. And after that whole elevator smackdown in May involving Jay Z, Beyoncé and her sister Solange, of course there's going to be a little bit of talk, and many rumors, surrounding the show. Yoncé recently changed the lyrics of her 2006 hit "Resentment," about a woman being cheated on, to fit her life with Jay, adding to the rumors that he's been unfaithful. Or during Hova's performance of "H to the Izzo," a smiling Justin Bieber's mug shot was flashed on screen with Mrs. Carter adding, "Even the greatest can fall." Then again, far be it from these two to rustle up some hype for an already blockbuster tour. Not that they need it -- together, they've won more than 30 Grammys and basically made the music biz their personal playground. So forget the drama and check out the show for the music. Paige Skinner
JEFF the Brotherhood With Sealion and Not In The Face, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $3 RSVP, $10 at the door Tennessee twosome JEFF the Brotherhood are bringing their righteous jams to Dada for the latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series, which couldn't be more fitting. They're both straightforward, just a bit mangy and more than welcoming of a good time. The brothers Orrall have been playing headbanging shows for almost 13 years now and their seven-album catalog will give them plenty to build a formidable set list from. On top of their deep tracks, expect them to play extended jams of their songs and slather on some psychedelic sounds. Last time they were in Dallas, they opened up for another duo, the Kills, but this time they're headlining their own bill and brandishing their fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll in full force. Grow out your hair, cut the sleeves off your shirt and join the Brotherhood. Matt Wood
Kitty Pryde With Awkwafina, the Weekend Hustler and Jenny Robinson, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $12 Drug users have been really into Kitty Pryde since she debuted in 2012 with the "hit" track "OK Cupid." But let's be real here: The brunt of the attention she receives is due to people's fascination with her being a young white girl playing coy and working in a genre that's not traditionally associated with people of that type. That's highly unfortunate if hardly surprising, particularly in the boys' club of hip-hop. Yet her laid-back flow and dreamy production work are more interesting than she gets credit for. Don't let the faux innocence of her lyrics fool you. She's already done plenty of "maturing." After all, it's just Kitty now. Jaime-Paul Falcon
Fitz & the Tantrums 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $38.33-$49.83 Unapologetic, feel-good music can sometimes be hard to find in indie-pop, a genre notorious for taking itself too seriously. Fitz & the Tantrums are arguably one of the funnest bands to come out of the indie/soul/pop resurgence, and their live performances are so infectiously upbeat that they're impossible to hate. You'll probably need a shot of espresso to keep up at Thursday night's show at the House of Blues, if only because incredibly talented lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are known for kicking it up to 11. And then some more. There was some speculation that Fitz & the Tantrums may have just been another one-hit indie buzz band after the release of Pickin' Up the Pieces in 2010, but last year's More Than Just A Dream proved they'll be sticking around on the alternative charts for a while. If you need a midweek pick-me-up, this show is the perfect choice. Amy McCarthy
MKTO 7pm, Friday, July 24 at House of Blues At this point, the tale of two Nickelodeon alumni graduating to tweenage pop stars shouldn't come as a surprise; in fact, it seems to be what the media conglomerate does best. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller represent only part of Nickelodeon's new generation of multi-talented rapping-singing-wunderkids, but are clearly making a name for themselves on the pop and hip-hop charts. After immense positive reception of their 2013 debut, "Thank You," the duo released their self-titled EP in April 2014 to a still-growing fanbase, and rapidly linked up with Disney veteran Demi Lovato for a summer 2014 tour. They'll be flying solo for their return to Dallas, and with plenty of new material behind them. MO
Kawehi 7:30pm, Friday, July 25 at The Prophet Bar You might recognize Kawehi's enthralling vocals and love of looping from her now-viral "Heart-Shaped Box" cover, which captured the attention of many with its release in March of this year. Unsurprisingly, this isn't the 31-year-old singer-songwriter's first brush at success. Long before her unique covers ever hit the Internet, the Hawaii native enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles before relocating to Kansas in June. She has since released a handful of projects, fashioning a creative mix of electronica, pop, and rock with a genuine love for science fiction. She'll be on tour in support of her latest release, Robot Heart. MO
Young Thug With YMCMB and DJ Stevie J, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., 214-742-3367, $25 With a slew of chart-topping hits under his belt, Young Thug has made his case as hip-hop's hottest hit maker. Since the release of his much-buzzed 1017 Thug mixtape in February 2013, the 21-year-old Atlanta native has churned out music with an impressive consistency, making his sneezing, yelping ad-libs and raspy, stuttering flow chart-topping fixtures. Equally impressive is the rapper's affinity for collaborations: T.I., Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and Tyga are just a few of the many rappers who have tapped Young Thug for hits of their own -- and with good reason, given Thug's current reign over hip-hop radio. Now, in only the first six months of 2014, Young Thug has released four mixtapes, no doubt inspiring a staggering amount of hits for the rest of the year. With a domestic tour underway, there's no telling where you'll see or hear from hip-hop's newest star next. MO
The Oscillators Saturday, July 26 at The Propet Bar The Oscillators are out on a mission to save rock n'roll - but not from itself. In fact, all the Flower Mound natives want to do is make the purest rock n'roll possible, and have no problem drawing from a variety of folk, psychedelia, funk and classic rock influences to create the perfect synergy of "high-voltage rock." If you want to groove, The Oscillators have the rhymes and the time to make it happen for you, and it won't even cost you that much. They'll be joined by Austin indie-rock duo The Vantage, folk-blues singer Macon Hatton, and more. MO
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