The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 05/15-05/17
St. Vincent is America's finest surgeon.
This weekend in Dallas, you have the opportunity to watch a middle aged man rap about how he gets really high and has sex with young women, presumably in the age range of about 19 to still 19. One of the most gifted guitarists, wait no, musicians alive does a collaborative performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Country heavyweights head out to Jerry World. And a ferociously great indie band plays a set at Dada. We're a spoiled lot, I tell you.
Holy Ghost! hails from the most dance heavy and ready indie label on the planet, James Murphy of LCD Soundsytem's DFA Records. Initially, Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel were a rap duo on DFA called Automato that didn't quite hold together. They reformed as a nu-disco and indie pop band and found their groove. Check them out at It'll Do in the form of disc jockeys for a party that demands some hip motion.HDBQuaker City Night Hawks With Rise & Shine, Natural Anthem, 8 p.m., Friday May 15, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or threelinksdeepellum.com, $8-$10
Dear rock is dead prophets: Quaker City Nighthawks are a fantastic rock band brimming with masculine energy, lathered in the finest barbecue sauce and chased with cheap whiskey straight out the bottle. Go to one of their shows and three songs in, somehow you're wearing bell bottoms, Chelsea boots and an extra shmedium vintage Black Sabbath world tour T-shirt. Long live rock 'n' roll.HDBDave Matthews Band 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111 or gexaenergypavilion.net, $40.50-$85
My stance regarding Dave Matthews Band mimics my opinion toward GMOs, Chief Keef and pomegranates: I don't have a clue what to make of them. Some goofy white dude who looks like everyone's dad playing funk is absolutely hokey, sure. But he's also made undeniably cool contributions to music such as helping Radiohead issue a wide release of In Rainbows in 2007 and signing My Morning Jacket to a label. Parks and Recreation couldn't even risk taking a swing at DMB: Chris Pratt's undying love for the band was a running joke on the show ("a little baaaybay"), but it was always juxtaposed by Aubrey Plaza comparing the music to "snails crawling out of your mouth." But even if you're undecided about this enigmatic outfit, they've got 60 live albums behind them to prove they're doing something right (i.e. lucrative). DMB has a legendary reputation for long improvised jams on songs, so if you're on the fence, it might just be the tipping point to turn you into a Dave devotee.Matt WoodAlabama 8 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at Winstar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK, 1-800-745-3000, $85-$125
Seems like for a certain period in type rock bands took to naming themselves after states and cities: Chicago, Kansas, Boston and Alabama. Though the names show a bit of a lack of originality, they make up for this by being an adequate peek into the local color of said places. Alabama captures the feel and mood of the Southern state quite well just with southern rock music spliced with blues and country winks. The Country Hall of Fame Inductees are sure to put on a solid show for all of their fans, probably mostly comprised of folks who believe the confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride, at the Winstar Casino.HDBFoster the People 8 p.m., Friday, May 15, at Winstar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK, 1-800-745-3000, $35-$65
Yeah, I only know the one song as well. The really poppy and upbeat number about some bullied kid pumping up his Reeboks (if he's wearing Reeboks, maybe that's why he was teased) and letting his gun do the talking. Yes, the song about a school shooting. Apparently, Foster the People have even more songs. If you know these songs, go see Foster the People. If you don't, I say head on down to Winstar and take place in this gamble. Bet on the house.HDB
Kenny Chesney is an example of just how gaudy the nature of album sales in country music can be. Eight of his 11 albums have went at least platinum. There's some double, triple and even quadruple mixed in as well. Also on the bill is bro country act extraordinaire Jason Aldean. This is your sure shot at seeing a legend in derivative pop country who can put on a hell of a show, so where else in the world would you rather be? Wear your boot cuts (and boots!) and head on down to Jerry World to fill out a small loan application in order to afford concessions and enjoy the music.HDB
3Speedy Ortiz With Alex G., 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $12-$14
There's something uniquely thrilling about seeing a band like Speedy Ortiz play live. That's because, for whatever reason, it's all too often that a rock band like this gets to showcase the power of a woman like Sadie Dupuis at its leader. And to be sure, the female perspective and sensibility has long been grossly unrepresented in the boys' club of rock 'n' roll. So when it does happen, it is often really special. Think ass-kicking bands like Yacht, Sleater-Kinney or Ex Hex. Throw in the intellect that Dupuis brings to her lyrics (after all, she does have an MFA in poetry from UMass) and, well, how can any reasonable person not be interested? Touring in support of their recently released second album, Foil Deer, this show should be the perfect combination of ferocity and smarts.Doug DavisJuicy J 8 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $27.50-$40
Juicy J is a rap god. Here's everything you need to know about the Memphis MC: He was a mainstay in the legendary '90s Memphis rap scene with the group Three Six Mafia. Juicy J is an Academy Award winner for Best Original Song. Everybody from rappers like Future to pop stars like Katy Perry want to work with him. His catalog is unrivaled. The mixtape Blue Dream and Lean is a modern classic, with tracks like "Juicy J Can't" and "She Dancin'" being staples of party playlists. Juicy J just released the sequel to Blue Dream... and continues to assert himself as one of the best rappers in the game. The man is a boss in the truest sense of the word. He commands respect that few people in the rap game have ever obtained. People like Jay Z might have control of the airwaves, but Juicy J will forever have control of the streets.James KhubiarSt. Vincent With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at the Annette Strauss Artist Square, 2403 Flora St. Dallas, Sold Out
Does St. Vincent even need an intro? The indie singer-songwriter who grew up in Dallas is perhaps one of contemporary music's true geniuses. Yes, yes, hyperbolic praise to some, but it is fact. She's also been a member of Sufjan Steven's band and the Polyphonic Spree. Her latest album, given the same title as her stage name, is what she describes as a party album for funerals. It's dark and heartfelt, but a source of wonderfully upbeat instrumentation.HDBToo $hort 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., at Gas Monkey Live!, $15-$40
"Mr. $hort, your favorite word?" James Lipton asked. The room was still. You could hear a blunt spark. Eager to hear the rapper's answer to this question on the famous interpretation of the Proust questionnaire, the students of Pace University all sat on the edge of their seat. Too $hort rubs his chin, flashes a grin and responds, "Bitch." A frail man in the audience stands up and asks $hort, "Why they gotta say it like $hort?" Too $hort is too quick with a response, "well for one I'm a rapper -- a legendary one, too -- and I grew up in a poor and socioeconomically environment that was given the too short end of the stick, if you know what i mean."HDB
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