The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 3/20-3/22

Stevie Wonder, a man so important, he has truthers.
Stevie Wonder, a man so important, he has truthers.
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As you're probably very aware. It's South By Southwest right now, but who cares? You're in Dallas and you're still more than capable of seeing some shows, plus you wont stand in line for 1,000 hours. TV on the Radio plays its second sold out show at the Granada tonight, but has a free show at Good Records at 6 p.m. as well. Hozier takes the House of Blues to church, Dilated Peoples play a rare rap show at Gas Monkey Live! and probably the most poppin' event in Dallas this entire weekend will be Spillover in Deep Ellum. Cheers. Have Fun.

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TV on the Radio With Nostalgia, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, Sold out

We used to compare these guys to Radiohead. They were the future of indie rock 10 years ago, our best chance to replace the vanilla streams of alienation trailing in Thom Yorke's wake with an equally experimental venture that made room for soul, a creatively vital act you could still dance to. The irony is that TV on the Radio knew better than we did, moving with and ahead of the tide toward pop intelligibility with every release, and sometimes I think we haven't forgiven them for it. That's the only way I can understand the collective shrug Seeds received from the alternative press last year, in an age when Taylor Swift has bridged the alt and pop worlds, because it's one of their best records front-to-back; hell if it ain't soulful and danceable, too. Experimental, not so much, but that voice was always meant to sing anthems, and those rhythms were bound to settle down sometime. We don't compare TVTOR to Radiohead anymore, and we shouldn't, because they're still in peak form. We don't call them the future anymore either, because they're the present, and they have been for years.

Brian Peterson
Hozier With George Ezra, 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar, houseofblues.com/dallas or 214-978-2583, $35-$40

Hozier (I always thought "hozier" was what you called a ho who was also a poseur. Apparently, it's also this dude's last name) is coming to the House of Blues, and we all know what the people want to hear. Hopefully, he'll just play his current mega-popular single, "Take Me To Church," 5,000 times in a row in order to recreate what it currently feels like to listen to the radio. Maybe they have Matthew McConaughey run on the stage and interrupt every so often to read some McConaughey™-drawly Reliant Energy ads followed immediately by one of those damned Central Market ads about reeeeeally loving purple potatoes. "Take Me To Church" is played on no fewer than three local radio stations (it was a hit on Christian radio until they were told of the song's "hidden doin' it message"). It's taking over the radio so hard, I would not be surprised to hear it soon (somehow) become a No. 1 hit on BOOM 94.5, the classic hip-hop station. George Ezra is the opening act, and if we're all super lucky, he'll play a 30-minute cover of "Take Me To Church" to hype the crowd.

Alice Laussade
Ricardo Arjona 8 p.m. Friday March 20, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, http://www.verizontheatre.com, $50-$150

Latin pop star Ricardo Arjona has something in common with Kobe Bryant, Shaq and a slew of other folks: He's played professional basketball (in Guatemala, but professional no less) and is a musician. But, whereas Kobe, Shaq and pretty much every athlete that does music has failed, Arjona has succeeded. Though he didn't reach the mountaintop as a ballplayer, he's one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time with over 20 million records sold, which is no easy task.

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MisterWives With Borns, Handsome Ghost, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., 214-978-2583, $15

Initially, MisterWives was intended to be an '80s cover band, but such is life; it didn't quite work out that way. They evolved into an indie-pop band that clearly has a foot in the neon decade, with a saxophonist here and there to boot. The New York band is relatively new, having released an EP last year, and debut album in February. Everything came full circle, though. Despite being so fresh in the music industry, the band scored a placement in a Kia commercial ... covering Hall & Oates' "Out of Touch."

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Flux Pavilion With Cache Money, Johnny Funk, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave., 214-826-4768, $20-$30

Flux Pavillion gets all the kids pumped. Born Joshua Kierkegaard G. Steele (yes, that's a real name), the English DJ is a fixture in the expansive dubstep scene. Although he's skilled with a variety of instruments, he chose to go the electronic route. It's not for nothing, either. Flux Pavillion has had the pleasure of collaborating with dubstep luminaries like Rusko, Datsik and Excision. He's also had one of his songs, "I Can't Stop," sampled on a song by Kanye West and Jay Z. Undoubtedly, Flux Pavilion is one of the most beloved knob twiddlers on the planet.

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Raury With Blue, the Misfit, Sam Lao, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., www.dadadallas.com, $12-$15

Raury is often mistakenly billed as hip-hop. We won't get into why, but just believe us when we say don't be duped by the inaccurate label. Raury draws inspiration and ethos from hip-hop in his music, but he has more in common with Beck's music than anything. The teenager from Atlanta, who has caught Kanye West's eye, fuses funk, soul, folk and the like with hip-hop to create a genre that's most accurately meta-tagged as a "smorgasbord." Check the baby-faced titan out, and respect real artistry.

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Dilated Peoples With Brother Ali, A.Dd+, -topic, Jabee, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $5-$200

The Dilated Peoples will never hit the big time. They're a little too niche. The so-called genre of conscious rap cannot capture the mind and spirit of gazillions like the unabashed flavor of hedonism found in other corridors of the genre. More people would rather just enjoy the music than ruminate. There's much more gold in pleasure than pain. However, Dilated Peoples know this and have never wavered since they formed in the early '90s. Introspective rhymes, hard beats and sticking to your guns -- now that's hip-hop.

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Stevie Wonder 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at American Airlines Center, http://www.americanairlinescenter.com, 214-222-3687, $40-$150Can Stevie Wonder actually see

? It's an important question. He might have been throwing us for a loop all these years. But, if that were the case, all is forgiven because isn't his music lovely? Wonder is one of the foremost purveyors of soul and whenever he departs this dear Earth he'll have earned his keep as a legend long before. Here, he'll be performing his album

Songs in the Key of Life

, which is not just in the soul canon, but the canon of music in general. Even though it was released nearly four decades ago, it still holds weight. It's the work of true genius; the mark of a legend.

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The Stone Foxes With Hey Marseilles, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd. E., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $10

There ain't nothing wrong with some grit and the Stone Foxes bring it without any problem at all. The San Francisco blues rock band brings hard rock soul we're all too familiar with. You'd think they were from Alabama or the great nation of Texas by the way they play. For the folks that miss old school Southern rock and when the Black Keys actually played it, this is your calling.

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Spillover Fest With Liars, Iceage, King Tuff and more, 12 p.m. in Deep Ellum, paradeofflesh.com/spillover, $33-$55

Spillover is that older, seemingly wiser friend from high school that was way cooler than you, but sometimes told you which bands to listen to. Boasting a cohesive bill with a heaping spoonful of garage rock, a pinch of noise and a dash of stoner metal, it's sure to please the wide spectrum of Deep Ellum devotees. Big players include Liars (the band that played the song from 50/50 that made you cry), King Tuff, Jeff the Brotherhood, the Coathangers, Diarrhea Planet and plenty of killer acts in between. This year's most notable expansion is the increased sprawl of venues, adding Trees and Off the Record to the two Club Dada stages and Three Links. The additions fall right under the purview of what Spillover is trying to do, and for the last few years they've been batting at 1.000 when it comes to booking. So if you like live music, vinyl, drinking or all of the above, you'll be covered. If you don't, God knows why you're reading this rag in the first place.

Matt Wood

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