The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 4/24-4/26

Dan Deacon knows how to throw a party.
Dan Deacon knows how to throw a party.
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Well, we've got another great weekend on our hands. Dan Deacon and Lee Fields help Do214 celebrate one year. Lily Taylor, iill, Rat Rios, $kaduf, Tony Q and Plain Jane help Vice Palace celebrate its one-year anniversary as well. The Denton Arts & Jazz Fest comes back around. Matt & Kim play the House of Blues. And Natalie Prass, one of 2015's possible breakout acts, hits Sons of Hermann Hall.

Lee Fields and the Expressions With The Tontons, 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $13-$16

Lee Fields has had his feet wet in music for quite some time. That is, since 1969. There aren't that many people on this earth who have been playing music that long and can be expected to play club venues late at night. Doesn't Lee have a bedtime or nah? The answer is yes, in the wee small hours, so he's gonna kick it with us and teach us a thing or two about soul.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Fest With Brave Combo, One O'Clock Lab Band, and more, Friday April 24 - Sunday April 26, at Quakertown Park and Facilities, 321 East McKinney , Free

Each year the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest takes over Quakertown Park in Denton. It's an ode to the heart of Denton's music scene that gets little to no attention on the other days of the year. The University of North Texas is home to one of the most prestigious jazz programs in the world. UNT has a stage of its own to showcase its numerous jazz bands and Grammy award-winning home town heroes Brave Combo headline.

Lil Bibby With Lil Herb, 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Thee Theater, 2208 Main Street, 469-371-8518, $10-$25

Chicago has a bit of a reputation. It's know for it's fervent ability to taste violence. Chance The Rapper once sadly crooned, "everybody dies in the summer, wanna say your goodbyes, tell them while it's spring." Lil Bibby and Lil Herb are two rappers who hold a prominent role n Chicago's drill scene, a genre of rap that shows a panoramic view of the underworld and violence prevalent in the city.

Joe Budden 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Live Oak Music Hall, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, 817-926-0968, $25-$75

Joe Budden is more relevant for showing out on Twitter and being a has been on some reality show these days. But, don't forget that the guy has bars for days. His last album,

No Love Lost

from 2013 was packed with slick rhymes and some personal tales. He's got a follow up coming our way later this year called

Some Love Lost

. Pump it up for Joey Buddens.

Natalie Prass With Bee Caves, 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St, 214-747-4422, $10-$12

Natalie Prass is a gifted singer songwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She studied at the Berlee College of Music for one year. Currently she's signed to the UK label, Spacebomb. Her debut eponymous album showcases keen songwriting from the lyrics on to the lush production. Her music is a cross between soul and traditional 90's pop. Horns brighten the frame and strings swell it, as Prass' vocals soar above all in center stage.



Matt & Kim 7 p.m., Friday, April 24, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583, $22

If you bottled up the happy hipsters of the early aughts -- back when they were wearing ironic Urban Outfitters T-shirts, and really into Cam'ron, Tao Lin and Vice, swilling PBR et cetera -- you'd get an old glass bottle of Tab filled with Matt & Kim. They're an indie-pop duo who concentrates on dancey electro vibes formerly on the Fader's record label. For those who would rather dance a little than brood a lot, Matt & Kim is the perfect escape from being a wallflower way-back-when in that small Midwestern town.

Pitbull 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or, $75-$100

Pitbull is a venerable character if you ascribe to poptimism. Otherwise, the music is bombastic and savory in its hedonistic aspirations. He's the pop version of Nickleback, but whereas Nickleback accentuates the red state qualities of America, Pitbull knowingly panders to the Bud Lite and Red Bull-guzzling club-goer who wears a vat of cologne. Out of necessity, Pitbull is a huge Latin figure in contemporary culture, a sad indicator that we need some more diversity, even in mainstream music.

Vice Palace: One Year Anniversary With Lily Taylor, iill, Rat Rios, $kaduf, and more, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2516 N Beckley Ave, $15

Vice Palace, the roving DIY showcase masterminded by Arthur Peña has bee a welcomed addition to the Dallas music and arts scene. To celebrate one year, VP is doing some fashion ad music curated by some of Dallas' most on-the-pulse talent buyers and publications. It's sure to be a vibrant and exciting night.

Edgefest The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, and more, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, at Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX, 214-705-6700, $45-$225

Radio station festivals are always a thing of pure glory if you're into the station's programming. Truth be told, this year's Edgefest lineup sure looks like a crowd pleaser. Your offerings: The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, AWOLNATION, Hozier, Vance Joy, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Banks, Yelawolf, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Kooks, Joywave and Girl Talk. It's just enough to make us want to be in Frisco. Just.

Dan Deacon With Prince Rama, Ben O'Brien, and Party Static, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, Free-$5

The DoStuff folks own a bunch of companies in various cities that offer suggestions for you to, well, do stuff. Among the cities are Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Dallas, and more. In honor of DoSuff operating in Deep Ellum under the name Do214, they're putting together a one-year anniversary show. Electronic trailblazer Dan Deacon headlines with Prince Rama, Ben O'Brien and Party Static as support.


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