The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 5/22-5/24
Earl Sweatshirt at SXSW 2015.
Welcome to the end of the working week. Seems as though the rain will never end so we'll have to just get used to Dallas being Seattle. In the meantime, while you adjust to this, check out a few shows around town. Buffalo Black, Tru Def, and Jenny Robinson are performing at WAAS Gallery. Earl Sweatshirt performs at South Side Music Hall. Purity Ring takes over the Bomb Factory. Ciara brings the body party to the House of Blues. And -topic's Cake Jam takes over three links for two days. Here's your weekend.
Epocha One Year Anniversary
With Buffalo Black, Tru Def, Jenny Robinson & Bearcub, 8 p.m., Friday May 22, WAAS Gallery, 2722 Logan St., 676-731-5683, Free-$20
I'm sure there's a reason why an art gallery is having an anniversary party at another art gallery. I don't know of that reason, but hell: This is teamwork. To celebrate a year in Deep Ellum, Epocha is throwing a bash at WAAS Gallery. There's a fashion show, DJs, and some live performances by Buffalo Black, Tru Def, Jenny Robinson & Bearcub. Oh, what a work of art. H. Drew Blackburn.
With Braids and Born Gold, 7 p.m. Friday, May 22 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-0932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $23
The future is now — and it’s taken the form of floaty electric beats tethered down by celestial vocals. Purity Ring’s sci-fi aesthetic sounds like the background music in a Bladerunner dive bar, filled with artificial hums and clanging metallic dings that’ll be right at home in The Bomb Factory. But the defining element that keeps it from becoming soulless EDM (shudder) is the human vulnerability of Megan James’ voice as it hovers in the stratosphere. The resulting contrast is a snapshot of the existence these darn “millennials” currently occupy, as we’re just inches away from cybernetic augmentation and having Apple watches implanted into our flesh or whatever. And the crossover extends to genres as well, with elements of hip-hop beats and production seeping into the mix. Their absolutely wicked track collaboration with Danny Brown is a promising indicator of further bifurcation in electronic music as the subgenres clash and coalesce in the most splendid ways. So ease your mind of the inevitable and fast approaching robot uprising, because Purity Ring has already arrived to provide the battle’s soundtrack. Matt Wood
With Remy Banks, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22 at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $25
Earl Sweatshirt's new album titled I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt was released in March and, compared to his debut full-length Doris, this one shows a more mature, contemplative Earl. As the story goes, his fame was jettisoned by his involvement with Odd Future after his discovery by Tyler, the Creator who recruited him for the seminal group that reached its peak popularity a few years back, during which he spent much of this time at a rehab in Samoa. Earl, now 21, expresses the same grit and black humor that is the staple of swag hip hop in I Don't Like Shit as he did before, albeit with a deeper side of the rapper's psyche and a sense of self-responsibility. His flow is also less on the mellow and more on the vicious in tracks like “Grief” and “Grown Ups.” Just like in Doris, he rhymes about his past, the trouble he's seen and his family experience, although now he speaks up about what he's doing to make up for it. Maybe it's to set an example for his fans or sto how what it really means to him being a troubled artist with a dark past. Pablo Arauz
8 p.m., Friday, May 22, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., houseofbluesdallas.com, $28-45
Ciara doesn't enough credit for being gifted and talented. Back in the day we were all interested in "Goodies," which in retrospect, is a bad song and should have never been made. But Ciara has aged wonderfully, like a writer, getting better as the years go by. "Body Party" is one of the greatest adult contemporary r&b songs since the turn of the century. It's that serious. HDB
With the Los Crips, Fun Button, 9 p.m., Friday, May 22, at Rubber Gloves, 409 East Sycamore St., Denton, 940-387-7781, $6
Fungi Girls originally garnered the attention from bloggers and music scenesters around North Texas when they were just teenagers. Like teen in the sense that they weren't even 18 years old yet. They were always wise beyond their years in some ways, drawing samples of the underground and indie to craft their music. Fungi Girls have a lo-fi psychedelic surf rock thing going on. they're one of many solid surf rockish band's in this area, which is weird because there ain't any surfing, but who care bruh, wide the wave. HDB
With Corduroi, 8 p.m., Friday, May 22, at, at The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., 214-742-3667 or theprophetbar.com, $10
Chipper Jones is a legendary baseball player. He played third base for the Atlanta Braves for 19 years, got a world series ring in 1995 and was the NL MVP in 1999. He's a first ballot hall of famer. It's bewildering to think of why a duo from Austin decided to name their band Chipper Jones, as this is terrible for Googling. But, this ambient pop rock band makes a case for why you should let room in your brain for another Chipper Jones. The guitars are bright and carry out a melody just as beautiful as any voice could. HDB
With Gateway Drugs, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $12-$14
The quality of early '90s grunge is not dead. Quite the contrary; it's alive in Wolf Alice. Singer Ellie Roswell's deceptively sweet voice can fill the room with a pleasant roar and a hint of cynical laughter. Imagine if Belly and Hole had a band child raised by their live-in nannies Warpaint dancing to Jefferson Airplane. The London group's single "Moaning Lisa Smile" can be heard on 91.7 KXT's occasional heavier rotation. Oh, and you'll no doubt hear it if you catch them at Club Dada in Deep Ellum this weekend. Then you might also be inspired to dig up old Veruca Salt CDs at Half Price Books. With two EPs and a slieu of singles, Wolf Alice is likely to play a tight set full of delightfully arranged distortion. And if you’re old enough to have heard the aforementioned bands when they were debuting, you’ll likely need ear plugs. Anita Riot
-topic, Joonbug, Blue the Misfit x Sam Lao, Kirk Thurmond, Larry g(EE), and more, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $10 a night
Who’d have ever thought that you could legitimately compare Drake to -topic? The former founded a music festival in his city lush with great acts, and so did the latter. The second year of -topic and Joonbug’s Cake Jam promises “music, shenanigans and tomfoolery.” the first night of which is dedicated to hip hop and the second to R&B. Run through the four with your woes. HDB
With Fozzy, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $37.50-$40
You can say this much for Slash: he's a survivor. I mean, he worked with the most insane person in the history of rock 'n' roll who's name doesn't end with Spector, the former rock god and current living embodiment of a midlife crisis, Axl Rose. After he'd left the Gun N' Roses pressure cooker, he doubled down with grunge music also-ran and somehow-still-breathing anti-opiate PSA Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver. It may not have been the hoped-for means to regain relevancy, but it did provide some expendable income for he and his fellow 40somethings. Add in all the insane things the dude has put into his body over the years we're pretty sure the only things left standing after an extinction level event will be Robert Evans, various members of seminal British '60s Rock groups, Jerry Jones' face and Slash. Cause he's a survivor, man. Jaime-Paul Falcon
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