In case you haven't heard, there's a show going on in Arlington this weekend. It's not all that big of a deal, really, aside from selling out a 100,000 tickets at the Cowboys stadium. Almost inevitably, the George Strait show should be a mecca for concertgoers come Saturday night (or Saturday afternoon, depending on your tailgating habits). But there's plenty more happening around DFW this weekend and we have the low-down for you.
One way to describe shows performed by bands like Iration is to imagine a summer keg party populated by every person within a 100-mile radius who owns a Pepper t-shirt, except for Kyle because his parents grounded him or some shit. Or failing that, Iration sounds like a store that sells boardshorts, or what a Corpus Christi head shop sounds like after Derek goes home and Micah turns off that Pantera CD and puts on that tight Reggae Sunsplash comp he made. Then it's just him and Sunshine chillin' until close. If you can dig that, then the Hawaiian-born, Cali-famous sextet's dubby, positive vibes will feel irie on Friday at House of Blues.Steve StewardPink Smoke With The Phuss, Drug Animal and Deadbeat Poetry, 8 p.m., Friday, June 6 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $7
Like fellow Denton bands Bad Sports and the Marked Men, Pink Smoke makes pop-tinged punk rock that sounds like it would be at home on a Burger Records compilation. The band's relentless guitar work, machine-gun-like drums and almost sunny lyrics cause even the most jaded listener to bob their head and move around on the dance floor. Like-minded locals the Phuss and Drug Animal provide more than excellent support.Jaime-Paul FalconLittle Dragon With Lawrence Rothman, 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at Southside Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021or gilleysdallas.com, , $25
If there's one thing the Swedes know it's how to do it's create perfect pop songs that American audiences love. From ABBA to Ace of Base and the Knife, their tradition of synth-laden pop that gets people up and dancing has been going strong for decades. One of the longest-running groups who trade in this genre is Little Dragon, a group that formed in 1996 but didn't get noticed in America till sometime around 2006. Since then they've been on remix after remix and guested on albums from Raphael Saadiq to Big Boi. The band's latest album, Nabuma Rubberband, hit number two on the U.S. Dance charts and their singles continue to be favorites of DJs who are trying to get the night going. Expect to dance and get sweaty.JPFGeorge Strait With Jason Aldean, Martina McBride and more, 6 p.m., AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, 817-892-4000 or attstadium.com, Sold Out
If there were a royal court in country music, George Strait would be the king. After a 30-plus-year career in the music industry, over 100 million albums sold and a record-setting 60 number-one hits, Strait is ready to retire and move on to greener pastures. Strait will wrap up his "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour "in Dallas, a farewell tour that has encompassed 47 shows over the last two years. This living country legend is bringing an all-star group along with him to AT&T Stadium, including Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson and Asleep at the Wheel, who wil alll help say goodbye to Strait's decades-long touring career. King George will still be making music -- he recently renewed his deal with MCA Records -- but this could be your last opportunity to see one of the genre's most beloved artists in the flesh.Amy McCarthyThe Courtneys With the Chloes and Toy Gun, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at City Tavern, 1402 Main St., citytaverndowntown.com, $10
When twee Vancouver trio the Courtneys described their sound as "sun-drenched, flying nun-influenced pop with sweet licks that'll stick with you for days," they weren't too far off. This up-and-coming indie pop act has been touring pretty much constantly since April, most notably opening for Tegan and Sara on their nationwide "Goodbye, Goodbye" tour. They'll join back up with Sisters Quin at the end of the month, but they're continuing their grueling touring schedule independently, playing 12 cities in almost as many days. Good pop music can be hard to come by, but the Courtneys' particular brand of beachy, laid-back tunes fused with riot grrrl influence is easy listening with plenty of substance.Amy McCarthy
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After spending five years on tour in support of his platinum hit, "Collide," Howie Day was looking for a much-needed break. Day has been largely off the radar since 2011, making the choice to focus on writing music instead of performing live. He also dealt with some high-profile run-ins with police, but it looks as if Day is back on the straight and narrow. Day released a few EPs to mixed critical reviews in the interim years between his early-2000s heyday and the present, but he's back on the horse and maybe better than ever. It is rumored that Day is planning to release a new album in the near future, likely with a much more acoustic, singer-songwriter feel. There should plenty of Day's crowd-pleasing hits when he hits the Kessler, but it may well be your chance to get a sneak peek at his upcoming album, too.Amy McCarthy