The Best Concerts in Dallas this Weekend, Courtney Barnett, The Rolling Stones and More

The Rolling Stones play at JerryWorld tomorrow night
The Rolling Stones play at JerryWorld tomorrow night
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Finally the summer is here. Now instead of complaining about it being cold or raining, we can start complaining about the heat, because it's gonna get hot. Hot as hell. This hot as hell weekend has a bunch of great shows. Courtney Barnett, the one true American hero (who is from Australia) hits Club Dada. Tyler, the Creator is playing a show at The Bomb Factory. The Rolling Stones have a show at AT&T Stadium. There's plenty more, too.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
With Teen Men 8 p.m., Friday, June 5, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $15-17

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a band that hails from Philadelphia. They’re seasoned, being apart of the big indie rock boom of the early aughts and a part of the first wave of bands that found critical success through the Internet in blogs. The band’s self titled debut album was self released further cementing their early indie cred. True the band had some of the workings in what we’ve always consider indie rock for decades, the focus on introspective lyrics and restrained and effective guitar strums in in parts, but here’s simply an indie rock band that’s actually independent and not code work for safe enough for suburban homes. H. Drew Blackburn 

Tyler, the Creator
7 p.m. Friday, June 5 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-0932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $30

Tyler, the Creator is undoubtedly a crass man-child afflicted with arrested development. To him a casual chat – perhaps over tea and crumpets – about sex, class, and religion must sound like a literal nightmare or a concoction fashioned by Rod Serling. He’s yet another dude in a line as long as the lunch rush at the DMV who's an asshole that should be punched in the throat for his personality. But he should at least also be given a bag of ice and a shoulder rub for his art. Tyler is rap music’s Peter Pan: He refuses to grow up, except musically perhaps, and his sole purpose is aimless fun. His latest album Cherry Bomb has the rooted and recognizable workings of a Tyler, the Creator album. There’s a whole bunch of N.E.R.D., Pharrell Williams and the Neptunes fan fiction. It’d loud and poorly mixed in spots because he just thinks it sounds better that way, bro. But there are flashes of a man all grown up, particularly when he hunkers down on the production and gets jazzy. You can expect this to be a rowdy show as Tyler is the James Warren “Jim” Jones of the cult of rowdy for no-reason millennial idiots. It’s the hottest ticket in town for the night, and recommended if you can grin and bear it.  HDB

The Growlers
With Broncho, 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $16
As rough and tough as we all may be when we're growing up and earning our stripes, there comes a time when the smartest of us decide to clean up a little bit. Do-it-yourself garage rock sprinkled with reverb (which is essentially an excuse for a little more noise) is a blissful little barometer of youth. Throughout the course of their career, the Growlers have done a pretty good job showcasing this spirit. The retro surf and psychedelic sound these Californians have come to be known for sparks off a high that's more energetic and creative than lethargic; more sativa than an indica. However, following the footsteps of many a garage band before them, the layer of grittiness that the band has showcased is being abandoned in favor of a polished sound for their newest album, Chinese Fountain. Perhaps cleaning up a little bit is just a way of life. HDB

Dead Flowers
10:30 p.m., Friday June 5, at Adairs Saloon, 2624 Commerce St., Free

Two albums deep Dead Flowers are one of Dallas' most exciting rock bands. Their music gives off the type of raw Southern energy that one might crave. Rattling guitars and evocative tales are the focal point here. The band's sophomore record, His Blues, was released last fall and it's an astounding showcase of blues, Southern rock 'n' roll and, most importantly, guitars. Best part about this show is it's free, so if you aren't doing anything else this is a must. HDB

Shelby Lynne 
8 p.m., Friday, June 5, at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, 214-880-0202, $30-45
 
Shelby Lynne is a crusader. Since 1989 she's released 13 studio albums. In the spring of 1999 her fifth album, I Am Shelby Lynne, came out and she began to be taken seriously. So serious in fact that she earned a Grammy for Best New Artist. In the 16 years since she's been a country favorite for true country fans. In the decade-and-a-half since she's continued to make great music and even founded her own record label, Everso. Her most recent release, I Can't Imagine, is being hailed as some of her best work. HDB

The Rolling Stones
With Grace Potter, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, 817-892-4000 or attstadium.com, $65-$395

It's difficult now to picture the Rolling Stones as a threat to corruptible youth, but when they first became a cultural phenomenon five decades ago that was exactly how they were perceived. While the Beatles were their innocuous altar boy counter points, the Stones did everything they could to reinforce their bad-boy reputations, through lineup changes, deaths, overdoses, arrests and an entourage of supermodel wives and daughters. Now septuagenarians, the Stones are still standing — mostly without difficulty. That's because the group is as indestructible as guitarist Keith Richards, adapting their genre to changing times, from the early pristine simplicity of "As Tears Go By" to the disco-inspired "Miss You." Between that, their mystique, their debauchery and their moves like Jagger (well, they are Jagger's), the Stones have not only become rock 'n' roll deities but also inspired a multiplying breed of imitators. This summer's Zip Code tour coincides with the re-release of their classic Sticky Fingers, suggesting they'll perform many track s off that album, and Dallas is one of the lucky 15 cities to land a date. It's the first time they've played Dallas in a decade, and it's not a stretch to think it could be the last. A chance to catch these guys in action is just a kiss away – or maybe a few hundred dollars. Eva Raggio

Tim McGraw 
With Chase Bryant and Billy Currington, Saturday, June 6, at Gexa Energy Pavillion, 3839 South Fitzhugh Avenue, $34-75

Whether you like his brand of country or not, you have to concede that Tim McGraw is one of the most influential and successful artists in the genre in roughly the past 30 years. He's won dozens of Country Music Awards and a few Grammys. He's sold millions of records. He married Faith Hill forming a Country Music power house. He's even dabbled in Hollywood with film roles in The Kingdom, Tomorrowland and The Blind Side. HDB

Courtney Barnett
With Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $15-$18

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, outside of being a mouthful, is the year’s first perfect album. Courtney Barnett took fragments of garage rock that could’ve easily been unremarkable or recycled and turned them into an outstandingly witty and personal debut. The pensive anecdotes that litter her prose tesselate into an insightful worldview that invites listeners into Barnett’s cavernous mind, with each track a different tunnel. As she leads you around, she laments sleeplessness, stares at grass and goes swimming. Stripped of her clever turns of phrase and attention to detail, even the premises for her songs might seem to contain platitudes. But her voice, both lyrically and sonically, contains an allure that leaves you hanging on every word about her grocery shopping. The album could easily be as invasive as cracking open her diary and reading it aloud at a metro bus stand. But instead her illuminating insight contains recognized faults of character, featuring imperfections that are mirrored by the unexpected bends her voice tends to take. When you hear Barnett end a familiar melody on an almost sour note, you never wish she had been right on pitch — even if you much prefer the mundane. Matt Wood

Weezer
8 p.m., Saturday, June Six, Winstar Casino, 777 Casino Avenue, Thackerville, OK ,$55-85

Weezer was a band that was primed to be one of the greatest thanks to their first few releases: The Blue Album, Pinkerton and The Green Album. In recent years it seems they've come a bit undone and started doing songs with Lil' Wayne for reasons that can't even be explained by the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yes, say it ain't so, but you best believe Weezer is probably gonna stick to the classics and leave songs from Ratitude and Hurley where they best belong: as figments of our collective imagination. HDB

Ingrid Michaelson
8 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2200 N. Lamar St.,214-978-2583, $30-50
Ingrid Michaelson, like Feist and so many other musicians in the 21st century, she’s a concoction of what if Fiona Apple went full on pop. Michaelson is a multi instrumentalist, with the ability to play both the piano and guitar. Her versatility is event with her ability to construct a ballad, upbeat pop rock anthemic song, or a folksy number at the drop of a hat. HDB


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