The Eight Best Concert in Dallas This Week, November 7-13
Drake, just Drakin' around.
We here at DC9 at Night have just now shaken our hangovers from this past week's 25th Annual Dallas Observer Music Awards. Now, we're refreshed, excited, and full of warm fuzzies from celebrating some of our most loved local musicians. The timing is ideal because we've got a full week of solid shows coming up, and now's not the time to get caught sleeping. Whether you're getting it poppin at Big Freedia, indulging your emotions at Drake, or having a Japanese punk freak out at Melt-Banana- it's gonna be a good time regardless.
John Legend Thursday, November 7, at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Neo soul master John Legend just oozes cool. Besides his outstanding solo work, the guy has played with Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, won nine Grammy Awards and gives more money to charity than he spends on himself. Plus, Legend's music is of such a consistently high quality that it almost restores one's faith in the musical tastes of the masses. Although Legend usually employs a bevy of collaborators and countless session musicians, the guy has the talent to get by alone. And while 2006's Once Again is probably the guy's high-water mark, the recently issued Love in the Future does not disappoint. Grossly over-produced, both albums succeed on the sheer talents of all those involved. If Legend ever does decide to pull things back and just let the songs do the talking, he could well be the next Stevie Wonder. Darryl Smyers
Chelsea Light Moving Thursday, November 7, at Trees Yes, it's Thurston Moore's new band. But it's about time to shed that qualifier, as Chelsea Light Moving's self-titled debut is an unexpected post-punk blast, not just worth of Moore's Sonic Youth legacy but plenty capable of impressing even if you have no idea who's on stage. Kiernan Maletsky
Chromatics Friday, November 8, at Granada Theater Many fans came to know the Chromatics through the soundtrack to the highly stylized film Drive. While the icy tones and crackling shimmer of the Chromatics' sound make them ideal for soundtrack purposes, their music is really so much more. Flitting between synthy krautrock abstraction and post-punk pop, the group produces a twilight grandeur that firmly separates them from the rest of indie's pastiche-crippled scenesters. Romantically charged and sonically vibrant, the Chromatics are in many ways an ornate reshaping of the sort of music that made Joy Division a cult success. Their efforts came to a head with their recent full-length Kill For Love, an album that displayed great strides in emotional complexity and overall sophistication. When the Chromatics, alongside fellow italo disco heads Glass Candy, hit the Granada, it's sure to be a spectacle -- an ocean of writhing bodies framed by slithering neon hues. Jonathan Patrick
Big Freedia Saturday, November 9, at Club Dada The queen of New Orleans bounce music returns to Dallas this weekend. If you're looking for a real twerking good time, look no further than Club Dada on Saturday. Vanessa Quilantan
Janelle Monae Saturday, November 9, at House of Blues The Electric Lady just had to cancel a few shows to give her voice a rest, but so far this one's still on. There's no overstating how good she is live -- it's exactly what you'd expect based on that bonkers "Tightrope" video. KM
Johnny Marr Saturday, November 9, at Granada Theater Of all the possible blockbuster band reunions out there waiting to materialize, it's tough to imagine one that would be more orgasmically welcomed than a reunited The Smiths. As Morrissey continues to pump out solid records as often as he churns out tabloid headlines, his old chum Johnny Marr has been planting his sonic stamp on bands ranging from The The and the Pretenders in previous decades to Modest Mouse and the Cribs in more recent years. In a "what the hell took so long" development, Marr released his solo debut, the high-quality The Messenger, in February. The album is stocked with the sonic identity that helped The Smiths become so adored. Similar to iconic combos such as Stipe and Buck, Plant and Page or Bono and The Edge, Morrissey and Marr were indeed a magical duo that needed one another more than many might assume, but that was a long time ago. Judging by Marr's excellent, if unheralded, post-Smiths output, it's clear that we all want a Smiths reunion, but we really don't need it as badly as we think. Kelly Dearmore
Drake Sunday, November 10, at American Airlines Center Rap's king of the sad boys hits Dallas on Sunday with Miguel and Future. After some initial controversy regarding Future's place on the bill (following a comment he made in the press about Drake's new album, Nothing Was The Same), Drake's "Would You Like A Tour?" seems to be going off without a hitch. VQ
Washed Out Monday, November 11, at Granada Theater On Monday, Washed Out -- the poster boy for 2009's trendiest micro-genre, chillwave -- returns to Dallas. This time around, though, he's got some new tricks up his sleeve. Riding the wave of his best new music in years, Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, will bring his critically acclaimed live set to the Granada. 2013 has seen the singer-songwriter re-imagine the texturally sodden bedroom sounds of his early material into something much more compelling, and, frankly, far more musical. His 2013 LP, Paracosm, finds his skills rekindled amidst a new creative center--denser in instrumentation, less effects-driven and lush, almost to the point of tropical. It's one of the most unexpected, and in turn refreshing, releases of the year. In light of his new direction, it should be a real treat to see him perform in person. Jonathan Patrick
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