The Nine Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, October 17 to 23

St. Vincent plays Saturday at First Unitarian Church
St. Vincent plays Saturday at First Unitarian Church
Tina Tyrell

Here we are, at four different DFW music festivals in one weekend. What is this? Are we Austin now? Is that what we're trying to do? We've got Index Fest out in Deep Ellum, Lolaspalooza in Fort Worth, Texas Veggie Fair in Reverchon Park, and The Lamar Street Festival on the South side. Frankly, that is just too much. I'm all for Dallas having plenty of compelling nightlife and live music options, but this is not options. This is overdoing it. Godspeed, Dallasites. Wherever you end up, let's have fun out there this weekend.

Lolaspalooza IV Friday to Sunday, October 18 to 20, at Lola's Saloon Consider this your three-day crash course in Fort Worth music (and a few friends), featuring big names like Burning Hotels and Riverboat Gamblers and up-and-comers aplenty. There will be stages inside and outside Lola's Saloon for the fourth installment of this thing, and tickets are $12 per day. Kiernan Maletsky

Mind Spiders Friday, October 18, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

Denton's Mark Ryan might be the busiest man in Texas punk. For the last decade, his work in The Marked Men and High Tension Wires has garnered national attention. Now, in both Mind Spiders and Radioactivity, he's forging new territory. Mind Spiders will be celebrating an album release for their latest effort,


. The project's strong garage influence is an exciting new direction for the band.

Vanessa Quilantan

Benefit for Nevada Hill Friday, October 18, at Crown & Harp This Friday, a benefit show for Nevada Hill, a Dallas artist who's been diagnosed with melanoma, will be held at the Crown and Harp. It will be the second in a series of three shows, one each month in the three corners of the DFW metroplex: Ft. Worth was last month, Dallas, and the last one on November 22 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton.

Each show, exhibits not only some of the most interesting bands that exist on the fringes of local music, such as Vulgar Fashion and Strange Towers, but also musicians who show support for a friend and artist. Read the rest of Aaron Ortega's blog post here.

Index Festival Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, in Deep Ellum

This is the second year of the Deep Ellum Spune-hosted Index fest, and this time it's much bigger. The 2013 Index will span two days on nine stages, and will showcase more than 70 bands. Yes, SEVENTY. And, no, it's not just a bunch of filler, either. Index Fest has something for everyone. On Friday the spectrum spans from the folky indie-pop of Andrew Bird all the way to the art-rap of El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels collaboration (with more than plenty in between). Saturday is arguably the stronger day of the two, boasting an extremely impressive and diverse group of acts. Specifically, make sure to catch these three: the exquisitely dark post-punk band Warpaint, the historically savvy Americana rockers Titus Andronicus and the DJ-as-creator pop collagist Girl Talk. With this many bands and this much beer, I dare you not to have a good time.

Jonathan Patrick
Lamar Street Festival Saturday, October 19 on Lamar St.

In celebration of 100 years of the historic South Side on Lamar building, Dallas Morning News' GuideLive is throwing a big music festival. Because why the hell not, right? This one is nothing to balk at. In addition to an impressive lineup-- featuring Erykah Badu, The Relatives, and Home By Hovercraft-- there is also an amateur film competition. The best part? Prizes include chances to win 12 month loft leases at the historic property.


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St. Vincent Saturday, October 19, at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas When Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) appeared on The Colbert Report with Talking Heads singer David Byrne to perform a track from their Love This Giant album, host Stephen Colbert asked what a "legend" like Byrne was doing with St. Vincent because, as he so deftly noted, "I mean, you're David Goddamn Byrne." It's true that Byrne could have had his pick of any young musician to team up with on an album but it was clear from the surprised look on his face that he thought he was the lucky one in the duo. The Dallas native takes full advantage of her porcelain appearance to shock audiences with original songs about pain and rage and a unique sound that's a mix of punk and artistic rock. Danny Gallagher

Steve Earle Saturday, October 19, at Granada Theater

At 58, Steve Earle is the elder statesman of the entire alternative country/roots-rock scene. Ironically, Earle's best music came after he had hit rock bottom with drugs landing him in jail in 1994. Since then the guy has released one classic album after another. Whether it's 1996's I Feel Alright or 2000's Transcendental Blues or this year's The Low Highway, the quality and quantity of Earle's catalogue is simply mind-boggling. Known for his way with melody and his unflinching leftist political bent, Steve Earle makes music that is thoughtful, dynamic and always on target. Seeing the guy onstage is like witnessing a countrified Howlin' Wolf playing the songs of Hank Williams Sr. It is often a revelatory experience, a chance to see a living legend play out his second chance with style and power to spare.

Darryl Smyers
Voodoo Glow Skulls and The Toasters Sunday, October 20, at Three Links

Bands like 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish owe a very large thank you to ska-punk innovators Voodoo Glow Skulls and The Toasters. Both bands' brave combination of the punk-rock sensibility with the sounds of brass instruments on backup helped usher in the wave that those aforementioned bands have been riding ever since, only they took it further by daring to have a unique sense of humor in their lyrics, even when tackling serious subject matter. Now the bands that helped bridge many gaps in music are coming together to combine their unique sounds into a glorious symphony of the ska-punk movement's roots.


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