Thirteen Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: May 9-15

The Wee-Beasties are headlining MILF Fest this weekend.
The Wee-Beasties are headlining MILF Fest this weekend.
Mike Brooks

We've got some pretty awesome shows happening in your city this week, and you wanna know what else? Of the twelve concerts listed below, some of the musicians in these bands have be involved in some crazy antics, including the following:

1. Got his/her eye pissed into by a bat, and had to be tested for rabies. 2. George W. Bush had this artist's song on his iPod. The artist said he/she wouldn't play the song again until Bush was out of office, or until it left Bush's iPod. 3. This person made a short film in the '80s called Alien 1/2, as a sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien. 4. This is rumored to be Jim Carrey's favorite band.

Scroll down for the answers, after reading about some of your city's must-see shows this week!

MILF Fest with The Wee-Beasties, Fab Deuce, Ghost Daddies Friday, May 10, at Andy's Bar, $8-$20

MILF Fest 2013 is expected to be just as raucous and rowdy as it has been in the previous two years, with ladies dancing alongside punk rock troublemaker Richard Haskins of The Wee-Beasties, who is headlining the night. If you're a young mom, consider yourself a "MILF," and want to join in on the action, it's not too late. Sign up at the door at Andy's Friday night for a chance at a first place cash prize. There'll probably be some gyrating and antics involved, though, so be aware.

-- Rachel Watts
Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely Friday, May 10, at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, $43.50

If there were such a thing as a "How Much More Awesome Is Texas Than Every Other State-O-Meter," many Lone Star treasures would move its needle with ease. Hill Country barbecue joints, Dirk Nowitzki and Houston's Art Car Parade, for example, would certainly test the limits. But, without a doubt, a double bill featuring two Texas legends of cultural cool at perhaps the best new venue in the metroplex, which stocks its bar with our state's finest craft beers, would surely bust that thing wide-open. Indeed, Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely, possibly Texas' best living examples of non-Willie Nelson musical royalty, will share the Live Oak Lounge stage on the same night. So, get there, grab a Deep Ellum IPA or a (512) Pecan Porter and just think about how much cooler you are in that magical moment than anyone in West Virginia could possibly be.

-- Kelly Dearmore
Bonobo Friday, May 10, at House of Blues, $20

You may not have heard of U.K. downtempo electro musician Simon Green, known best by his stage name Bonobo, who has been releasing albums since 2000, but after he executes his 2013 agenda, you should. A massive tour has the one-man show hitting the U.K., Europe, Canada and the United States in the midst of releasing his anticipated sixth full-length,

The North Borders

, a few weeks back. Even Dallas' own Erykah Badu makes an appearance on the album's sexy, ethereal track "Heaven for the Sinner," which will get heads turning. Go check out the new album, along with Bonobo's lengthy back catalog of sometimes trippy, sometimes ethereal, but always danceable creations. Report back.

-- Rachel Watts
Com Truise, Ishi, Ice Eater, Ronnie Heart Friday, May 10, at Lola's Saloon, $20/$27

Remember when people were dancing to nothing 'cause it sounded kinda familiar and the downbeats were easy to find? Not this. This is music worth actually dancing to.

--Kiernan Maletsky
Bill Callahan, Flat Foot Friday, May 10, at The Prophet Bar, $15

You know when words aren't just words? When Bill Callahan says them. They are mean, they are weird, they are true. Go to this and feel feelings.

Kenny Chesney Saturday, May 11, at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, $17.72-$269.72

Funny how this happens, isn't it -- where two of the most elegant songwriters in country music end up batting leadoff for someone who wouldn't know something subtle if it quietly hit him across the face? But here we are.


Homegrown Festival Saturday, May 11, Main Street Garden Park, $17 to $75 We did a whole music feature on this. Look: Homegrown Festival Gets Back to its Dallas Origins


Cannibal Corpse Saturday, May 11, at Trees, $22/$25

Cannibal Corpse, a band whose name haunts serial killers' nightmares, is returning to Trees in Dallas to promote


, their 12th studio album. It will be a night full of horror, metal and death. Previous album releases --

Eaten Back to Life


Butchered at Birth


Tomb of the Mutilated

-- all have been banned in Australia and Germany. (Tunes such as "Born in a Casket," "Meat Hook Sodomy" and "Post Mortal Ejaculation" tend to make the most liberal-minded person stop and think.) Hell, if new songs like "Encased in Concrete," "As Deep as the Knife Will Go" and "Followed Home Then Killed" aren't indication enough of what awaits fans by evening's end, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher's grueling lyrics, Rob Barrett and Pat O'Brien's guitar savagery and Alex Webster and Paul Mzurkiewicz's vicious rhythms and primal beats promise to cause more than a few headbangers' necks to snap. Trees' roots will be forever blackened when this band finally finishes with the crowd.

-- Christian McPhate
Jack FM's Throwback Tribute Spectacular Saturday, May 11, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $5-$35

Nostalgia is a weird thing as it frequently serves as an avenue for us to detach from the present and fondly remember the past, while dangerously coming close to keeping us stagnant and locked in. This is sort of the point of Jack 100.3-FM KJKK, a station built around playing the hits from the late '60s to Macklemore. The station cuts out all the fluff and simply gives you the songs you know. It's not for the adventurous, but it does serve as a pretty great history lesson on pop music. Saturday sees Jack taking this to its logical conclusion by putting on an all-day festival comprising acts performing hits that frequently grace their airwaves. The only catch: They're all tribute groups. Saturday's acts include tributes to INXS, Blondie, U2, Kiss, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns n' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Idol, The Black Crowes, The Cars and Michael Jackson. If each act took turns performing one song, it would sort of be like listening to an afternoon of Jack. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday.

-- Jaime-Paul Falcon
Spooky Folk, Satans of Soft Rock Monday, May 13, at Dan's Silverleaf, $7/$10

It's a bittersweet time for fans of folk-pop Denton quintet Spooky Folk, whose lead singer, Kaleo Kaualoku, is getting hitched, packing up and moving to Denver later this month. Not to mention the group is scurrying to finish up tracking for their second release since their self-titled debut more than three years ago. Read the full story on what's going on



Fear Factory, Hate Eternal Tuesday, May 14, at Trees, $17.50-$20

Metal legends Fear Factory return to Dallas with (kind of/somewhat/some of) their original lineup. Trees' incredible sound system should be a welcome channel for the group to bring the beat down on their audience's eardrums. Guitarist Dino Cazares has always been a personal hero. He showed a young kid in the hood how to bust out of the barrio bubble. Cazares, reunited with the band since '09 after a contentious hiatus, is one of the best guitarists in the game, making a formidable duo with the snarls of vocalist Burton C. Bell.

-- Lee Escobedo
Torche Tuesday, May 14, at Dada, $14

Torche take their time between records (read: a few years longer than most bands), but the end result is worth it. Hitting Dada for the second time ever in support of 2012's stunning


, Torche bring with them a good time for heavy-music fans. Combining doom and stoner rock with a melodic sheen, the four-piece never ceases to entertain. Just don't forget to wear some good earplugs.

-- Eric Grubbs

Smashing Pumpkins, Ringo Deathstar, Girl In A Coma Tuesday, May 14, at Palladium Ballroom, $45 Palladium Ballroom has been ushering in a few heavy-hitters this spring, including Smashing Pumpkins, who are on tour again after last summer's release, Oceania, which is supposed to be a continuation of their previous concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Whether you're an old SP fan or a new one, I'm sure Corgan and company will play a little something for everyone. -- Rachel Watts

Let's not forget about those fun fact answers!

1. Andrew Elstner, Torche 2. Alejandro Escovedo 3. Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins 4. Cannibal Corpse

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