This Weekend's Best Concerts: KXT's Summer Cut, Meltdown Music Festival, the Avett Brothers, Japanther and More
Summer Cut w/ The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Fitz & The Tantrums and more
Friday, June 1, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Here we are, fully immersed in this year's summer festival season, and we're already peaking. It's going to be hard to outdo The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, and everyone else KXT 91.7-FM has booked on this insane bill. Even after nearly three decades together, The Lips continue to put on one of the most interesting, engaging shows in music.
Salim Nourallah & The Travoltas
Thursday, May 31, at AT&T Performing Arts Center. 5 p.m.
This marks the end of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Patio Sessions series for now. Salim is a good choice to close out the series: His love for pop music will go over well as little kids flounder around in that reflecting pool thingy.
Two Door Cinema Club
Thursday, May 31, at House of Blues
Chicago indie rock act Two Door Cinema Club has had a quick rise over the last two years. They're headlining the House of Blues' big room, followed by an after-party in the Foundation Room, at which they'll DJ.
Friday, June 1, at American Airlines Center
As a music critic, I'm under a sort of unwritten Hippocratic oath that says I cannot recommend this show to you. But, I'm going against the grain. You should go to this concert. If it makes you feel better, think of it as some sort of social experiment or whatever.
Jeff the Brotherhood, Legsweeper, Mind Spiders
Friday, June 1, at Granada Theater
Scuz pop cat lovers Best Coast are back again. It's only been a few months since 35 Denton, right? Oh well, they've got a new record to push. Get there early: Dallas duo Legsweeper is filling in for Jeff the Brotherhood. And we've already told you how much we like Mind Spiders.
The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov
Friday, June 1, at The Prophet Bar
Colorado's The Lumineers generally don't color outside the lines of the folk coloring book, but it's still pretty good, safe stuff.
Valient Thorr, Holy Grail
Friday, June 1, at Double Wide
If you don't like the word "safe" used to describe your music tastes, head to Double Wide tomorrow night for Valient Thorr. The punk/metal act is miraculously still on the road after nearly a decade of not selling very many records.
The Avett Brothers
Saturday, June 2, at Verizon Theatre
Avett Brothers are a massively popular indie folk act, just a few notches hipper than the Jonases.
Saturday, June 2, at The Kessler Theater
This should be a funny show, seeing as Unkown Hinson uses old-time country music and all that came with it as his comedic foil. He's also the voice of Early Cuyler on Adult Swim's Squidbillies, a show, I'm told, you have to have cable to see. I hear it's funny though.
The Cave Singers
Saturday, June 2, at The Prophet Bar
Seattle folk act The Cave Singers are revered for both their recorded music and their live shows. Still touring on the strength of 2011's No Witch, they'll be at the Prophet Bar with local singer-songwriter Madison King.
Saturday, June 2, at LaGrange
Audra wrote a much better preview-slash-interview for this show than I could ever do here. It just might make you want to pop over to this show.
Saturday, June 2, at Will Rogers Memorial Center
Seems fitting that country singer Emmylou Harris is headlining a horse festival in Fort Worth. AmerEquine, the company putting on the festival, has put together a nice little bill with opening performances from Marty Stuart, Riders In The Sky, Jesse Winchester and more.
Meltdown Music Festival
Saturday, June 2, at QuikTrip Park
The last time the Observer went to Grand Prairie, we got covered in paint. This time, your clothing should be safe, as Pretty Lights and Passion Pit headline the Meltdown Music Festival. There are lots of DJs and bands on this bill, including Shiny Toy Guns and Adventure Club.
Saturday, June 2, at Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
C'mon, it's a nice way to spend a Saturday evening in Fort Worth, no?
Pierced Arrows, Don't
Saturday, June 2, at Bryan Street Tavern
Check out Audra's preview of this show here. Hint: The couple that comprises this band is the world's most DIY couple.
Sunday, June 3, at 1919 Hemphill
Punk act Japanther comes to Fort Worth DIY venue 1919 Hemphill often, it seems. It's a good fit, seeing as Japanther's taken a largely DIY approach to releasing music over the years. The last decade has seen more than 20 releases from the duo, mostly 7-inches and CDRs, with a few full-lengths thrown in.
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