11 Shows To See This Weekend: Death Cab For Cutie, Justin Townes Earle and More

Death Cab For Cutie, Youth Lagoon

Thursday, May 3, at McFarlin Auditorium
Death Cab For Cutie has been passing through Dallas for over a decade. This show promises to be different from any previous tours because the group will be joined onstage by the Magik*Magik* Orchestra, which will add rich symphonic elements to their music.

Greg Lake
Thursday, May 3, at Granada Theater
Greg Lake (the "Lake" in Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is in the middle of what he's calling the "Songs of a Lifetime Tour." People are very excited about it. One guy who attended a show in Tarrytown was quoted on Greg Lake's website as saying, "OMG. He was better than Springsteen."

Tragedy, Wild//Tribe, Garuda
Thursday, May 3, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
Audra previewed this show in print by telling the story of another time she saw Portland's Tragedy in concert. Sounded like a brutally awesome show, as fans can expect of this one tonight.

Cinco de Mayo at the Kessler
Thursday, May 3/Saturday, May 5, at the Kessler Theater
It's Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, and the Kessler is ushering in the holiday with two nights of music. Tonight's festivities include Del Castillo and Denton's Mariachi Quetzal, and on Saturday, Loco Gringos, Barry Kooda, Bastardos de Sancho and the Hickoids will perform. Friday's show with Beto y Los Fairlanes and Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos has been postponed.

Rosie Thomas
Friday, May 4, at LaGrange
Rosie Thomas' soft voice, which has been featured in the background and foreground of many indie rock records over the past decade, stands out among a sea of novices. She started in the Pacific Northwest with Velour 100 and though her career has been diverse, she hasn't strayed from her original formula. Her most recent record, With Love, features production work from David Bazaan, who has been around since Thomas' early years.

Bret Michaels

Friday, May 4, at Allen Event Center
Glad to see the guy from The Apprentice is trying his hand at a music career.

Alison Krauss & Union Station
Saturday, May 5, at Verizon Theatre
I saw Alison Krauss at Austin City Limits last year. I was too far from the stage to really enjoy it, but this show at the relatively more intimate Verizon Theatre might make for a better opportunity.

Sarah Jaffe, John Singer Sergeant, Zhora
Saturday, May 5, at Granada Theater
Sarah Jaffe just released The Body Wins, and this show marks her first performance since the record's release. I'm told that it's close to sold out, but you might be able to finagle your way in.

Justin Townes Earle
Saturday, May 5, at Dada
Justin Townes Earle didn't take too kindly to the article we wrote in the beginning of 2011 saying he would likely die that year. Turns out we were wrong, so what do you say we bury the hatchet, huh?

Screaming Females
Saturday, May 5, at Queen City Hall
Thrashy pop-punk act Screaming Females might be the biggest show booked at Queen City Hall to date. Apparently, the band's guitarist Marissa Paternoster can really wail.

Manifestation Celebration w/ Thievery Corporation, Flying Lotus and More
Saturday, May 5, at Museum of Nature & Science
The Manifestation Celebration talks about the interconnectivity of our assumptions of reality. It's a little heavier than what I'd want at a music festival, which doesn't really begin to describe this gathering. Artistic expression of all kinds will be celebrated, but the biggest draw is still the music.

...and that's it from us. We hope you have a great weekend.

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