The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Ryan Bingham, Clint Black and More

The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Ryan Bingham, Clint Black and More

Catch Kurt Vile and the Violators, Metalachi and Devil Wears Prada and others this week. Plus, Chris Isaak and Clint Black give us some holiday cheer with concerts Monday night.

Chris Isaak
8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $35-$99.50

Chris Isaak was the Roy Orbison of the 1990s, not only for his '50s-style chops and aesthetic, but also for his vocal falsetto in songs that pluck at the heartstrings big-time. He's released 12 studio albums, the latest 2015's First Comes the Night. Isaak hasn't stayed strictly within the singer-songwriter realm, though. He and friend David Lynch have worked together on numerous soundtracks, which gave Isaak his big role in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Diamond Victoria

Paul Slavens and Friends
9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, 940-320-2000, danssilverleaf.com, free

Paul Slavens, frontman of the late '80s and early '90s band Ten Hands, is pretty well known around these parts. His radio show on KXT-FM 91.7 has earned him many Dallas Observer Music Award titles, including this year's nomination for Best Radio Show/Podcast. But he also hosts an impromptu show at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton. He takes song-title suggestions from people and creates music based on those titles right on the spot. You can catch him at Dan's most Monday nights. DV

Clint Black
with Lisa Hartman, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., $25 and up

Country music star Clint Black took his inspiration from the likes of Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Willie Nelson, so it comes as no surprise that Black was a fixture on the country music charts in the ’90s and early 2000s. Black’s style is a far cry from the bro-country pop that seems to be the choice du jour nowadays. He sings a more traditional brand of country filled with lonely nights, ruined relationships and the occasional beer, but tonight's concert is packed with holiday classics alongside his wife, Lisa Hartman. Nicholas Bostick

Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions
10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at RBC, 2617 Commerce St., 469-487-6149 or rbcdeepellum.com, free

We actually look forward to Mondays now, thanks to the work of Stefan Gonzalez. The lineup he curates on that day every week at RBC makes it one of the best places in the city to discover new music. Outward Bound Mixtape began a few years ago at Crown and Harp on Lower Greenville before it moved to Deep Ellum, where it offers the same opportunity for local and touring acts to try out something new in front of an enthusiastic and open-minded crowd of regulars, whether that means a first show, new songs or a sound that defies genres. If you ask the act du jour in Dallas — noise, punk, goth or free jazz — where it played some of its first shows, you'll likely be told Outward Bound, so attend Mondays and stay ahead of the curve. Caroline North

Singer-Songwriter Night with Josh Fleming
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Fort Worth Live, 306 N. Houston St., 817-945-8890 or fortworthlive.live, free

Joshua Fleming, vocalist and guitarist for local cowpunk sextet Vandoliers, recently began hosting a recurring gig to welcome new songwriters at Fort Worth Live. By sharing his knowledge of the music biz, Fleming hopes to help young musicians find their foothold in the industry. During this "songwriter's night," as he calls it, Fleming plays his music and considers it a great chance to try out new material for the audience. He also wants the Monday night sets to be a way for young songwriters to hone their craft and to network with local veteran musicians for potential collaborations. If you're looking to catch a first glimpse at some of the area's best up-and-coming singer-songwriters, this weekly gig is the place to be. DV

The Devil Wears Prada
With Fit for a King, ’68, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St, $22 at ticketfly.com

The Devil Wears Prada formed at a transitional phase for metal as a genre. Despite being often associated with devil horns, the early 2000s saw the rise of several Christian metal bands that were able to achieve about as much mainstream success as any band that employs ultra-aggressive guitar riffs and demon-scream vocals. Droves of satanic teenagers were lulled into moshing to bands like August Burns Red, Norma Jean and The Devil Wears Prada, likely due to the lack of turned cheeks in mosh pits for each of the aforementioned bands. The Devil Wears Prada’s latest tracks have strayed away from the metalcore sound that made the band infamous to begin with. Opting for a sound closer to shoegaze than straight metal, The Devil Wears Prada’s latest single, "Sour Breath," features more post-metal influence than the naked aggression of their earlier work. Opening for the band are local act Fit for a King, as well as ’68, the latest project from Josh Scogin, formerly of Norma Jean. Nicholas Bostick

Kurt Vile and the Violators
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at The Bomb Factory, 2727 Canton St., $15 and up at ticketfly.com

Former lead guitarist of The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile’s single “Pretty Pimpin” sits at 47 million Spotify streams as of press time, making it easy to see why the indie-rock guitar hero turned frontman-singer-songwriter sits on the verge of breaking into the mainstream. His Lou Reed-meets-Neil Young delivery perfectly blends his Middle America rock sound with city-folk street-smart lyrics. “Pretty Pimpin” soared to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs chart in early 2016, making Vile’s first track to land on a Billboard chart also his first chart-topper. In October, Matador Records released Bottle It In, Vile’s first new solo album since 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down. Interestingly, this year’s album, which was recorded in a piecemeal fashion over two years of touring, is one of his most eclectic and ambitious while also being the most cohesive listen. With Bottle It In, Vile seems poised to finally make the crossover from indie darling to mainstream dream. Daniel Rodrigue

Ryan Bingham
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., sold out

The singer-songwriter, Oscar winner and one-time rodeo cowboy was just recently in these parts when he appeared at a rally for Beto O' Rourke in the days leading to last month's Senate election. That night, he performed alongside Margo Price and Stephen Stills as the trio ran through a stunning version of "For What It's Worth." It's that type of versatility that has kept Bingham's career rolling over the past decade. Still probably best known for his 2009 hit, "The Weary Kind," for which he won that Oscar, he's on the road this winter with just a barstool and a guitar performing songs and telling stories from his seven-album catalog. With his rich, whiskey-tinged voice, he's one of those artists who sounds good reading or singing almost anything. Fortunately, he has the tunes and the tales to go along. Jeff Strowe

H.E.R. – I Used to Know HER Tour
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $32.50 at thebombfactory.com

Gabriella Wilson, the once anonymous artist simply known as H.E.R., made a splash with her debut SoundCloud release H.E.R. Volume 1 at the tender age of 19. Now, having reached the legal drinking age, Wilson is steadily rising from underground artist to R&B darling, after a platinum-selling collaboration with Daniel Caesar on "Best Part" and her Billboard No.1 release I Used to Know Her: The Prelude. But judging from her follow up to August’s prelude, I Used to Know Her: Part 2, it appears Wilson is still treading water in search of a cohesive sound. There are certainly glimpses of magic across the 14 tracks of the two-part EP but nothing comes of quite as organic as she had in 2016. Yet, while Wilson may still need to dive deeper to codify her sound, she’s already proved to be more than capable of dominating Spotify playlists and concert venues alike. Plus, tracks like “I’m Not Okay” and “Hard Place” off her latest release are good enough indicators that show H.E.R. has plenty more pearls of wisdom to offer. Nicholas Bostick

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $12-$20

What happens when you fuse metal and mariachi? Metalichi. This unlikely band comes from Juarez, Mexico, and can appeal to more than one type of concertgoer with its unique genre. Boasting the only of their kind, the band, which bases itself in Hollywood, also puts a spin on classic rock songs. DV

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