At this point you likely know whether those New Year's resolutions are going to stick or if old habits really do die hard. Either way, catching lots of good live music should help start 2019 off on the right foot, and this week makes it easy. New Fumes, Bobby Sessions, Chilldren of Indigo, Judy Chamberlain and Daniel Markham top the list of local talent this week, while DJ Seinfeld, Danity Kane and Wolf Eyes stop through town.
with Plandroid, 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $6-$10
Dallas native Daniel Huffman's solo project New Fumes is a wonderfully weird blend of distorted vocals, synthesizers, guitars and drums. His colorful electronic sound matches wits with his unique live performances, which have long been Instagram gold, including masks, inflatables, colorful lights and several other props. Huffman collaborated with Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on his latest album, Teeming2, which came out last November. Diamond Victoria
Chilldren of Indigo
Chavis Chance, Doma Kid and Meach Pango, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Deep Ellum Art Company, 3200 Commerce St.
If you caught the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase last month, you likely saw the electric live performance by Chilldren of Indigo — an eclectic group of phenomenal musicians who blend avant-garde hip-hop and punk rock. The Ghost of Blind Lemon, a local music blog, gave them several awards for 2018, including Best Album, Keepers of the Fire. DV
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Trees Dallas, 2709 Elm St., $11 at ticketfly.com
In the first show he’s put together since signing to Def Jam, Bobby Sessions brings (RVLTN Live!) to Deep Ellum, featuring Zyah, Keite Young of Medicine Man Revival (who just won a DOMA for Best Male Vocalist) and Poizon Ivy – the official DJ of the Dallas Mavericks. The gathering is celebrating last year’s release of RVLTN - Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa and RVLTN - Chapter 2: The Art of Resistance on Def Jam. And there’s a lot to celebrate as both releases landed on several national year-end lists, including noteworthy Best EP nods from DJ Booth and UPROXX, and the Jeremy Biggers-directed music video for the single “Like Me” landed on XXL’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Videos of 2018 list. Sessions and Young also landed the title track for the film adaptation of the best-selling book “The Hate U Give,” which was released in October. And in December, Sessions won big at the 30th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony – winning awards for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act, Best Album (for RVLTN - Chapter 1) and Best Song for “Like Me.” Daniel Rodrigue
with DJ Red Eye, 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at It’ll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., Tickets start at $15 at itlldo.squadup.com
Warm melodies, ‘90s nostalgia and a deep well of emotion map out the lo-fi house of Swedish producer Armand Jakobsson, aka DJ Seinfeld. Dusted with distortion and artificial tape hiss, the artist’s ghostly take on deep house skates along hypnotic key and vocal samples, evoking an atmosphere somewhere between rave nostalgia and the futuristic archaeological possibilities of modern music-making — no sample, style or time period is beyond reach. Part of a still-burgeoning group of producers injecting nostalgia and humor into contemporary house music, DJ Seinfeld is above all else not a provocateur, but a uniquely skilled conjurer of mood and emotion. Jonathan Patrick
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $26
Hailing from the same era of reality TV that made the sitting U.S. president a national phenomenon, the members of Danity Kane were always destined to attract more drama than most bands. Formed under the guidance and tutelage of Sean “Diddy” Combs, the original five-member group has suffered through breakups and fist fights, as well as relative success over the years. With no one yet clamoring for the return of Oh Town or Da Band, Danity Kane are taking their third shot at maintaining a successful group, nearly four years after the band’s most dramatic breakup to date. After the release of DK3 in 2014, Dawn Richard allegedly struck fellow band mate Aubrey O’Day in the back of the head, leading to Danity Kane’s second dissolution. However, all signs are pointing to the third time being their charm. After the band’s 2014 breakup, all sides have seemingly made amends and brought along original member Shannon Bex. Their tour, The Universe is Undefeated, will feature original Danity Kane hits as well as cuts from Richard’s solo catalog and music from O’Day and Bex’s electropop group, dumblonde. Whether this iteration (of the best band “Making the Band” ever made) lasts, for fans it’s just nice to see their name in lights once more. Nicholas Bostick
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Sahara Restaurant, 5441 Alpha Road, free
Chamberlain performs with a fellow jazz artist every Saturday night at Sahara, a Persian restaurant with décor resembling an open-air food market, on Alpha Road in North Dallas. Her jazz philosophy stresses interplay between the singer and instrumentalist. Chamberlain’s chemistry with her vibraphonist, Dana Sudborough, highlights a musical ethos she refers to as “the art of the duo,” which she uses to set the night’s tone. John McClanahan
9 p.m. Saturday, Jan.12 at Beauty Bar, 1924 N. Henderson Ave., free
Blake Ward is one of the busiest DJs in Dallas, with four different weekly events and recently having taken up the management of his new Four Four Booking agency. He has a longstanding Saturday night Glamorama gig at Beauty Bar. As far as promotion goes, Ward is relentless, a perfect example of how to connect, inform and grow a DJ audience. Wanz Dover
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., $16-$32
The Granada Theater will also host a Jan. 9 show by famed guitarist Monte Montgomery. Named one of the "Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players" by Guitar Player magazine, he has also won the "Best Acoustic Guitar Player" Award at SXSW's Austin Music Awards seven years in a row. Jeff Strowe
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, $7-$10
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DFW songwriter Daniel Markham has dabbled in folk, rock 'n' roll, country and even metal during the last six years. A regular name on the Dallas Observer Music Awards lists, Markham has become a staple in the local music scene. Expect to hear lots of original music at tonight's gig, including from is latest album, Hyperspeed, with singles "Silver" and "Velvet Elvis," and also covers of Neil Young. DV
8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Andy's Bar, 122 North Locust St., Denton, $10 at eventbrite.com
Tonight’s stacked bill offers a can’t-miss experience for experimental and noise music lovers as Detroit-based act Wolf Eyes returns to North Texas for the first time in more than a decade to burn freaks' minds. Formed in ’96 by Nate Young, Wolf Eyes' self-described psycho jazz or trip metal is uncompromising, abrasive and not for the faint of heart. And suburban Detroit-based guitarist Mark Charles Morgan (formerly of Sightings, Silk Purse) will be joining Wolf Eyes on this show – Morgan was named to SPIN’s "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. Since 2002, Massachusetts-based Bromp Treb’s Neil Cloaca Young’s kinetic solo performances have become something of a legend in the noise scene. While Neil’s setup may look standard, a table crowded with what a critic once described as a familiar “bouquet of wires,” effects pedals, mixers, electronic drum pads and a sampler, but also includes unfamiliar busted electronics and other assorted, often random items and devices, ranging from tin cans to Brillo pads. Folks won't want to miss the improvised industrial meltdown of Denton’s Bad Bad Baby, which features Alizsha Pennington and Randall Minick of Felt & Fur and Julie McKendrick of MoMWoW (formerly of Vulgar Fashion who won a DOMA for Best Experimental/Noise Act in ’13). Denton’s no wave noise-rockers Flesh Narc also open, and one of Denton’s best vinyl DJs, Dreamlover 69, will drop "bangers" between sets. Daniel Rodrigue