The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Claire Morales, Motorcade and More

Denton singer-songwriter Claire Morales plays at The Free Man on Saturday.
Denton singer-songwriter Claire Morales plays at The Free Man on Saturday. Ellie Alonzo

It's an all-local lineup this New Year's week – well, besides Hanson. You can catch those guys at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday night. As for supporting local music, check out Jonathan Tyler's New Year's Eve gig at Granada Theater, singer-songwriter Claire Morales at The Free Man, Dead Mockingbirds at Tradewinds and more.

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
with Vandoliers and Ottoman Turks, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.,

Dallas has given the world some pretty great music, from Tripping Daisy to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Leon Bridges. And part of that long list of famed Dallasites is Jonathan Tyler. The blues-playing darling and recipient of several Dallas Observer Music Awards, including Best Male Vocalist, Reader's Pick Best Local CD Release and Best Blues Act, released his latest album, Holy Smokes, in 2015. He and his band, the Northern Lights, are on tour this fall throughout the U.S. Ring in the new year with Tyler and other local favorites Vandoliers and Ottoman Turks. Diamond Victoria

with The Rich Girls and Atlantis Aquarius, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $17-$26

Electronic dance and funk outfit ISHI knows how to work the crowd. Formed in Dallas in 2006, the quartet brings a visually stunning performance every time it takes the stage. Perfect for (another) New Year's Eve show at Trees, the bill also includes Atlantis Aquarius and cover band The Rich Girls. DV

Neon Indian DJ Set
9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at It'll Do, 4322 Elm St., $25

Chillwave front-runner Alan Palomo released a new song last week, "Heaven's Basement," under his Neon Indian moniker. It's part of the short film 86'd, which Palomo directed this year. In fact, Palomo has been busy with film work, including scoring Pete Ohs' Everything Beautiful Is Far Away last year. Tonight, Palomo and original Neon Indian member Jason Faries will spin some of their favorite songs as part of It'll Do's New Year's Eve '18. DV

Yells at Eels
with Xenon, The Mississippi Bastard Project and Hirsute, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Deep Ellum Art Co., 3200 Commerce St., tickets start at $7 at

Essential for local jazz, funk and soul heads, this concert features a pedigree of improvisational chops and art music experience you see only rarely. The González family’s Yells at Eels project, with its elegant contours and learned jazz layers, meets the ambient and rhythmic landscapes of Xenon, the funky, rock-spirited soul of The Mississippi Bastard Project and the call-and-response dynamic of tuba/drums duo Hirsute. This promises to be a worthwhile bill, fire throughout, from start to finish. Jonathan Patrick

Thin White Dukes and Panic
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., $15-$24 at

David Bowie was born on Jan. 8, 1947, and died on Jan. 10, 2016, so to celebrate his life, the Granada will host a tribute show on Jan. 4. Longtime local Bowie tribute act Thin White Dukes will headline, playing material from all of Bowie's eras with the best known songs to the fan favorites. They're one of the best tribute acts around, so if you've never seen them before, give them a shot. Also, get there early for Panic, fronted by former Adventure Club host Josh Venable. They play songs Morrissey did with the Smiths and as a solo artist — but do not cancel shows at the last minute. Eric Grubbs

Claire Morales / Remy Reilly / Rosegarden Funeral Party
10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St., $10 and up at

Showing up at The Free Man on Saturday will almost guarantee you a story for years about how you “saw them before they became superstars,” when Claire Morales, Remy Reilly and Rosegarden Funeral Party unite their talented powers for a show. From the energetic pop meets folk style of Morales, to the channeling of Norah Jones before she’s able to get a learner’s permit pathos of Reilly, anyone who considers themselves a fan of singer-songwriters should be ashamed for not already purchasing a ticket. A VIP ticket will not only give you a reserved seat, it also gives you one Tito’s cocktail, one PBR and select discount on other drinks as well. At $20 per VIP, you might actually make money at the end of the night with those deals. Brad LaCour

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., $15 at

2018 has been a year of riches for Dallas' Motorcade. As session musicians, the local gentlemen — James Henderson, Andrew Huffstetler, John Dufilho, and Jeff Ryan — have impressive resumes littered with names like St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, The Apples in Stereo and The Deathray Davies, among others. Together, they've steadily been building upon their shimmering indie rock sound with headline shows played before larger and more enthusiastic audiences. Most interesting, at last spring's SXSW, the quartet caught the ear of legendary critic and radio host Greg Kot, who went on to sing their praises on his nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions" program. The impression proved no flash in the pan, as Kot recently included Motorcade's self-titled album in his year-end top-10 list, thus adding an exclamation point to ring out a great year for the band. See them kick off 2019 at The Kessler with another local outfit, Tommorrowpeople on the bill. Jeff Strowe

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, 525 Commerce St., (817) 212-4200

More than 10 years after the Hanson brothers set the world on fire with 1997’s Middle of Nowhere, the trio of performers is still touring the country, doing what they do best. Back in July the band announced their 11th studio album, String Theory, a collection of Hanson tunes new and old, set to the symphonic arrangements of composer David Campbell. The album was released Nov. 9, and the brothers are bringing the show to Bass Performance Hall in one of the final stops of their tour and one of the year’s first for Fort Worth. While the brothers may have lost some of their boyish charm, with all now in their 30s, tracks like “MMMBop” and the Canadian hit “This Time Around” have been given an orchestral face-lift. But no matter if you light a candle in honor of Taylor Hanson every May 6 or you only vaguely remember them as popular pubescent pop stars, the brothers’ lungs are still packing heat and they're likely to put on one of the best orchestral shows of 2019. Nicholas Bostick

Dead Mockingbirds
with The Pleasers, same brain and The Lash Outs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Tradewinds Social Club, 2843 W. Davis St., $5

Dead Mockingbirds received a few nods at the Dallas Observer Music Awards ceremony this year, and for good reason. The rock trio gives high-energy performances on every stage they play. Catch them tonight at Tradewinds Social Club with The Pleasers, same brain and The Lash Outs. DV

9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 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
KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Diamond Rodrigue
Contact: Diamond Rodrigue