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Wiz is in town.
Mikel Galicia

9 Best Concerts of the Week: Shakira, Wiz Khalifa and Rascal Flatts

Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions
10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 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

Funky Knuckles
9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, free

The Funky Knuckles have been together for almost a decade. In 2014, the band's second album, Meta-Musica, hit No. 1 on iTunes’ jazz chart the first day of its release. The band has played with major national and local acts such as Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, Talib Kweli, Puff Daddy and the Polyphonic Spree. The band incorporates elements of improv and thoughtful compositions into its sets. Last year's release, New Birth, has seen much critical acclaim within the jazz community. Diamond Victoria

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., $50 and up at ticketmaster.com

Whether you fell in love with her when she burst onto the music scene with "Hips Don't Lie," or you discovered her for her coaching skills on the music competition show The Voice, Shakira is a great talent. There isn't a song she has that isn't a hit in the clubs, and after 12 years in the business, she continues to play big arenas. Paige Skinner

With Friday's Foolery, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, free.

At Three Links, CoLab has been given a daunting weekly task: perform an improvisational hip-hop show. The Dallas collective combines funk, soul, R&B and hip-hop to create an unexpected fusion sound with their incredibly talented arsenal of musicians. Above all else though, the quality they pride themselves on most is the “ass-shakin’” effects of their music, which should be all the reason you need to show everyone that them hips don’t lie. Matt Wood

Charlie Puth
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, $22 and up at livenation.com

American singer-songwriter and former YouTube star Charlie Puth has some exceptional things going for him. He has a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has a voice like an angel in heat. And he has that rarest and most coveted of all musical gifts: perfect pitch. The way these various talents thread together, however, is occasionally clunky and underwhelming. Minimal ballads stretched paper-thin across a skeleton of million-dollar scaffolding sums up the bulk of Puth’s discography. Mostly centered on love, his tracks typically refuse to dive below the surface, where genuine pain and longing lie. His listeners are asked to find joy in what’s more or less easy listening for the social media age. Puth’s art is light, uncomplicated and brisk. To be fair, it’s an efficient formula to mine hooks and bank radio gems. Sure, it can be tiresome and might lack the nutrition many listeners require, but it can also be fun — and a much-needed Band-Aid for the demands of everyday life. Jonathan Patrick

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $19 and up at livenation.com

Evanescence make their way to Dos Equis Pavilion as part of their tour promoting the band’s fourth album, Synthesis. Much like the album after which the tour is named, the Synthesis Tour treats Evanescence fans to reworked versions of their previous hits, trading in the guitars and drums for a full orchestra with elements of electronica. Mixed in with Evanescence’s most notable song, “Bring Me Back to Life,” will be a few originals written for their latest album. The lawn seats are $19, but die-hard fans can pay for a champagne meet-and-greet with the band and a pre-show soundcheck for the low price of $150. Brad LaCour

Blake Nation (Tribute to Blake Shelton)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd E., $10 and up at ticketfly.com

He's not dead, but Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill is dedicating a night to him anyway. If your dream is to go to a Blake Shelton concert, but you don't want to see Blake Shelton, this is the perfect event for you. The band consists of musicians who come from all different types of musical backgrounds, and on Friday night, they will play all of Shelton's biggest hits. What's better than a Blake Shelton cover concert? Nothing, we say. Paige Skinner

Rascal Flatts
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $29 and up at livenation.com

Since forming in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, Rascal Flatts have become one of the highest grossing touring acts in the country music game. With their core traditional and Christian values displayed prominently on their sleeve, they've been able to appeal to a large number of mainstream country fans who flock to amphitheaters in droves every summer. By touring relentlessly and graciously embracing the off-stage demands of the job, the three main members — Jay DeMarco, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox — have earned much goodwill in the overall entertainment world, as well. It's not uncommon to see them appear in the pages of Us Weekly or People Magazine. You won't read about any lewd scandals or vicious meltdowns, though. Just recaps of wholesome family gatherings, gentle tour-bus shenanigans and songwriting inspirations serve as insights behind the curtains. As for the music, the band packs a deep and storied catalog of songs. Expect quite a bit of that on display when they take the stage on Saturday. Jeff Strowe

Wiz Khalifa
With Rae Sremmurd: Dazed & Blazed Tour, 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $21 and up at livenation.com

In 2018 North Dakota rapper Wiz Khalifa has trained with a Muay Thai legend, released a line of designer socks and dropped a follow-up to his breakout album Rolling Papers. That’s a pretty impressive list of things to have done by August, especially for the Pied water-piper of rap. Khalifa’s love of weed is well documented and unfortunately becoming all too expected in his music. Especially when paired onstage with the infinitely more fresh-sounding duo of Rae Sremmurd. While Rolling Papers 2 does little to improve on the formula that made Khalifa a star, it’s notable for the number of features by up-and-coming artists. Rap prodigy Lil Skies drops an impressive verse on “Fr Fr,” and Jimmy Wopo gives a bittersweet contribution on “Blue Hunnids.” But whether you feel Khalifa has only stopped circling the drain to stagnate or you’re still bumping “Penthouse” when the squad comes to congregate, just avoid this one if you’re not already a fan. It might be too much to tolerate. Nicholas Bostick

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