Eleven of This Weekend's Top Shows: Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest, Nicki Minaj, Kool Keith and More

Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest II
Saturday, July 28, at Granada Theater

In its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd+ and DJ Sober.

Crushed Stars, The Angelus
Thursday, July 26, at LaGrange

A Crushed Stars show happens once every few years. That admission only costs five bucks should make for a sell-out show at LaGrange, and the band's latest album, In The Bright Rain, is deserving of one.

Kool Keith
Thursday, July 26, at Trees

Easily my favorite moniker in all of hip- hop, Kool Keith's eight albums have earned him the respect of critics everywhere. Who knows which one of his multiple personalities will show up tonight.

Homage Nation: Underneath The Covers
Friday, July 27, at The Kessler Theater

This is yet another interesting concept from The Kessler Theater. Holt and Stockslager will do Simon and Garfunkel, Brent Best will sing Paul Westerberg, Ryan Thomas Becker will play Sparklehorse songs, Nicholas Altobelli does Ryan Adams, Danny Balis will sing Townes Van Zandt, Andrew Delaney will sing Tom Waits and Robbie Saunders will play Gram Parsons songs.

Girls Rock Dallas Showcase
Saturday, July 28, at Dada

This performance will culminate after a week of camp, in which the girls who attended the camp learned instruments and formed bands. Audra has more on it here.

The Log Ladies featuring Jeff Albert
Saturday, July 28, at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center

This bill, put on by Inner Realms Outer Realms, is billed as "A night of mutant jazz in Oak Cliff." New Orleans act The Log Ladies, featuring Jeff Albert, will get weird at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Chris Curiel's Swirve opens.

Zebra Katz
Saturday, July 28, at Rio Room

Zebra Katz will take the stage in the Rio Room basement on Saturday. Check out Deb's interview.

Saturday, July 28, at Rubber Gloves

Whether it's the band's last show or not is anyone's guess. Singer Ally Hoffmann is moving to North Carolina, but the language the band uses on its Facebook page hints that the band will keep going.

Air Supply
Sunday, July 29, at AT&T Performing Arts Center

If only people embraced Air Supply the way they embrace Hall & Oates. Your day is coming, Air Supply. Hang in there.

Nicki Minaj
Sunday, July 29, at Verizon Theater
Minaj, one of music's more controversial figures, will be in Grand Prairie this Sunday, along with several of her own alter egos. The bigger question: When is she going to collaborate with Kool Keith?

DFW Diva Awards
Sunday, July 29, at Fair Park Music Hall

In this installment of the DFW Diva Awards, now in its second year, Dru Hill, Shai, Next and Silk will perform. Would it surprise you that one of the 18 divas being honored is Erykah Badu?

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