Eleven of This Week's Top Show Announcements: Mission of Burma, Willie Nelson, Ben Folds Five, Brutal Juice and More

Mission of Burma

Friday, September 14, at Dan's Silverleaf, $13/$16
Spune productions' Lance Yocom has been sitting on this show for a while. The Boston punk act, whose reunion has lasted longer than its original run, should make for an interesting show at Dan's. Expect it to be packed and loud.

Sharon Van Etten
Saturday, November 3, at Trees

Sharon Van Etten hasn't put out a bad album. Her haunting 2012 record Tramp has been a bit of a breakthrough for her. It's melancholy, dark tint from start to finish should translate nicely in a dark, cavernous club like Trees.

Willie Nelson

Tuesday, August 21, at House of Blues, $50
According to the press release, this show's official title is "Raising Cane's Presents Willie Nelson." I never thought of Willie as a corporate chicken finger purveyor. I thought he'd be above this sort of thing, but then again, he does smoke a lot of weed.

Brutal Juice, Dope House

Thursday, August 30, at Dan's Silverleaf, $15
It's a rare show from Denton's legendary acid-punk band Brutal Juice. Every few years the band comes out of hibernation to prove that they are in fact still brutal.

Hot Wet Mess adds No Age, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Fergus & Geronimo
Saturday, September 1, at North Texas Fairgrounds, $15

Audra mentioned these additions yesterday. This show keeps getting hotter and wetter. And messier.

Owl City
Wednesday, September 19, at House of Blues, $22

The kids love Owl City, the emo/electronica solo project by Adam Young, who seems to be trying to distance himself from his earlier work.

Ben Folds Five

Sunday, September 23, at Palladium Ballroom, $45
Ben Folds was in town just last month, joined by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson. This should be a more "up" show, and a lot of people I went to high school with should be there, too.

Fort Worth Music Fest w/ Kevin Eubanks, Dr. Dog, Hayes Carll and More

September 28 and 29, at Will Rogers Memorial, $10-$75
Only in Fort Worth could a music festival featuring Dr. Dog, Hayes Carll and a handful of local acts be headlined by smooth jazz man Kevin Eubanks, from Jay Leno's Tonight Show band.

Ryan Bingham
Wednesday, October 3, at Palladium Ballroom, $25

Ryan Bingham, the guy who wrote all those country songs for the film Crazy Heart, will be at Palladium Ballroom in the fall. You might also remember him as the headliner of the Observer's St. Patrick's day concert back in March.

Saturday, October 13, at Granada Theater, $24

Canadian band Stars is one of the many acts closely associated with Broken Social Scene, which explains their straightforward pop. They'll be here just a few weeks after releasing their eighth studio album, The North, set to come out on September 4.

Tuesday, November 13, at Granada Theater, $35-$49

Legendary L.A. punk act X are celebrating their 35th anniversary with this tour.

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