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Eleven of This Week's Top Show Announcements: Rihanna, GZA and More

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Rihanna
Tuesday, April 16, at American Airlines Center, $39.50-$125

Don't know what you'll be doing on April 16 yet? Get with it. Tickets are only $125, dude. Just grab a hammer and break the glass on your emergency Rihanna Concert Fund.

GZA performs Liquid Swords
Saturday, October 6, at Trees (Index Festival)

Many hip-hop fans will argue that the greatest rap record of all time is GZA's Liquid Swords. Spune Productions just announced that GZA will be added to Index Festival, where he will perform the album in its entirety Update: GZA's agent says he's playing the album on most of the tour but "this may be a mix."

Telegraph Canyon
Friday, September 21, at Nasher Sculpture Garden, Free

I walked outside for about 30 seconds yesterday and didn't get a sunburn. That's how I know fall is approaching, and with it comes outdoor concerts. A few weeks ago we announced that the AT&T Performing Arts Center will be hosting Patio Sessions again this season, and now the Nasher is getting in on the picnic-concert action. Check out Telegraph Canyon for free, and don't get mad if there's a giant metal object blocking your view.

Tegan & Sara, Speak
Thursday, October 11, at AT&T Performing Arts Center, $35

Tegan & Sara put on a good live show. The between-song banter is pretty funny, too.

Adventure Club 18th Anniversary Show w/ Two Door Cinema Club
Friday, October 12, at House of Blues, Free

It boggles my mind that The Adventure Club has been around for 18 years. They're celebrating with a show featuring Two Door Cinema Club, The Features, Morning Parade and The Rocket Summer.  

Kris Allen
Sunday, October 21, at House of Blues, $15

If you're wondering why Kris Allen's name is vaguely familiar, it's because he's the guy who defeated the wildly successful runner-up Adam Lambert in American Idol's eighth season.

The Polyphonic Spree
Saturday, October 27, at Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, Free

Do I smell another Dallas nostalgia takedown in the works? The P-Spree will play a free show at the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park grand opening.

Blitzen Trapper
Sunday, November 4, at Dan's Silverleaf

I love this band's records, and really can't judge their live show based on that one really bad South by Southwest performance I caught years ago. Time to give them another shot.

P.O.S., Bad Rabbits
Sunday, November 18, at The Loft, $10/$13

P.O.S. will release We Don't Even Live Here in late October and a tour will follow. The rapper, who has collaborated with Justin Vernon and Ryan Olson on his new album, will be at The Loft on November 18, thanks to Spune Productions.

Jonathan Coulton
Tuesday, December 4, at Granada Theater

Geeky songwriter Jonathan Coulton used to be a computer programmer, now he makes a living writing songs about it and other geeky things.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sunday, December 23, at American Airlines Center, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $30

I wonder what Mary and Joseph would think about Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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