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Five of the Week's Best Show Announcements: Nas and Lauryn Hill, Big Freedia on NYE and More

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Nas, Lauryn Hill Palladium Ballroom, October 29, $54 Having seen Nasty Nas at SXSW this year, working an entire Austin City Limits stage solo for an hour while he performed Illamtic, this double-header looks to be one of the more solid Palladium shows this fall. The appearance of Ms. Hill is already enough to seal the deal, and furthermore, they both have new albums, Nas' Life Is Good and Hill's Black Rage.

Yells at Eels, Nick Waterhouse North Oak Cliff Music Festival, West Davis and Clinton, November 3 The acts for the inaugural North Oak Cliff Music Festival keep coming, this time in the form of the Kessler's unofficial house band, Yells At Eels, and young R&B sensation Nick Waterhouse. Tickets are on sale now.

Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Machine Gun Kelly UTA College Park Center, Arlington, November 10 The Bawse returns, this time with a full-scale tour. Ross has the distinction of actually showing up to Zouk when he was here last, but now he's got an even bigger entourage in tow: Maybach Music Group cronies Wale and Meek Mill, plus Machine Gun Kelly.Ticket prices and on-sale date to come.

Mountain Goats The Granada Theater, December 4, $24-$49 Early October sees the release of Transcendental Youth, Mountain Goats' 14th studio album, filled with more of singer-guitarist John Darnielle's magnificent poetry. They land in Dallas for the first time since 35 Denton, in much more intimate confines.

Big Freedia, Hottub Club Dada, December 31, $18-$25 Another 35 Denton alum, Big Freedia, brings the beat back, this time via Parade of Flesh, who solidified all of our New Year's Even plans with this very important announcement. Get your Duffy ready.

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