Ghostland Observatory, Anthrax, Wild Flag and The Rest of This Weekend's Best Shows

Halloween is on Monday, so there should be a good handful people in costume out and about this weekend -- kind of like the zombies at the Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase. And there will be many opportunities to get out and about this weekend, which is chock full of some pretty big shows, the biggest of which is probably Ghostland Observatory at Palladium Ballroom on Saturday.

But that's just the beginning. Here's a list of other great shows this weekend, starting with the ones we've already mentioned all week.

Tonight, female punk supergroup Wild Flag will be at The Loft along with Drew Grow and the Pastor's Wives, and Anthrax and Testament will be next door at South Side Music Hall. Also: CSS, Men and EMA will be at House Of Blues, Concrete Blonde will perform at Granada Theater, and Explosions in the Sky and Burning Hotels will perform at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Lastly, 21-year-old country act Lydia Loveless will be at Double Wide.

On Saturday, Telegraph Canyon, Bravo Max!, and Possessed By Paul James will play at the Kessler Theater, and Das Racist will perform over at Sons Of Hermann Hall. Also, The Manzarak Rogers Band, RTB2, and Whiskey Folk Ramblers will be at Granada Theater.

Plenty of other shows after the jump, too.

Bruce & Charlie Robison
Friday, October 28, at The Kessler Theater

These Austin-based sibling country singer-songwriters have each reached impressive accolades in their careers. Both brothers have been prolific, and have each earned songwriter credit on some pretty impressive songs. But seeing them perform together is a rare treat for Dallas audiences.

Huey Lewis & The News
Friday, October 28, at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth

It's OK to like Huey Lewis & The News ironically. And otherwise, I guess.

Paul Simon, The Secret Sisters
Friday, October 28, at Verizon Theatre

Paul Simon is one of the great songwriters of all time, but his new album is a dud. Expect him to play a few songs from that, and then hopefully he'll spend a good portion of his set playing the hits, from which he has a lot to choose.

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Zola Jesus, Xanopticon
Friday, October 28, at Dan's Silverleaf

Things are on the up and up for Nika Roza Danilova, the Russian-American singer behind Zola Jesus. The folks at Spune Productions know that, too, which is why they're bringing her to the Dan's Silverleaf tonight. Her songs are dark, expansive and cinematic, with nods to Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins. If you're in Denton, this show is more or less a no brainer.

Crystal Antlers, New Fumes, Boyfrndz
Sunday, October 30, at Good Records 4 p.m.

Psychedelic rock act Crystal Antlers have a rich, energetic style based in older rock 'n' roll, but it still sounds fresh. Daniel Huffman of New Fumes has been making music far longer, and he'll be joining the bill on the astro turf stage at Good Records.

Sunday, October 30, at Trees

I'd prefer it if their name was Genicomforters.

Riverboat Gamblers, Missile, White Mountain
Sunday, October 30, at Double Wide

This is a great all-local punk bill featuring relative veterans Riverboat Gamblers and newcomers Missile and White Mountain. The show promises to be packed and sweaty in the small Double Wide venue, as each band puts on an energetic, and, most important, loud show.

The Toasters, Red Five Point Star
Sunday, October 30, at Prophet Bar (Big Room)

The Toasters, a long-running third wave ska act, are one year away from celebrating their 30th birthday, which is really impressive for a genre that was originally thought of as a fad. On Sunday night, expect to see legions of old-school ska fans come out of the woodwork at Prophet Bar for this show.

...and that's it for us. Have a fun weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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