Music Picks: Future, Cut Copy and More


With Rico Love and Q.u.e, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or, $29.50,

Atlanta rapper Future is hot off his sophomore album, Honest, which dropped in April on Epic Records. When it comes to his live show, he's sure to get the crowd moving with new hits like "Move That Dope" or "Shit," both of which were produced by the talented Mike WiLL Made It. Compared to his earlier works, Honest, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, shows off a wider range of Future's talent with its drenched trap beats and lurching raps. It also features a raft of guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the game, including Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Kanye West, André 3000 and Lil Wayne. Future's been around the block a few times, so he has a lot of songs to perform from his mixtapes and his 2012 debut album, Pluto, in particular that album's biggest hit, "Turn On the Lights," or catchy, hard-hitting bangers like "Same Damn Time" and "Tony Montana." Mac McCann

Cut Copy

With Clasixx, and Nile Delta, 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, $39

Some of the rowdiest shows ever held at the Granada have been Cut Copy shows, so it's not surprising to see that this one has already sold out. In 2009 the Aussies brought party-poppers Matt & Kim with them and left Dallas a sweaty, smiling mess. In 2011, a co-headlined affair with Foals set off a baby boom in the DFW hipster community. Well, don't quote us on that, but it's our way of saying that people in Dallas really love this band and that they incite the type of wild, partyoging behavior rarely seen at shows around these parts. People just shut up and have a good time. If you're lucky enough to have a ticket, make sure you hydrate, because when "Lights and Music" gets played, it's going to get pretty wild in there. Jaime-Paul Falcon

John Fogerty

7 p.m., Friday, June 20, at Choctaw Event Center, 4216 S. Highway 69/75, Durant, Oklahoma, 1-888-652-4628 or, $35-$185

Though the legend of Creedence Clearwater Revival as one of America's greatest rock bands had been cemented for decades, CCR leader-gone-solo John Fogerty hadn't played classics such as "Up Around the Bend" or "Born on the Bayou" for many years by the time the late '90s rolled around. Thanks to a long-running record label dispute, Fogerty had been performing only tunes from his solo catalog, most notably the summertime anthem "Centerfield." It took a Robert Johnson-inspired epiphany for him to loosen the self-employed musical shackles and celebrate the legendary body of work he had built, which effectively ushered in a new phase to his storied journey. Indeed, more recently released works have been respectably solid and show the now 69-year-old guitar slinger in fine form. Even more impressive, however, is the conviction with which Fogerty can still belt out the opening notes to "Fortunate Son," perhaps his most epochal anthem in a long line of them. Kelly Dearmore

Hercules and Love Affair

With DJ Red Eye, 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236, $15

From the time Hercules and Love Affair first charged onto the world dance music scene in 2008 with their self-titled debut album for indie dance label giant DFA, they have always worn their love of synth-driven disco and old-school house on their sleeve. Since then, they have been forced to live in the shadow of their initial success. Perhaps not surprisingly, they hit a bit of a sophomore slump with the somewhat meandering Blue Songs, but their third studio album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, is a full-on return to form. More than their previous efforts, this record is committed to a very raw, throwback drum-machine house sound. When Hercules and Love Affair pass through It'll Do for a weekend DJ set, it should prove to be a master class in classic house music. It will be an extra-special treat, too, because it's one of only two U.S. cities they're visiting on this tour. Wanz Dover

Diarrhea Planet

With Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires and Part Static, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $12

It's been about 20 years since Blink-182 formed, so maybe that kind of music is en vogue again. If so, it's probably easy to think of Diarrhea Planet as some sort of snotty pop-punk band because they crack jokes about girls and boners between songs. Don't confuse the two, though, because you'll miss the fact that Diarrhea Planet's music is full of ennui, despair and frustration, grown-up emotions that drift beneath currents of total Iron Maidenesque shredwork. But even when they're conjuring, like, real feelings and shit, Diarrhea Planet are still a party. You can get down with your adult self and crush all the tall boys you want, all at the same time. Steve Steward

Blake Shelton

With the Band Perry and Neal McCoy, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 or, $40-$80

After toiling away for years in the country music scene, Blake Shelton has enjoyed massive mainstream success in recent years, making several appearances on the Billboard pop charts. A stint on NBC's wildly popular singing competition The Voice has helped cement Shelton as a bona-fide crossover star, but both he and his music have changed a great deal since his smash hit "Austin" blew up the airwaves in 2001. Now, Shelton is the definition of pop country, and hits like "Boys 'Round Here" and "Doin' What She Likes" laid the groundwork that has made twangy bro-country tunes of his contemporaries like Eric Church some of the most popular music in Middle America. Amy McCarthy

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