Music Picks: Morrissey, Johnette Napolitano and More


With Kristeen Young, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., 855-289-2856 or, Sold out

By the time you read this, Stephen Patrick Morrissey, may have canceled yet another Dallas show. But if everything works according to plan, it's a safe bet we're in for a treat (a non-meat treat, of course). The Majestic Theater downtown lives up to its name in every way, and when Moz actually shows up for gigs, reports usually indicate he's on his well-coiffed game. Unlike Johnny Marr, with whom he once fronted the immensely influential Manchester band the Smiths, Morrissey has a solid pedigree as a solo act. (Granted Marr has spent most of the intervening years recording as part of full-fledged bands.) One of the longer recording breaks Morrissey has taken since 1988 will end in July when his latest offering, World Peace Is None of Your Business, hits shelves across the globe, officially following up 2009's thoroughly entertaining Years of Refusal. Pro tip: Be sure to hit the Smiths-centric East Dallas bar Strangeways for a pint or three after the show. Kelly Dearmore

Johnette Napolitano

With Madison King, 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $20-$30

Best known as the husky-throated singer for the '80s alternative act Concrete Blonde, Johnette Napolitano has actually had a more interesting solo career than would have ever been suggested by the work with her rather pedestrian band. Napolitano has contributed songs to a wide variety of films and television series and shown a sense of adventure rarely seen while fronting a band. Contemplative and downright folksy, her solo work (finally) makes good use of the lady's beautiful baritone. Darryl Smyers


With Twin Peaks, 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $10/$13 at the door

Eagulls already have plenty of buzz in their home country of England, opening for the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Suede. Hitting the U.S. for the first time, the brash shoegaze five-piece will showcase material from their eponymous debut album, which includes the great "Possessed." Twin Peaks, from Chicago, open. Eric Grubbs


With Cerebral Ballzy and Nasa Space Universe, 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $15

Although it's sacrilege to call any collection of hardcore punks a supergroup, Los Angeles' OFF! would almost certainly qualify for such an ironic descriptor. Fronted by former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, OFF! play hardcore the old-fashioned way: gloriously loud, unapologetically unpolished and overwhelmingly offensive. Other members of OFF! have solid punk rock pedigrees, but it's clearly Morris' show as he froths at the mouth "singing" such '80s-inspired fare as "Void You Out" and "Death Trip on the Party Train." Nearing 60, Morris is an amazingly pissed-off individual who shows no sign of letting up or slowing down. Darryl Smyers


With Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power, 6:45 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 877-686-5366 or, $45-$205

When Steven Perry left Journey in 1998, most people believed the band would (thankfully) simply go the way of many '80s pop/metal bands: to the dustbin of history. But lo and behold, those high school memories die hard and even with a replacement singer (found on YouTube, no less), Journey have proven to be a huge concert draw all over the world. Lead singer Arnel Pineda sounds just like Perry, and basically that's all that matters to a crowd gathered to hear such mundane tripe as "Loving, Touching, Squeezing," "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believing." Darryl Smyers


With Foxing and Adventures, Tuesday, May 27, Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $10 or $13 at the door

Three Links will host a bill of promising bands that straddle the line between indie pop and emo. Seahaven recall the low-key brilliance of the Weakerthans and Band of Horses on their latest, Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. Their sound is calm at one point, but then jumps into breathtaking crescendos. The same can be said about Foxing. The St. Louis-based band turned a lot of heads last fall with their latest LP, The Albatross (Triple Crown Records remixed the album and will reissue it the day of the show). Adventures, from Pittsburgh and featuring members of post-hardcore heroes Code Orange Kids, will open. Eric Grubbs

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