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Ten Concerts Dallas Should Look Forward To This Fall

See also: Six of the summer's best concerts

With this recent open-window weather comes the pitter-patter of the fall concert season, tugging at our sleeve and asking us to pleeeaaase hold it. There's plenty to teethe on in Dallas over the next three or four months, including bigger festivals like the still-coalescing Oak Cliff Music Festival and slow-moving warhorses like Bob Dylan.

So here's ten more shows we're looking forward to.

Adam Ant September 21, Granada Theater Ant canceled his show back in February, but lucky for us, he decided to reschedule. Here's hoping he'll play "Whip in My Valise," even though he has a new album coming out, tentatively titled Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter.

Fiona Apple September 22, Winstar Casino When I caught Apple back in March at SXSW, it served as a bridge between decades. Apple's two albums from the late '90s - Tidal and When the Pawn... - thrust her into the spotlight, whether she was ready or not. Her speech from the 1997 MTV VMAs remains one of the most honest eviscerations of the celebrity culture she infiltrated, and the "Fiona Apple is crazy" memes (well, whatever they were called in 1997) unfortunately overshadowed two of the better albums of the late '90s, which, let's face it, was not the best time for music.

But that SXSW set pointed out that she's very aware of her emotional core, and the way people view her, which is what makes Apple's latest album, The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, such a quiet revelation 15 years after Tidal. It's spare, with Apple playing piano while percussion and other odd instrumentation swirl around. Her voice - rougher and more impassioned this time around - propels the songs. She's still full of heartache, asking the existential questions about love and self, but now she imbues her songs with hindsight. On "Valentine," she sings, "I'll root for you," then repeats the "you" until you're not sure her inflection of loving or accusatory. That's always been her genius. We don't get to know which.

It would have been nice to see Apple in a venue like the Majestic Theater, instead of having to truck it to Oklahoma, but getting to potentially gamble away your paycheck seems like a good counterpoint to this show.

Index Fest October 5 & 6, Trees GZA was just added to this inaugural fest, brought to you by the eyes and ears at Spune, adding to an already buzz-heavy lineup, including Grimes, Washed Out, Cold War Kids and Heartless Bastards, as well as locals Yells At Eels, Datahowler, Telegraph Canyon and the Angelus.

Dallas is becoming quite the fest city, but there is a limit to how much festing should be allowed. The announcement that Coachella is expanding to FIVE WEEKENDS next year is excessive to say the least. Suggestion: Build a Fest City in the desert where the fest happens year-round, and bands fight for headlining slots in a sort of Thunderdome. (Prediction:That will actually happen in five years.)

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Audra Schroeder
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