The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Muse, Heart & More

If you're reading this, you've miraculously survived the financial and gastrointestinal trials of another Thanksgiving. Congratulations! While your stomach and wallet take the time to recover, distract yourself with a show this week. Between a Danish metal legend who calls North Texas home, Glenn Beck's favorite band and a group of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers who wanna go crazy, crazy on you, there should be plenty of ways to alleviate that post-overeating guilt.
Paul Slavens
10 p.m. Monday, November 30, at Dan's Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, Free

Paul Slavens is a local legend. He was the frontman of the late '80s and early '90s outfit Ten Hands. He’s a renowned radio host at KXT 91.7 FM as well. He also does this kooky little thing at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton every Monday. He takes song title suggestions from people and makes up a song right there. It’s like a freestyle. Whatever you do, don’t be the dick that tries to make him rhyme orange. H. Drew Blackburn

106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball
With One Direction, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato and more, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $30-$180

Wait, One Direction and Calvin Harris? Happy early whatever-holiday-you-celebrate, Dallas. Don’t worry, those boys won’t be left to perform alone at the American Airlines Center — oh no. Other big-name acts such as Ellie Goulding, Zedd, 5 Seconds of Summer and homegrown Dallas talent Demi Lovato will be joining them, as well. Sadly, we’re like 98 percent sure that T-Swift won’t be returning the favor and joining friend Goulding on stage, despite the fact that her beau will be performing that night too. Swift will be in Australia on her own tour. But thanks to KISS FM and iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball, your wintery pop-music overload can begin as soon as the doors open on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Dallas won’t be hearing from some of the more interesting acts that other cities on the tour will get to see, such as Alessia Cara, the Weeknd (duh) and Becky G. It’s hard to say that One Direction and Calvin Harris is settling, though. Sara Button

With Phantogram, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $41-71

English trio Muse returns to the American Airlines Center with a lengthy backlog of material to pull from. Touring off of this year’s Drones, they’re certain to play a lot of the newer material, but you should also expect to hear classics like “New Born” and “Knights of Cydonia,” too. Frontman Matt Bellamy continues to think he’s Freddie Mercury with his vocal trills and shredding on guitar and piano, but that’s something he has worked on for the band’s entire career. The band has always wanted to play arenas, so it’s great to see its streak continue in the U.S., having opened for U2 a few years ago and now headlining AAC. Make sure to bring your earplugs, and don’t mention Glenn Beck. Eric Grubbs

8 p.m. Thursday, December 3, Choctaw Grand Theater, 3702 Choctaw Road, Durant, Oklahoma, 888-652-4628 or, Sold out

The Wilson sisters and co. are on the road, and they’re hitting up a couple casinos before they make for the Midwestern pools — or hills, really. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are guaranteed to deal you in for a wailin’ wall. If you’re a diehard Heartist, you probably already have your tickets clenched in what you call your magic hand. You’ve probably already air guitared to “Barracuda” with it, too. For those of you just finding out, it’s not entirely too late to get your licks. Choctaw’s website claims the show is sold out, but we think a few bar top tickets remain on Ticketmaster — for now. You could take your chances and ride your silver wheels up to Oklahoma, but that could end up the coldest story ever told. Then you’d be down on your knees, now wouldn’t you? Anita Riot

L.A. Guns
With Great White, Slaughter, Dangerous Toys, Generator and Supernova Remnant, 6 p.m. Friday, December 4, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or, $20-$50

Having spent 32 years rocking with an ever-changing lineup, L.A. Guns returns to Dallas ­— not one single original member in tow — for the Hair Metal Holiday event hosted by 97.1 FM The Eagle. The current lineup has been together since 1987, and before that it was a convoluted mashup of random prominent members of the hair rock community. Did you know that Guns N’ Roses was a merger of the L.A. Guns lineup? That’s right. Axl Rose led L.A. Guns all the way back in 1984. He and L.A. Guns’ founder, Tracii Guns, split to form Hollywood Rose, the first assemblage of Guns N’ Roses, with Tracii Guns quickly replaced by Slash. L.A. Guns spawned plenty of glam and hard-rock bands in the late ’80s and early ’90s. What better way to start off your holiday season than by getting down with some serious hair metal? Sara Button

Marcia Ball
With Daphne Willis, 8 p.m. Friday, December 4, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $22-$34

Marcia Ball was born in Texas and raised in Louisiana. She takes cues from New Orleans music royalty, playing piano like James Booker and singing like Irma Thomas. But growing up in the heart of the “Texas triangle,” an area that includes portions of both states, left an indelible mark on her. Ball’s music is immediately recognizable as a strange brew of East Texas blues and southwest Louisiana swamp rock, but she also incorporates elements of boogie-woogie and zydeco into her sound. Having made music for half a century now, she is a veteran of the industry, known for incredible live performances, particularly in Texas and Louisiana nightclubs. Ball also plays music festivals all over the world. She’s an excellent songwriter, which is best exemplified by her albums with Rounder Records from the 1980s and ’90s. But Ball is also known to play stunning covers of classics by Dr. John, Clifton Chenier and Joe Ely. Jeremy Hallock

King Diamond
With Exodus, 8 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or, $35-$35

King Diamond is one of the most prominent dark lords of satanic heavy metal, whose legacy stretches back to the 1980s when he split with Merciful Fate and came out with his solo debut titled Fatal Portrait. On his follow-up album Abigail, hailed as a classic metal masterpiece, he developed his trademark falsetto, aka high-pitched wailing fronting the mighty thrash of guitar-heavy metal. His theatrical performances lend a satanic twist to songs that are equally epic stories. On stage, he wears black-and-white war paint and uses skulls and crosses to symbolize his dark themes. In 2014, he came out with Dreams of Horror, a compilation album that spans his entire career. Today, the Danish performer resides in the Dallas area and is a bit of a celebrity in the local metal scene, though his “hometown” appearances are rare enough to be can’t-miss occasions. Pablo Arauz

6 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-851-5111 or, $20-70

tobyMac has essentially cornered the market on Christian hip-hop. Sure, it'd be easy to say that might partially be due to lack of depth in the faith-based subgenre, but he's still managed to win Grammys with his inspirational verses (I'll avoid making a pun there). His latest release, This Is Not a Test, has a distinct EDM influence, so even if tobyMac is a bit more, uh, traditional, he's clearly intent on keeping up with music trends and adapting his sound accordingly. Matt Wood

Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase
With Ishi; The Outfit, TX; Buffalo Black; Party Static, 7 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at Club Dada, The Door, Three Links, Off the Record, Trees, Reno's, The Prophet Bar, The Green Room
Phew. It'd be more than a mouthful to recite the entire lineup for the DOMA showcase, so we'll sum it up: It's going to be huge, it's going to celebrate how much Dallas rules, and it's going to be the best $15 you'll ever spend in your life. Forty artists will be playing until 2 a.m., with sets sprawling across Deep Ellum, occupying the long-standing venues and a few faithful bars. If you're living life correctly, you'll already be in Deep Ellum since it's a Saturday, so go ahead and join up with some of Dallas' best bands (according to us — who you trust, right?)

Between the Buried and Me
7 p.m. Sunday, December 6, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St.,, $25-30

Between the Buried and Me is one of the most adventurous bands making music today, an experimental-metal act in thrall to a grab-bag of influences ranging from King Crimson and Emerson Lake & Palmer to Dream Theater and Mars Volta. Like Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon, the band's arrangements are equally intricate and explosive. Moments of great atmospheric beauty abut grimy bass throb and firestorms of guitar while frontman Tommy Rogers alternates between clean vocals and feral howls. Chris Parker
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