For students, this week likely marks the end of another summer and the beginning of overpriced text books and early-morning alarms. It's a farewell to late nights and lazy mornings, maybe, but not to great shows. Lose the blues and indulge in one last hurrah or three with the likes of Ace Frehley, Kenny Rogers, Snoop Dogg and more.
With NILE, After the Burial, Suffocation and more, 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Gas Monkey Live!, 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., $28 to $50.
The self-proclaimed “Most Extreme Tour of the Year” is on its way for the 10th year running. That's a long time to be extreme. The Summer Slaughter Tour has been slaying metal fans since 2007 and has been one of the only tours to provide a venue and platform for the more savage music fans among us, and this year's visit to Dallas should be no different. The event, which will be held at Gas Monkey Live!, promises to dish out as much brutality as its fans can handle. And with Cannibal Corpse as its headliner, the tour's musical offerings will range from progressive metal, to death metal and deathcore. For an event that will feature 10 metal acts, including NILE, After the Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail, Ingested, and Enterprise Earth, this is sure to be one hardcore helluva time. Molly Mollotova
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501, or thebombfactory.com, $44 to $54.
Hailing from Copenhagen, fusion group Volbeat blends the likes of rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and metal — even when covering pop punk band Teenage Bottlerocket's song "Rebound" on their latest album Seal The Deal and Let's Boogie, released a couple of months back. They've also recently acquired former Anthrax member Rob Caggiano to lend his hand on guitar. Their novel approach serves many well who are looking for something in between traditional rock and heavy metal, and possibly to raise their heart rate and get their fists pumping along the way. Diamond Victoria
7 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, or treesdallas.com, $15.
In the increasingly complicated zoology of indie rock, the tracks of artistic San Francisco outfit Deerhoof remain easy to spot but difficult to follow. At times they resemble playful finger-painting, at others, emotive and abstract expressionism. Atop the Sonic Youth-inspired structures of guitarist John Dieterich and the minimalist percussion of Greg Saunier, Satomi Matsuzaki, who musically resembles a cross between Yoko Ono and Ralph Wiggum, sporadically spills her childlike vocals that vary from pure gibberish to haiku-like poetry from the perspective of a dog. It's up to you to decide whether it's completely brilliant or complete bullshit (though all evidence suggests the former). Austin Powell
With Simo and Scorpion Child, 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at Gas Monkey Bar Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $25-$750.
Are you tired of Gene Simmons grabbing all the glory when it comes to capitalizing on the insane success of KISS? What about the other members of the band? They deserve more, if not most, of the credit for taking the band of makeup wearing musicians to such lofty heights. Guitarist Ace Frehley not only helped shape the sound that made KISS a juggernaut of rock 'n' roll starting in the mid-1970s, he’s also carved out his own solo career starting in 1987 with his first post-KISS project, Frehley’s Comet, followed by three solo albums in between KISS reunions. Frehley’s next solo album is on the way and he’s celebrating its upcoming release with another tour that includes a stop at Gas Monkey Live! What are the chances, though, that he makes a stop at Simmons and Paul Stanley's new Rock & Brews in The Colony? Danny Gallagher
Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick
6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 18, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111, or gexaenergypavilion.net.
Not a lot of shows taking place outside in August are worth dealing with the Texas heat. After all, it's triple digits out there right now, and brushing up against sticky, sweaty concert goers is more than a little off-putting. And while Joan Jett and Cheap Trick shared a stage a couple of years back for Richardson's Wildflower Fest, power-ballad queens Heart rarely stop this far from the Oklahoma border, making it safe to say a little perspiration never hurt anyone. That' DV
With Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates and Jhene Aiko, 7 p.m. Friday, August 19 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave, 214-421-1111 or dallaspavilion.org, $30-$110.
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are a hip-hop Cheech and Chong duo made in heaven. Their Summer ’16 High Road Tour is hardly the first time the two superstar rappers have collaborated. In 2012, the two co-starred in the straight-to-DVD film Mac and Devin Go to High School, and even though the film was generally panned by critics they at least walked away with one of the biggest songs of each of their careers with “Young, Wild & Free” from the film’s soundtrack. The two look to reignite that chemistry for this mega concert as the legendary Snoop Dogg delivers classic hits from his storied career while Khalifa performs his own anthemic hits to his ever-growing fan base. Southern rap renaissance man Kevin Gates and soothing R&B singer Jhene Aiko round out this heavy-hitting summer concert. Mikel Galicia
9 p.m., Friday, August 19, at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-0262, $17.
For nearly two decades, DJ/producers Mark Yardley and Dominic Butler have carved their own path through U.K. dance music, forging a distinctive sound pitched somewhere between garage and breakbeat, with touches of deep house, electro and drum ’n’ bass. With the rise of younger garage-inspired acts such as Disclosure, everything old is new again, so the Bristol duo’s trademark, bass-heavy approach sounds fresher than it has in years. On their latest album, the just-released Rebel Bass, Stanton Warriors tweak that signature sound just enough to keep things interesting. Andy Hermann
With Linda Davis, 8 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $39.75-$99.
"You've got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them," Kenny Rogers sang on "The Gambler," and he's living by those words as he embarks on his final world tour, The Gambler's Last Deal. The Houston-born legend has decided, finally, to fold them after the conclusion of this two-year international round-up, in order to spend more time with his family. Expect this nostalgia extravaganza to spend ample time looking back to the origins of Rogers' career, including 24 No. 1 hits, but expect him to also reach back for some gems he hasn't performed in ages. Between the fan favorites and dusted-off classics, plus some delightfully folksy anecdotes, you have yourself a crowd-pleasing farewell from the eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. Verizon Theatre will perfectly set the stage for this country-pop crossover, who was one of the first country guys to start selling out arenas. You'll want to catch him on those big Verizon screens because he may not be running around as much as he once could. His lack of mobility on the stage influenced his desire to retire, as well as his lack of appeal to a younger country audience. So, say your final goodbye to the Country Music Hall of Famer, but remember: "There'll be time enough for counting when the dealing's done." Hillary Juster
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7 p.m., Saturday, August 20, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111, or gexaenergypavilion.net, $34-$59.
Yes, today's young country can also sometimes rock without it sounding silly and forced, and few acts in that realm do it with as much punch and polish as Dierks Bentley. He leans far enough outside the Nashville tried-and-true to eschew a cowboy-hat topper and play an electric six-string onstage, but he still proverbially drinks at the local honky-tonk when it comes to content. His stage routines may sometimes come with a wee smattering of shredded Nashville processed cheese on top, but his music also has enough beef to raise a rockin' ruckus. Rob Patterson
Ruby the RabbitFoot
With Sudie, 8 p.m., Sunday, August 21, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., or threelinksdeepellum.com, $7-$10.
Ruby the RabbitFoot has traded buoyant folk-pop for something a little more eclectic with hints of synth, hip hop, jazz and electronica on her new album Divorce Party, released just a few days ago. The album reflects a nasty break up, like most albums do, but it's obvious she's etched herself a new musical future. Experimenting with new sounds and armored with a new attitude, RabbitFoot's journey has nothing to with luck but all to do with talent. Starting off the set is one of Dallas's most up-and-coming artists, Sudie. DV