The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/9 - 5/11

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Hey now, weather. Knock it off, you hear? It's almost the weekend, and we don't need any more tricks, like that tornado business you thought was so damn funny. (Joke's on you because we have Special Weather Reports on our side.) No matter though; from now through Sunday, we're looking at the prospect of some fine sunshine and clear skies to wipe away the mind-numbing boredom that drags us into our usual workweek malaises. What better way to live it up than with one of the many shows taking place around Dallas?

Lady Antebellum With Billy Currington and David Nail, 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 or gexaenergypavilion.net

For Lady Antebellum's Hilary Scott, fame came her way through a roundabout path. With the musical chops to outdo her female industry peers, Scott auditioned for American Idol twice and never even made it to the judges' round in the audition process. But like any underdog tale, she continued to pursue music -- and follow in the footsteps of her famous mother, singer Linda Davis -- eventually joining forces with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to form Lady Antebellum. Named for a style of houses, the country music trio has steadily increased with popularity among fans and credibility among critics since forming in 2006. Their most well-known song has to be the Grammy Award-winning "Need You Now," a drunken booty call of a tune that revels in the sort of poor decision-making that develops after one too many whiskeys.

Paige Skinner
Old Man Markley With Whiskey Folks Ramblers and Hazardous Dukes, 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com

In 2011, after an eventful day at Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, Los Angeles-based Old Man Markley, a self-proclaimed "punk bluegrass" outfit performed one of the festival's many late-night after-party shows at the Mohawk in the Red River area of Austin's downtown. The band's 2013 album, the fun, stomping Down Side Up is a banjo-fueled romp -- so much so that it's no surprise Markley's feverish approach has landed him on the roster of San Francisco's punk label Fat Wreck Chords.

Kelly Dearmore
Christina Perri With Birdy, 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas

There are no two ways about it: Christina Perri's songs reach down into your soul and wrap themselves around the very fibers of your being. Ever since her song "Jar of Hearts" was featured during the 2010 season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the megahit "A Thousand Years" landed on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 the following year, there has been no denying that Perri makes anything but disposable pop. Her new album, Head or Heart, only furthers this belief as the first single, "Human," finds Perri being unapologetic about her inability to be robotic and conformist while keeping her feelings and emotions hidden. Perri dazzles with her ability to switch from understated vocals to a powerful delivery at the drop of a hat. It's damn near impossible not to like a woman whose singing makes you feel so alive.

Brian Palmer

The GOASTT - "Animals" Video from stereogum on Vimeo.

Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger With Broncho, 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com Jakob, Lisa Marie, Arlo, Matthew, Gunnar and Miley. Each of these musicians has had to battle their twerking hearts out to emerge from the shadows of their beloved, iconic musical fathers. It may be just as well to pick a screwed-up band name to perform under. So while the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, has released albums under his own name, he's more recently been active as one half of the intensely psychedelic duo Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or GOASTT, alongside his romantic partner, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. There's no mistaking a bit of obvious sonic inheritance in GOASTT's latest release, Midnight Sun, a lush kaleidoscopic haze that, for better or worse, is reminiscent of John's gently epic Sgt. Pepper's-era work. Indeed, it will be worth catching this show for the aural effects more than it will be to stare at the son of a ghost. Kelly Dearmore

Homegrown Music and Art Festival With the Toadies, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and more, 11 a.m., at Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main St., www.homegrownfest.com

For the fifth Homegrown Music and Arts Festival, the event's parochial moniker might be truer than ever,. The two bands atop the bill this year, The Toadies and Austin's ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, are both acts that have long nurtured their local fan bases and risen to beloved Lone Star-centric acts deserving of the victory laps that this year's festival represents. After all, what better festival than one named "Homegrown" is there for two such bands to celebrate the anniversaries of their best albums? The Toadies will play the 20-year-old, regionally iconic Rubberneck, while Trail of Dead performs its 2002 masterwork, Source Tags and Codes. Other highlights will include Denton's Seryn and the always kick-ass Sarah Jaffe, plus Fort Worth's The Phuss and Calhoun. It's pretty sweet when widely-adored musical greatness just happens to be from around these parts.

Joe Ely With Ronnie Fauss and Colton O'Neill, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 10, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com

A native of West Texas, Joe Ely is the classic country rambler, having made his home in places as far flung as Los Angeles and Europe. But he's never peddled any one genre, with a rock-inflected style that's brought him into collaboration with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the Clash, whom he toured with back in the '70s. His early work with the Flatlanders has achieved a sort of cult status, but it's his longtime work as a solo artist in Austin (before it got hung up on Being Weird) that he made his name on, thanks to hits like "All My Love" and "Me and Billy the Kid," which has since become a country standard.

Jeff Gage
The Broadsiders With Ten Can Riot, Plissken, Enthusiasit, 9 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Double Wide, 3510 Commerce, 214-887-6510 or double-wide.com

Ugly, repellant punk rock is such a beautiful noise -- and Dallas' own Broadsiders go at it with passionate glee. Founded in 2006, this proudly unfashionable four-piece has released a couple of singles that somehow mix classic mid-'80s Oi! with something close to southern rock. Here's hoping that the crew have a full-length in the works. Songs such as "Southern Identity," "Modern Times" and "Mid-City Martyrs" are screaming to be collected on a mighty slab of vinyl and sold at the least respectable outlets imaginable.

Darryl Smyers
Official Homegrown After Party With Supersuckers, Descender, and Battleme, 10 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com

Shows like this are what separate the hardcore festival goers from the picnicing poseurs. After a long day standing around in the hot sun over in Main Street Garden Park, the Homegrown party will keep right on going, thanks to the afterparty over at Deep Ellum's Club Dada. And there should be a plenty rowdy payoff for those who shrug off the sun- and beer-induced fatigue, too, thanks to the anything-goes antics of Phoenix rockabilly-punks Supersuckers.

Wolfmother 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas

Andrew Stockdale has led Australia's Wolfmother for almost 15 years. In that time, Stockdale has basically reinvented the band on at least three occasions. Throughout it all, the band's retro, psychedelic metal muse has remained basically intact. The proof of such is on the recently released New Crown, another fine tribute to everything that is (sort of) great about Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Stockdale still can't sing to save his life, but the impressive deluge of tripped-out guitars more than compensates as New Crown sounds as vital as anything else in the band's sadly limited catalog.

Darryl Smyers
Kishi Bashi With Plume Giant and Chinaski the Fury, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com

Solo success was a bit of a circuitous affair for avant violinst Kishi Bashi. In fact, it was only a few years ago that "Kishi Bashi" came to be, that moniker being a play on Seattle native Kaoru Ishibashi's given name. Before that, Ishibashi spent years as a member of spacy ensemble Jupiter One and toured with the likes of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. As a solo artist, Ishibashi's Panda Bear-meets-Andrew Bird spasms found a mainstream audience in the form of Microsoft and Sony commercial deals. But that shouldn't be a surprise; Kishi Bashi is joyful noise.


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