The 10 Best Concerts this Week: Yo La Tengo, Lamb of God & More

This week, we learned that all it takes to rekindle your fading rap career is deny heliocentrism. We can only hope that in the coming months we see some marketing moves such as refuting the laws of gravity and conservation of mass. But, if you're looking to distract yourself from the #Truth, head to the Granada and catch Indie Rock icons Yo La Tengo or head-bang with Lamb of God at The Bomb Factory. And if you waited too long to get tickets for Bryson Tiller, next time take his crucial advice: Don't.

8 p.m. Monday, February 1, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St, Dallas, $10

Marrow songs, at first, have a deceptively simple structure. On a track like "Fool," it starts with two simple guitar chords and the paper-thin vocal delivery of Macie Stewart. But when the first chorus hits, there are hints of prog rock and math rock, with technical guitar runs that retain the strong melody of the song. The Chicago group has a deep variety of songs that include alternating with male/female vocals and even throwing in some Glockenspiel when the mood is right, so expect the unexpected. Matt Wood

Mikey Rodge and Jumbii
10 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, at Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave., Free

Mikey Rodge has made a name for himself in his seven years as a DJ. He headlined Lights All Night in 2012, and has played alongside RJD2, XXYYXX and many more. But he's never been in it for the accolades — Mikey has only had one mission from the get go. He wants to make people dance, and he's unquestionably mastered his craft. MW

8 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $25

Since the dawn of man, cooler-than-you electronic music has come from one place in particular: France. Madeon continues the tradition with their futuristic, glimmering electronic house music. Vocals are reminiscent of Phoenix (also French, of course) and the beats have that blend of artificial and natural sound that will inevitably always be compared to Daft Punk. But don't let the obvious influences turn you off from the duo, because the combination they've created is wildly inventive. MW

Alessia Cara
With Kevin Garrett and Craig Strickland, 8 p.m. Thursday, February 4, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, Sold out

Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara may have flown under your radar in 2015, but she isn’t going to settle for that in 2016. The 19-year-old was on tour for the majority of the year prior, and has several upcoming sold-out shows on the remainder of her North American tour dates. Cara will head out for a small European tour during prime Texas festival season later this year (read: March). Her breakout single, “Here,” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 25 weeks in a row, sitting at No. 5 this week, just under two Justin Bieber songs and Adele’s “Hello.” (NBD.) Her debut album, Know It All, came out in November 2015 and boasts anthems for every young introverted girl in the world. Cara made a guest appearance on the last leg of Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour last year, ending in the two singing “Here” together, melting hearts of all pop-loving fan girls everywhere. Sara Button

Bryson Tiller
8 p.m. Thursday, February 5, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., SOLD OUT

Bryson Tiller's debut, T R A P S O U L, sounds like it was written by an established artist in his prime. The Kentucky R&B artist's rise came seemingly out of nowhere, and his Dallas show is entirely sold out, with scalped tickets starting at the steep price of $150. At first it might seem like Tiller is piggybacking on last year's surge in melody-driven rap (See: Fetty Wap, Travis Scott). But Tiller's vocal talent doesn't ever seem like an afterthought, and his melodies are infectious and catchy. His lyrics are petty in a fashion similar to Drake, but he maintains an undercurrent of regret and second-guessing as he sings about lavish lifestyles and the one who got away. MW

Lamb of God
With Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or, $35-$60

How does participating in a Wall of Death sound? If you’re already nervous, this show is not for you. The ritual of one-upping the mosh pit by parting their massive audiences in half and then having them run toward each other with reckless abandonment during the drop of a song is just one of the components to a thrashing and iconic Lamb of God concert. Their intense live performances have helped them remain at the top of American metal for over 20 years and it doesn’t hurt that they have an ever-evolving discography rich with Billboard-chart topping and Grammy-nominated albums. Lamb of God faithfuls will certainly make their way to The Bomb Factory but this isn’t a top-heavy affair. This is a stacked bill featuring two exciting up-and-coming bands: The critically acclaimed and genre-bending Deafheaven will open, along with local favorite hardcore outfit Power Trip, so get there early. Mikel Galicia 

Yo La Tengo
8 p.m., Friday, February 5, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or $27-$48

Yo La Tengo have produced over a dozen albums since forming in the mid-‘80s. They've never gone away, putting out records that reflect a love for Top 40 joy and the harshness of noise. They don't have hits in the classic sense, just a major reputation and reverence for people who remember the college rock format. Last year's Stuff Like That There is a cover-heavy affair, for which the band does tunes ranging from Hank Williams Sr. to the Cure. They remain one of the most reliable indie rock bands around, and don't sleep on a chance to see them. If you've seen them as a trio over the years, this time out is a little more special: Original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band last year, along with original members Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley and longtime bassist James McNew, adding some extra oomph to the band's live sound. The show starts kind of early for a Friday, but if you're going to this, you know you don't want to miss a minute. Eric Grubbs

Naughty By Nature
8 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., $20

Naughty By Nature has taken a long and winding road to make it to 2016. In the '90s, the group hit gold with the classic "O.P.P." Though possibly helped along by the Jackson 5 sample, the song was an undeniable showcase of the group's talent and helped make their self-titled debut go platinum. But in 2002, in-fighting over financial issues eventually led to a disbandment until 2006. Between then and now, there was another break up over money but that's neither here nor there — the point is, this living '90s hip-hop group legend is coming to Dallas, and hopefully they'll help you forget that the aughts ever happened. MW

Monte Montgomery
7 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., $20-39

Though it might sound cliche, Monte Montgomery's career surfaced in the unlikeliest way. He was picked to play for a taping of Austin City Limits, and though he was almost entirely unknown before the taping, things would never be the same afterward. His guitar talents have been recognized and immortalized on "Top 50 Guitarists" lists, but he doesn't want that to overshadow his singing. Instead of flexing his guitarist chops, he instead makes music that's enjoyable for any level of listener, not just a student of virtuosos. We can assure you, it's miles better than enduring eight-minute guitar solos. MW

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Blake Ward
10 p.m. Sunday, February 7, at Double-Wide, 3510 Commerce St., Free

Blake Ward is one of the busiest DJs in Dallas, with four different weekly events and recently taking up the management of his new Four Four Booking agency. He has a longstanding Saturday night Glamorama gig at Beauty Bar, plays every Friday at Boxwood or Zaza, hosts a newish party called Jamz at Doublewide on Sundays and still finds time to branch out to new arenas with his techno-inspired Thursday night party at Red Light Lounge. As far as promotion goes, Ward is relentless, a perfect example of how to connect, inform and grow a DJ audience. Wanz Dover
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