The 11 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: December 19 to 25

Last week on Fox News, anchor Megyn Kelly took it upon herself to advise the children of America that Santa is in fact Caucasian. Tasteless? Yes. Unnecessary? Absolutely. Racist? Of course. But no one could've predicted how wrong she'd be proven when just a few days later, Santa would prove to be a black woman named Beyoncé.

In the last week, Beyoncé has sold over a million iTunes copies of the surprise-released self-titled visual album she's been prepping in secret all year. If you can pry yourself away from the new material, or its incredibly sexy accompanying music videos this week- you'll be glad to know there's plenty of great shows in town leading up to Christmas. Keep the eggnog flowing Dallas, and have a wonderful holiday from all of us here at DC9 At Night.


8 Ball & MJG Thursday, December 19, at Carnaval As one of Southern rap's mainstays, 8 Ball & MJG have had a very long and successful career. This month, they're touring the South to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album, Comin Out Hard. Local support from DJ Sober, Wordlife, Tunk, and many more will open the show. Vanessa Quilantan

Supreme La Rock Thursday, December 19, at The Crown & Harp Seattle's Supreme La Rock is just the latest in an impressive run of guests at Too Fresh Productions' weekly vinyl spin at Crown & Harp. La Rock is currently the DJ for the Seattle Seahawks, but he has a long history of championing vinyl. Kiernan Maletsky

Kopecky Family Band Thursday, December 19, at Live Oak Music Hall, Fort Worth The Kopecky Family Band is not an actual family like, say, the gang in Eisley. In fact, the only Kopecky in this band is Kelsey, who is one of the singers. They view this name differently than most because they believe music can make a family as easily as blood can. "My Way" off their latest album, Kids Raising Kids, takes your assumptions about what a Nashville-based band should sound like, tosses them in a blender and gleefully hits puree. This dreamy, doo-wop-tinged number explodes into rocking choruses and features a horn section that suddenly appears in a manner reminiscent of the wedding scene from Love, Actually. And all the while, Kopecky's echoing vocals sound like an apparition calling out to you in the middle of the night. Country, Americana and folk tunes are fine, but that's not what this Family is all about. Brian Palmer

Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Fam-o-lee Christmas Show Thursday, December 19, at House of Blues Americana music can hardly have a better representative than Houston's Robert Earl Keen. Besides the plethora of quality country and folk music the guy has released over the past four decades, Keen's semi-annual holiday concerts have become known as both family-friendly and raucously celebratory. This time around, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines are along for the ride, making this show a glorious triple bill of talented pickers and grinners. Along with the usual Christmas favorites, expect a ton of secular songs that revel in all things rural and covertly revolutionary. Darryl Smyers

Foxtrot Uniform Friday, December 20, at Double-wide The band started by Kenny Uptain and Kelly Test has evolved into a five-piece, with members from Fort Worth and Dallas and a sound spanning from straight-ahead rock & roll to R&B-inflected pop. KM

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