Dallas, do not be alarmed. I know this is a shift in your regular scheduled programming. Your eyes do not deceive you, we are indeed rolling out your weekly concerts post on a Monday, rather than the usual Thursday post. We're trying out something a little different. From here on out, we will have your best live music picks of the week ready for you every Monday morning, but we'll still have a regular Thursday post of concert picks for the weekend as well. We're hoping this new set up makes it easier to plan your week, and harder to miss the gems on Dallas' weekly show calendar. So start your Monday off turned up to 11, with our eleven best concert picks for this week.Angel Olson Monday, February 24, at Three Links
Chicago-based songstress Angel Olsen has written one of the most critically acclaimed indie rock albums of the year with "Burn Your Fire for No Witness". This week at Three Links, Olsen brings her melancholy charm and jangly guitar to a Dallas audience.Vanessa QuilantanJonathan Wilson Tuesday, February 25, at Dada
Working in a new vein of songwriters who fell in love with the clarity and simplicity of '70s folk titans, Jonathan Wilson brings remarkable wisdom to his craft. He's working on a Roy Harper tribute album alongside people like Will Oldham and Dawes, and that tells you most of what you need to know.
Leslie Hall is a whole lot of woman. She owns many jazzy gem-adorned sweatshirts, looks bewitching in blue eye shadow, and makes very strange yet completely hypnotizing comedic pop music. If you like Tim and Eric, this is better than that.VQTerminator 2 Wednesday, February 26, at Three Links
King Camel Productions have been doing Deep Ellum right with their Local Education series at Three Links. They consistently highlight some of Dallas music's most interesting new voices, and their sixth installment will be no different. Terminator 2, Vulgar Fashion, and Hex Cult share the bill this week. All three acts are known for engaging and visceral live shows, making this one of the week's best curated lineups.VQSharon Jones and The Dap Kings Thursday, February 27, at Granada Theater
True, grooving and heart-tugging soul music is enjoying a remarkable run these days. Buzzed-about bands such as Alabama Shakes, Mayer Hawthorne and St. Paul and the Broken Bones have blended R&B, blues, rock and roots to create a verdant form of the sound Motown and Stax artists perfected decades ago. Recent releases from Charles Bradley and Lee Fields and the Expressions have only added to the richness of the soul-trove. But it's not a stretch to suggest that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have provided the gateway for rock, indie and hip-hop fans to shake their butt through as they dig into the exciting crop of artists baring solid soul. Jones isn't new to this, by any means. While Jones has been recording with the Dap Kings for over a decade, it is the collective's most recent release,Give the People What they Want
, which represents perhaps their strongest statement to date. Though it was recorded before she underwent intense (and successful) treatment for Pancreatic Cancer last year, it's impossible to not feel the joy of victory in what Rolling Stone calls "an instant soul-party." The story here isn't Jones' health - it's her spirit, and indeed, her strength of soul.Kelly DearmorePixies Friday, February 28, at South Side Music Hall
Asked if it felt strange recording material and writing new songs twenty-five years from the first Pixies release, guitarist Joey Santiago says, "It was no different from what we did in the past. It's like, 'What time am I fixing the overdubs? What time am I fixing my shit?'" Santiago thinks such a consistent approach comes from the band's blue-collar background. "We're from New England, we still have that work ethic, y'know? We're all working class band members. The hardest thing other bands did was try to look poor."Gavin CleaverFOR THE LOVE OF BRUCE or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About ASCAP and Love The Boss Friday, February 28, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
You can't start a fire without a spark. No one knows that better than Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton. When they were slapped with licensing fines from the ASCAP, they decided to educate the region's general live music patron population on the ways big publishing unjustly fines venue owners with themed cover nights. This Friday, it's The Boss. So throw that six string on your back, throw an American flag bandanna in the back pocket of your skin tight Dungarees, and strut your ass on down to RGRS. Share your favorite Springsteen cover, and learn about how evil the music industry is.VQThe Expendables Saturday, March 1, at House Of Blues
Santa Cruz's Expendables is a hard band to knock. Sure, the band's fusion of reggae and rock is fairly generic, but it is also damn catchy. Sometimes, it's nice to just sit back, sip your favorite beverage and nod your head to the never-ending groove. These guys have been producing their blend of ska and surf rock for the better part of two decades and their whimsy is fairly contagious. It also helps that the Expendables have a solid sense of humor that permeates all six of the band's albums, including 2012's acoustic offeringGone Soft
. Offering pleasant tunes that are totally absent any sense of danger or urgency, the Expendables easily live up to the name. On any given Saturday night, however, the band can offer a couple hours of music specifically made not to think about.Darryl SmyersRoky Erickson Saturday, March 1, at Granada Theater
Of all the places in the world to spawn the most enduring fringes of psychedelic rock, Texas does not seem a likely candidate. But thanks in no small part to Roky Erickson and his 13th Floor Elevator bandmates, that's exactly what happened. You don't need to dig deep for the great feats of rock 'n' roll: He allegedly dropped out of high school rather than cut his hair, and he definitely avoided a prison sentence for marijuana possession with a plea of insanity. Long established as a solo artist, he comes to Dallas with fellow Austinites The Black Angels - a powerful band in its own right and in fact the night's headliner. What's it like having the man who made your career possible opening for you?Kiernan MaletskyIshi Saturday, March 1, at Trees
This weekend, JT Mudd's long active house-influenced indie dance project, Ishi will headline in Deep Ellum. The bill is stacked with support from local talent Home By Hovercraft, Zhora (which features former Ishi vocalist, Taylor Rhea), and At Night. This is sure to be a strong night for Dallas synth pop.VQSuper Fresh Local Fest Sunday, March 2, at Club Dada
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This Sunday mini-fest promises to be "a celebration of all things local and fresh- including music, food, art, and small independent businesses". Proceeds from this event will go toward Homegrown Festival and the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, but the lineup itself is enough reason to make it out for this one. Dead Flowers, The Auxiliary Voice, Madison King The Van Sanchez, Bad Mountain, and Katie Carroll will share the stage.VQ