It's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. You can do a number of things to pay homage to the civil rights activist like watch Selma, read up on his legacy or just plain be nice to one another. I suggest buying and reading How To Be Black, a satirical book of essays on race by former The Onion editor Baratunde Thurston. You will laugh, you will cry and you might even dream. There also happens to be a ton of concerts this week you can see with people of different creeds and codes, which is probably what Dr. King would've like best.
The Funky Knuckles have been together for over six years. The fusion jazz band released an album called Meta-Musica in 2014 that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes' jazz charts on the first day of its release. Together, they Knuckles are a force to be reckoned with. That's because, individually, they're all seasoned players who've worked with superstars like Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, Puff Daddy and the Polyphonic Spree.H. Drew BlackburnBeats & Booze With Blue, the Misfit and DJ Niro, 10 p.m. Tuesday January 20, at Andy's Bar, 122 North Locust Street, Denton, TX, Free
You may be familiar with Blue, the Misfit as one of Dallas' most decorated up-and-coming musicians. Aside from being a producer and rapper, he's also a DJ who sets up shop at clubs all around North Texas. Every Tuesday, he and DJ Niro head north of the dial to Denton and tag team a DJ night at Andy's Bar. It's a night full of loud rap and electronic tracks and, most importantly, cheap drink specials. Head on out to get the club going up on a Tuesday.HDBSuper Bob 8:00 pm, Wednesday, January 21, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd Dallas, TX., gasmonkeybarandgrill.com, Free
Super Bob claims to play 240 shows a year, so they either really, really love what they do or really, really hate themselves. Either way, that's a lot of work, which is commendable. The Washington, D.C.-based rock band has released three albums in their career. Their live shows are said to be an energetic experience, which is to be expected from a heavier rock band that incorporates rapping and slight elements of electronica.HDB Billy Joel 8 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at American Airlines Center, 2550 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $70-$146.81
Billy Joel is a music icon. He is a New York icon. When we talk about music from the Big Apple, Joel's music is forever cemented in its foundation. With songs like "You May Be Right", "New York State of Mind" and "The Piano Man" (which has since become Joel's nickname), his music has stood the test of time, no matter what the haters would have you believe. There's a reason why he is the only musical artist in history to hold residency in an ARENA -- a fact made more awe-inspiring because the arena in question is none other than Madison Square Garden (where Joel plays once a month). Joel has it all: class, style, and attitude. To hold such sway over the hard-to-please New York City audience is a testament to Joel's ability both as a songwriter and a showman. This week, Joel takes a break from holding domain over NYC to come to Dallas' American Airlines Center and bring a little bit of the Big Apple to the Big D.James Khubiar
Giraffage With Spazzkid, Datahowler, 8 p.m., Thursday, January 22, at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street, threelinksdeepellum.com, $13-$15 Charlie Yin is a smart guy, smaaaart guyyyy. He graduated from the University of California, Berkley with a degree in Political Economics. Still, you've got to follow your passion and things of that sort, so he became a musician and adopted the name, Giraffage. Currently, he's signed to the independent taste-making label, Fool's Gold. Girrafage's music features sample based electronica, which is all the rage with the kids these days. HDBThis Will Destroy You With True Widow, 7 p.m., Friday, January 23, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $19-$30
Back home to deliver a night as heavy as they are high(ly acclaimed), This Will Destroy You will take the Dallas audience by the brain through their ears once more without singing a word. Well, TWDY is actually from Austin, but whatever; it always feels like a homecoming when they're in town. Anyone that can handle an onslaught of meditative crescendos upon his or her eardrums and retinas (add one or more senses depending on what you're on) should be at this show. This performance follows their fourth album, Another Language, and precedes a West Coast-ish tour. Start times are fuzzy, but the saturation of pot smoke around the building will be the most accurate indicator for when the show is about to kick off.Anita RiotThundercat With topic, Roger Sellers, 8 p.m., Friday, January 23, at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street, threelinksdeepellum.com, $3 with RSVP
Multi-genre bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, better known by the moniker Thundercat, has cultivated a new type of music versatility in the underground music sector. His 2013 full-length Apocalypse, featuring executive producer Flying Lotus, is a mixed canvas of genre-blending sounds that includes jazz, pop, funk, electronic and rock that challenges the "seen it all, done it all" stasis of contemporary music. Noted for acclaimed collaborative work with Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt and West Coast punk band Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat knows how to translate complex music into emotionally engaging messages. He will be joined by indomitable Dallas rapper -topic and multi-instrumentalist Roger Sellers as part of the Red Bull Sound Select series, its first installment of 2015.Morganne CameronSomebody's Darling With The Roomsounds and Natural Anthem 7 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., thekessler.org, $16-$32
How could Dallas be Dallas without some top-notch Americana? It's inconceivable, really. Somebody's Darling falls along those lines with their rootsy blues sound. Adult Roommates, the band's latest album, was produced with the help of Matt Pence (drummer for Centro-Matic) and Beau Bedford (formerly of Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights and producer for Larry g(EE)). The culmination is an expert use of lead singer Amber Farris' strong voice and a masterful take on old-time Southern rock 'n' roll.HDBWinter Jamboree With Seeker, Artifex Piero, In Search of Sight, A Tragedy at Hand, Design of Destiny, Silent Planet, 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15-$20
Jamborees are large celebratory parties that are boisterous in nature. Think of the all-white Puff Daddy party or one of the one billion pathetic attempts Gatsby made at getting his one true love, Daisy, back in his arms. They're also gatherings for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts -- or really, just a big ass party. Trees has a Winter Jamboree on the docket with loud, gnarly music to warm you up from the frigid January weather. Dallas-based heavy metal band Seeker is set to headline along with Louisville, Kentucky post-hardcore band Artifex Piero and Los Angeles metalheads Silent Planet on the bill as well. Local metal is ultimately the cause for celebration in this case, though: In Search of Sight from Arlington, A Tragedy at Hand out of Irving and Dallas's own Design of Destiny are all in the building. It's basically Trees' version of the Dallas Headbangers Ball going on here.HDBThe Suffers With the Tontons and Fat Tony, 8 p.m. Sunday, January 25 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $10-$13
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Y'all best watch out, Dallas. H-Town just sent three of their best bands into town to let you know what's going down on the Third Coast. There's Fat Tony, one of the most exciting names in indie hip-hop who's toured extensively for the past few years and has appeared on pretty much every festival bill in the U.S. There's the indie darlings the Tontons, who have been name-checked in Grantland articles, played Fun Fun Fun Fest and are one single away from taking over the airwaves. And finally there's the night's headliners, the 10-piece neo-soul outfit the Suffers who are dropping a brand-new EP at this show which you're definitely going to want to own. The sky's the limit for these guys; just wait till NPR catches on to them.JPF
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