Welcome to the working week, folks. There's more than a few shows you should keep on your docket in the days ahead. Brit rockers Temples are taking their talents to where Big Things Happen, one half of the surviving Beatles is in town (Ringo, yes, but, a Beatle no less), the powerful voice of Sam Smith is sure to cause a small flood at the House of Blues, and be sure to check out some alternative hip-hop: Busdriver and clipping. are headed to Dada and Goldlink opens for SBTRKT at the House of Blues.Aviator With Rescuer and Seasons Change, 7 p.m. Monday, October 6, at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St.,, 214-747-4422 or http://www.sonsofhermann.com, $8
The emo revival is alive and well and Aviator are pumping some blood right into its veins. The "emotional hardcore" band from Merrimack Valley released their first albumHead in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt
in August through No Sleep Records. This was only after they'd offered up a smattering of EPs, a demo and even a covers record dating all the way to 2009 though. No sleep indeed. They've been churning out a healthy amount of music and perhaps their time has come with the aforementioned revival of the sound they fall into. Maybe in a year or so, these guys will play a venue like Club Dada or Three Links, but for now catch them at one of Sons of Herman Hall's infrequent but always quality shows, screaming their asses off.
Hailing from Australia, the Preatures are a hell of a fun band. Their groovy songs are enough to force Ebenezer Scrooge himself to get up and dance with a smile on his face. Though that would be a scene of high flattery, look no further than the Preatures' five-album record deal with Mercury Records Australia for an endorsement of their talent. In order to ink that type of agreement in 2014, you have to really have some skills. If the band's debut,Blue Planet Eyes
, is any indication, Mercury made the right choice putting faith in the Preatures. They'll be along for quite some time making us all feel jolly and like shakin' it to the beat.HDBTemples With the Districts, 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $20
When such alternative rock icons as Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher started calling Temples the best new band in Britain, people began to take notice. But it's not just star quality word of mouth that makes the duo of singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Edward James Walmsley so special. (It's not because of their pair of mouthfuls for names, either, although those don't hurt.) The band's version of indie psychedelic pop mines all the right influences (the Beatles, the Move, the Byrds) and updates them quite nicely. The band's full-length debut,Sun Structures
, came out last February, has received accolades in England and begun making inroads in the States as well. Catching what well could be the next big thing is as much of a reason to attend this show as the fine music of Temples itself. But don't just take our word for it.Darryl SmyersBrave Combo 7 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at 8525 Garland Rd, 214-515-6615 , http://www.dallasarboretum.org/, $10-$25
Founded in the music-centric town of Denton, Brave Combo has been a fixture in North Texas for quite some time. For roughly three decades the quintet has offered their unique and often dance-ready takes on everything from covers of the Rolling Stones to samba to original polka songs. They even won a Grammy in the Best Polka category in 1999 for their albumPolkasonic
. Though their style of play won't earn them the type of widespread accolades as [insert pop star here], the band inspired Bob Dylan at one point and made an appearance onThe Simpsons
at the creator's request. By most everyone's standards, those are pretty high honors.HDBSam Smith With Broods, 9 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas,
You may have heard of Sam Smith, the singer-songwriter from across the pond. Hopefully, you've heard his voice, too. It's a truly beautiful thing and I'm almost certain that the heavens open up every time he sings a note. His hit single "Stay With Me" shattered theBillboard
charts, and probably some glass along the way. His debut, In The Lonely Hour
is a bleak as it sounds: Tales of heartbreak and unrequited love dominate the album. This is what you need to check out if you're interested in pop music's most preeminent vocalist since Adele. If you don't already have a ticket Live Nation is allowing resales through their website...at $245-$330 a piece.HDBBusdriver With Clipping, Milo and Kenny Segal, 8 p.m., Friday, October 10 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $12
Fun fact about Busdriver: The L.A.-based rapper was introduced to hip-hop at age 7, because his dad wrote the screenplay to 1985'sKrush Groove
, a film inspired by the early years of up-and-coming rap producer Russell Simmons, who actually co-produced and appeared in the movie. Doesn't that strike you as something Kanye would do, co-producing a movie with a main character based on himself? In any case, Busdriver has more or less been rapping his entire life, having been a fixture in L.A.'s underground scene since he was a teenager. His latest record,Perfect Hair
, features cameos from the likes of Aesop Rock and Danny Brown, but it's really more interesting in how it more or less blows up genre expectations. It's a weird record, and stuffy purists will probably have a lot to find fault with it--in a lot of ways, it comes across like someone rapping over the soundtrack to some weird Xbox 360 game you downloaded at 3 a.m. Or, like, if Stereolab were actually a bunch of black dudes. If any of that makes sense, then you'll want to catch Busdriver when he visits Club Dada.Steve StewardRadioactivity With Street Arabs and Codetalkers, 8 p.m., Friday, October 10 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. Dallas, TX, threelinksdeepellum.com, http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com/, $18-$10
A great punk song doesn't have to be long at all. Actually, the sweet spot tends to be two and a half minutes, or even less than that if you really know what you're doing. (It's punk, after all.) The longest song on Radioactivity's self-titled album from last year clocks in at three minutes and 17 seconds. This ain't your Pink Floyd and it sure as hell ain't a jazz standard. Denton's Radioactivity is fast and quick and efficient, a dream for any punk fan who's more into the Ramones than the pop-punk that the genre eventually gave life to.HDBRingo Starr & His All Starr Band 7 p.m., Saturday, October 11, at the Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com $29.50-$129.50
Beginning in 1989 and done off and on ever since, Ringo Starr has collected a group of relatively well-known sidemen and proceeded to serve as master of ceremonies over a jukebox of hits from the '70s and '80s. This time around, it's (among others) Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rolie of Journey and Todd Rundgren who will be backing up the former drummer of the Beatles. Sadly, many in attendance would rather hear Starr sing such solo chestnuts as "Photograph," "It Don't Come Easy" and Beatles' songs than anything from Toto or Journey. Granted, Rundgren's "I Saw The Light" is just the kind of pop-friendly fare that Paul McCartney and John Lennon used to write for Starr in the first place. Of course, Macca himself will be passing through Dallas just a couple days after Starr, but don't count on an onstage reunion. (He'll be in New Orleans that night.)DSWo Fat With the Great Electric Quest, Red Wizard, Crypt Trip, FOGG, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $10
Wo Fat is fuzzy, fuzzier than a sweet Georgia peach. The Dallas band has made a name for itself with some delightfully heavy psychedelic stoner rock. The riffs are huge and come down like thunder. Though they have their moments at creating an environment that may make you feel like you're in the midst of impending doom, the band is at their best when they hit long stretches of a jam or groove. Nothing wrong with a little sunshine amongst the thunder.HDB
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