The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/13-10/19

It's Monday and time to get back into the swing of things, but dearest DC9 reader, the swing of things for you is music. We've got a few shows we think would bode well with you this week. The one and only Sir Paul McCartney is playing at the American Airlines Center, Chevelle and Papa Roach are hitting the 'burbs at the Verizon Theatre, Bam Margera as Fuckface Unstoppable is going to be just that at Trees. And Charli XCX is gonna get all fancy at Trees. Here are your picks:

Paul McCartney 8 p.m. Monday, October 13 at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $59.50 - $253.75 You only get a handful of chances to see a Beatle who isn't Ringo, and this is one of them. The most successful post-Beatle (unless you count Ringo's marriage to Barbara Bach) managed to continue to create top-notch music well into the fourth decade of his career, maybe peaking with his groundbreaking work with Wings. Let's say thing again, Wings was groundbreaking. Band on the Run is an amazing album, and its title track and "Jet" are two of the best things McCartney ever did. (That includes all of his work as a Beatle.) He's a legend, and you should go see him, unless you don't want to due to those rumors.... I mean what does it matter anyway? Paul is dead after all. You're just watching McCartney-bot work his way through the hits, and whatever new song Starbucks programmed him to play last Christmas. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Saliva With Southbend Fearing, Serosia, Broken Silence, 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $16-21 Thanks to science, "saliva," the thing that lives in our mouths, will always dwarf Saliva, the band, in popularity. That's not to say Saliva hasn't had a few moments in the spotlight. The band's second album, and first on Island Def Jam, Every Six Seconds, went platinum, which is in large part due to the single "Click Click Boom." That song earned Saliva the distinction of being one of the most successful nü-metal bands back during the genre's peak. Nowadays, frontman Josey Scott is no longer in the band, as he quit to pursue a career as a Christian musician. Regardless, they still live on, with Bobby Amaru as the principal lead vocalist. H. Drew Blackburn

Drowners With Bully, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $12 Drowners are instantly likeable. Their music is sped-up jangle pop, like the Smiths or R.E.M. on Adderall, and singer Matthew Hitt could easily be compared to Julian Casablancas. They took their name from a Suede song and released an eponymous debut album early this year. The songs fly by quick and sound effortless, but really manage to stick in your head. Drowners have already toured in North America and Europe, supporting bands like Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Temples, so expect a set as strong as their recordings. Bully, a fun up-and-coming band from Nashville, opens and they more than hold their own. Led by songwriter, guitarist, singer, producer and engineer Alicia Bognanno, Bully is sharp garage-pop with great vocal melodies and intelligent lyrics. After a couple of strong EPs, expectations for their first album are high. Jeremy Hallock

Chevelle and Papa Roach With P.O.D., Starset, Crobot, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, TX, 972-854-5111,, $25-$45 At one point early in their career, Chevelle was considered a Christian rock band and received praise (pun intended) from a few Christian publications. Their albums were even sold in Christian bookstores and the like. Then they began to tour with bands with similar a sound, metal and then got denounced. And P.O.D. (which stands for the similarly religion-tinged Payable on Death) is a largely faith based band. The more you know. Even though Papa Roach seems to be the odd man out with the religious theme here, fans of alt-metal, nü-metal, or whatever other adjective-metal should be stoked to catch some of the genre's biggest stars together on the same bill. HDB

Home By Hovercraft With Low Dark Hills 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St, 214-954-9925,, FREE Every Thursday you'll have the pleasure of checking out some of the most talented musical acts in and around Dallas for free at Sammons Park. This week the indie rock band Home By Hovercraft is playing a show with Low Dark Hills opening. Home By Hovercraft is married folks, Seth Magill and Magill, Seth's sister Abbey, Max Hartman, and Johnny Sequenzia. Their music is highly cinematic and twee filled music has a sound inherently found in an indie dramedy with a big name actor starring in it. If you're really into the Garden State soundtrack, this is a must hear and see. HDB American Authors With The Mowgli's and Echosmith, 7 p.m., Friday, October 17, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX, 214-824-9933, $24 The two words "American Authors" placed next to one another is probably sure to conjure an image of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner or a slew of other long-gone prose greats. However, there is also a band named American Authors that make heartland folk. The band's debut album Oh, What a Life, was released last spring and landed a song, "Best Day of My Life," on the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. Also, appearances of the song in TV and movies came rolling in: ESPN, Super Bowl commercials, Glee, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and the list goes on. HDB

Pitbull With Enrique Miguel Iglesias 6 p.m. Friday, October 17 at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $29.50 - $159.50 Bow down before you "Dale!" overlord. Keep Calm and "Dale!" on. Live Free or "Dale!" No one man should have all that "Dale!" power. And even more vaguely pop culturish references could be used to describe Pitbull performing in Texas. Last year when the artist played a summer concert with Kesha at Gexa those of us in attendance were joking that if he wanted to he, much like Confederate General Cartman from South Park, could lead the thousands of rabid fans in a revolution to take over the city, state, the country and maybe the world. Listen, it was only half a joke, as that crowd hung on everything Pitbull said or did, and this was before he decided to go on tour with Enrique Iglesias again. Expect the revolution to kick off Friday at the AAC. It'll be going down, so you best start yelling "TIMBER!" JPF

Charli XCX With Ellipant and Femme, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $18 After scoring a massive electronic-pop crossover hit in "I Love It" with Icona Pop, British-born Charli XCX has ridden a rising tide of indie buzz straight to the top of the pop charts, both as a solo artist and with acts like Iggy Azalea. The lead single from Charli XCX's major label debut First Romance, "Boom Clap," went to the top of the Billboard Top 100, cementing her status as the latest in a parade of electronic artists to fully cross over into the mainstream. Now, Charli XCX is poised to become one of the most successful of those crossover artists: In August, she announced the forthcoming release of her second major-label album, and the Dallas stop on her tour may be one of your last chances to see this artist-on-the rise in a small venue like Trees. Just five stops later, Charli XCX will join Katy Perry for the European leg of her world tour. Look out, world. Amy McCarthy

Rodrigo y Gabriela 8 p.m., Saturday, October 18, Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, TX, 972-854-5111,, $25-$49.50 Chances are that most have heard the music of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero and just didn't know it. The duo's compositions have been used in such popular films as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Shrek and Puss in Boots. The pair has even played the White House. Both of the previous statements are testament to Rodrigo y Gabriela's music being adaptable to varying situations. The duo's flamenco guitar stylings fold in just enough of a rock influence to attract the attention of an audience wide enough to include directors and diplomats. Darryl Smyers

Bam Margera as Fuckface Unstoppable With Lionize, Polkadot Cadaver, Triple SP, 7 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $20-25 You're probably familiar with Bam Margera from the various stunts he's pulled with his gang of jackasses on MTV's Jackass. There's also that TV show of his own called Viva La Bam, where you got to see a group of grown-ass men act like petulant little shits. In what is perhaps one of the most commendable names for an act for the sake of accuracy, you can see Mr. Margera as Fuckface Unstoppable in a rap metal band. Catch them perform such esteemed sonic pleasures like "Bend My Dick" and "That's Why I Fucked Your Mom." HDB

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