The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/20-10/26

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Sorry that the beautiful, beautiful weekend left you. It's sad, but the weekend will be back in a few days, so chill. You've got some serious clinginess issues. To tide you over, we've got a few shows to keep you company: Ne-Yo is stopping by the House of Blues, Gardens & Villa headlines a show at Club Dada, and Of Montreal plays Trees. And of course, there's more. There's always more.

Ne-Yo With Kandace Springs and Kevin Ross, 8 p.m., Monday, October 20, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $57-$88

You must not know 'bout him. Constant wearer of fedoras and newsboy caps Ne-Yo has written some of the most infectious pop songs in the last 10 years. He wrote "Unfaithful," "Russian Roulette" and "Take a Bow" for Rihanna, "Let Me Love You" for Mario and "Irreplaceable" for Beyoncé. Not to mention "So Sick," which he wrote for himself, a song about being FED UP with hearing love songs on the radio that got so popular it became an instance of comic irony. On the heels of his sixth studio album, Non Fiction, Ne-Yo stops by the House of Blues for some sultry singing. We know it'll be a top-notch performance, but bets are officially on for what type of hat he'll wear at the show.

H. Drew Blackburn
Gardens & Villa With SANDY Alex G, 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, at Club Dada 2720, Elm St. Dallas, TX, 214-742-3400, http://www.dadadallas.com $12-15

Gardens & Villa's songs paint pictures with vibrant colors. Mostly focused on a sensory obsessed indie-pop sound, the five-piece dabbles in pure fun over serious art. "Colony Glen" and "Thunder Glove" are danceable synth-pop numbers from their latest record,


. That's a sharp contrast to "Orange Blossom" from their self-titled debut, which is as funky as anything you've heard in quite some time. Still, Gardens & Villa are all about building a lush dreamscape and that is what makes this the number one pick this week for a show to take drugs at because bro, that would be so trippy. Not that we're condoning this behavior, but if that's your thing, go ahead and do you.

Yellowcard With Memphis May Fire and Emarosa, 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $33

Though Yellowcard peaked in the mid-Aughts, when pop-punk was spreading quicker than fear of Ebola, they've never slowed down releasing music. Prolific they aren't, having a few three-year or four-year gaps between releases, but still they're here alive and well. Currently they're touring to support their album,

Lift a Sail

, which hit shelves earlier this month. This show is sure to be packed, but rest assured, the fans will happily lift a sail if it takes them down Ocean Ave.

Of Montreal With Pillar Point, 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., treesdallas.com, $16

Kevin Barnes gives zero fucks about what you think about his almost two-decades-long project Of Montreal. If he had a dime for every time a critical missive about his work bothered him he'd have zero dimes. Case in point: The final lyric uttered on last year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar is, "I have no hope for you anymore." Barnes has bounced from twee-pop, to garage rock, to psych rock, to synth-laden pop semi-stardom that even included some commercial spots. Now he's back to a mixture of psych and garage rock that's sprinkled with a little bit of alt-country for good measure. So make all the jokes you want about steakhouses and mobile phone commercials, but realize it's not going to bother Barnes, dude's gonna keep making the music he wants, and selling out rooms wherever he goes.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Calhoun With Catamaran 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 22, at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St, 214-954-9925, http://www.attpac.org/, FREE

This week's Patio Sessions at Sammons Park welcomes Fort Worth's Calhoun and Dallas's own Catamaran. Calhoun combines raw and rootsy guitars with a pop-centric affection. They're melodic and catchy as all hell without casting away a sense of Americana. Catamaran's brand of pop rock is infectiously danceable in parts and a tableau of beauty in others. Catch both bands for free; it's basically theft you can get away with.

TTNG With Emma Ruth Rundle and Mylets, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at Club Dada 2720, Elm St. Dallas, TX, 214-742-3400, http://www.dadadallas.com $12

Don't be fooled by the name. This isn't a grassroots 2nd Amendment movement. TTNG (This Town Needs Guns) is a math rock band from Oxford, United Kingdom. A.k.a. the place with arguably the greatest university in the world. So, it makes sense that the band relishes smart and complex guitar work and drum patterns and fearless bass plucking. Also, the name is as smart as the band's music. Now officially, TTNG, out of respect for widespread shooting in the U.S., the name is a wry look at gun politics, as gun culture isn't as ubiquitous in the U.K. Oh, that dry British humour!

Lynyrd Skynyrd 9:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-754-3000 or windstarworldcasino.com $55-$85

Yes, this is rock 'n' roll. The swagger, the riffs, the whole lot of it. But, it's technically pop, as in popular music, as well. You don't generally have this type of longevity in pop, especially when only one original member of the band is still in the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd has had a revolving door of members throughout the past four decades, but the spirit is alive and well. It's still slow-cooked Southern rock, from the name that pioneered the genre. It still punches you in the teeth. Just don't be the asshole that screams "Free Bird," because someone might literally punch you in the teeth.

Ziggy Marley With Sing Kumba, 7 p.m., Friday, October 24, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $39

Much like Sean Lennon, Ziggy Marley is music royalty. His dad was ridiculously successful at spreading Rastafari around the globe and created some of the greatest music ever recorded. Ziggy Marley has been making music since 1979 when he performed with his siblings and father in the Melody Makers and he is now a multi-instrumentalist with several occupations. In 1986 the group changed its name to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers and quickly found great success. In 1988 they recorded an album with members of Talking Heads that helped kill the comparisons to Marley and his father and the group won the Grammy award for "Best Reggae Album" two years in a row. Solo since 2003, Marley is now touring on his latest album, Fly Rasta. You can expect a very large band of world-class musicians complete with two female vocalists and the crowd will be rapturous. You'll definitely get your money's worth.

Jeremy Hallock
Jason Aldean With Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111 or livenation.com., $43-$78

Bro-country is the scourge of all music. It's the worst thing on the radio. It's the worst thing in the history of all music, and that history includes metal singer Vanilla Ice, Rapper Rodney Dangerfield, Billy Bob Thorton and the "All About That Bass" girl. It has turned one of the most purely American creations into a cesspool of auto-tune, Bud Lite Lime and overt nostalgia for a non-existent lifestyle. Country has morphed from ballads about the struggles of blue collar people, to the glorification of an anti-intellectual approach to life. Few are as guilty of this crime as the dual threat that takes over Gexa Energy Pavilion this weekend. Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line make some of the most insipid music being broadcast today. That's as kindly as it can be put, but it doesn't matter; they're gonna sell out their show because people still lap this stuff up. The rest of us will have steer and hope it eventually goes away, never to come back.

Texas Rap Festival With Geto Boys, Bun B, Slim Thug and more, 1 p.m. Sunday, October 26, Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210, livenation.com, $34-$99

Since the 1990s Southern rap has become one of the most influential sub-genres of American hip hop. It was around this era that the chopped and screwed ontology emerged from the Houston scene, creating a new wave of crossfading sounds. But the slowed tempo, skipped beats, record scratching and stopped techniques created a different type of musical adoption, one that was chopped up but never slopped up. The city of the purple sprite slowed the records "dyne" to emphasize the trill lyrical storytelling, deep-seated bass frequencies and mellowed sound. But the Dallas emergence of dirty south pioneers extended the slow motion music appeal into full blown down South bangers. The land of the trill meets slowed and throwed for one common goal: To produce a vapor wave of good-ass music. William Green and Tony Draper present the official Texas Rap Festival with over 40 Texas rap artists hosted by Greg Street. The lineup features a slew of heavyweight southern artists including Bun B, Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Geto Boys, Paul Wall, Zro, Mike Jones, Lil Keke, E.S.G, Big Pokey, Chamillionaire, Michael 5000 Watts, Dorrough, Fat Pimp, Big Chief, T.Cash, Lil Will, TRILL Lee & Prince Rick, plus more. For one afternoon at Gexa, Dallas will the place be where legends meet locals at the center of hip-hop's southern gravity.

Morganne Cameron
A Flock of Seagulls 7 p.m., Sunday, October 26, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., treesdallas.com, $16-$21

Though the lead singer, Mike Score, has embarked on a solo career and the band officially broke up in 1986, A Flock of Seagulls are going to Trees. Score has released music and toured under the moniker over the past nearly three decades without any of the original founding members, but don't let that deter you. The New Wave sound is still apparent and the 1980s come back alive with "I Ran" and "Space Age Love Song." No word if that shitty haircut is still alive. That should definitely die.


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