The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 11/10-11/16

Dallas music fans, you are in your prime this week. Before we hit a late fall lull, there's a smattering of great live music coming through our glorious city. The Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin's pseudo-cover band that turns the Velvet Underground songs into ballads on the greatness of pizza, hits Trees. The truest country musician as of late, Sturgill Simpson, pops by Club Dada and the father of all country, Willie Nelson, will be at WinStar. And the Black Keys take their garage rock to an arena at American Airlines. Plus, of course, much more. Have fun this week -- but not too much.

The Pizza Underground With Har Mar Superstar, 7 p.m. Monday, November 10, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $14 Still trying to figure out if the Pizza Underground is a real thing or if it's something that Carles from Hipster Runoff conjured with the witchcraft of blog words? If you missed them at Dada back in the spring, you get a second chance to find out at this weekTrees. This band essentially covers the Velvet Underground songs, but makes the said songs about pizza. Also, the Pizza Underground is fronted by Kevin McCallister, a.k.a. Richie Rich, a.k.a. Macaulay Culkin. But even he may have to take a back seat to over-the-top pop performer-cum-soul man extraordinaire Har Mar Superstar. What a time to be alive. H. Drew Blackburn

We Were Promised Jetpacks With 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $15-$18 Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks revel in a masterful execution of post-punk. The guitar riffs are loud and pack nearly as much rhythm as the drummer's beats. Vocalist Adam Thompson's lyrics are confessional and cathartic, the work of a beat poet re-appropriated for a millennial generation. The angst is conveyed with immediacy and is meant to be felt through the listener earnestly and vicariously. But we ask, is it the all-too-often tale of broken hearts and whatnot that drives this or is it the fact that those jetpacks that were promised never arrived? Must be the jetpacks. We'd be pissed if we were promised jetpacks and never got them as well. Perfect reason to start a band, in fact. HDB

The Evia Music Showcase with Melissa Ratley, The Mothers, and Victor Gann, 8 p.m., Thursday, November 13, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201,, $5 Evia Music is a record company based out of Sanger, TX of all places, a place I've never been. It does seem like a town that has one movie theater that only plays Clint Eastwood westerns. But, there is music. The sweet sound of music. On the bill: Victor Gann, a roots rock trio fronted by, you guessed it Victor Gann; The Mothers and indie pop band from Denton; and Melissa Ratley, your singer--songwriter headliner. HDB

Dope Body With Future Death, Roomrunner, and Triathalon, 10:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Doublewide, 3510 Commerce St ,, $10 When a record label goes forth and really tailors their roster to include artists and bands of a particular sound and vein, you gotta love it. The independent record label, Drag City packs their roster full of experimental indie rock bands. A lot of them loud. Some of them nostalgic. Dope Body is just that. They're a noise rock band with some straightforward indie mixed in and an attitude you'd often find in indie rock another decade. Here you get a mix of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, all in the nitty gritty of the weirdest parts of the 90s. HDB

Galactic With Big Freedia, 8 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, $30 A little bit of New Orleans is hitting the Granada. The headliner is Galactic, a jazz fusion jam band that digs deep into the roots of the bayou incorporating funk, a smattering of bright horn and saxophone notes and bits and pieces of other genres like upbeat funk and hip-hop. Opening for Galactic is Big Freedia, the Boss of bounce, a genre of hip-hop that's intensely rhythmic and mean for you to bounce your ass to, i.e. twerk. This isn't you Miley Columbus version of it either. It's the real deal, from one of the most pure sources. HDB

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H. Drew Blackburn

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