The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 12/29-1/4

Well, what is your resolution? You don't know yet? Get your house in order sirs and madams, it's time to get ready for the New Year. Fortunately, even if you haven't decided how to better yourself in 2015, there are at least plenty of ways to party this week. Spoon, one of indie rock's most reliable bands, plays the House of Blues. John Legend is set to croon the hell out of a casino in Oklahoma and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights front the bill at the Granada Theater. There's tons more, too. Check it out:

See also: The Best Dallas Concerts of 2014 The Best North Texas Blues Acts

Arash With Shadmehr Agili, 6 pm, Monday, December 29, at the Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111, $65 - $155

Sweden brought us ABBA, Ace of Base, Lykke Li, The Cardigans, and of course the Swedish House Mafia. There's also Arash, the Iranian-Swedish pop musician. His 2004 single "Boro Boro" hit number one on the Swedish charts and is not in English, no, but if you aren't privy to the Persian language, how much of a deterrent could that be? You know damn well it's the beat and melodies that hooks you to pop music. you know damn well.

H. Drew Blackburn
Seryn With Canvas Bride, 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $22

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Way back in 2009, the orchestral folk-rock collective Seryn sprang forth from new Denton band status to North Texas powerhouse in short order. The buzz grew only more incessant as the group, more or less led by multi-instrumentalist and vocalists Trenton Wheeler and Nathan James Allen, released its full-length debut, the epic This is Where We Are. In the years since, the group rode the strength of their rhythmic arrangements, soaring harmonies and spiritually inflected lyrics to win a great deal of fans here in North Texas, and well beyond our borders. In the more recent past, the band has added a couple of new members including a full-time drummer and released a true-to-trusted-form single, entitled "Disappear," which will be on the band's soon-to-be-released new album. The biggest change the band is making has nothing to do with their line-up or array of instrumentation, though. The band recently picked up and moved to Nashville, but they're coming back to celebrate the new record's release. So here's your shot to say goodbye and have it sound fantastically gorgeous inside of the always comfy confines of the Kessler Theater.

Kelly Dearmore
Spoon 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $59.91-$92.49

Spoon is your dad's favorite indie band. He heard them that one time on How I Met Your Mother or whatever. In a world of 31 flavors of esoteric independent music, Austin's Spoon is strictly vanilla bean. But it's a basic flavor that's had 11 years to ferment and refine itself. Maybe I'm mixing metaphors here. Nevertheless, 2014's They Want My Soul exists as a conscious push by the band to embrace the strange directions its genre can allow. It throws in some modulated keyboards, some falsetto and smart songwriting without straying away from the bare-bones setup that remains crucial to the band's identity. A few much-needed risks are taken, and maybe it's about time; Spoon has survived several waves of indie rock fallout and managed to come out unscathed. These seasoned veterans have adapted and developed to the point where they might almost be a different band. Maybe a band named Fork.

Matt Wood
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights With Nikki Lane and the Texas Gentlemen, and J. Charles & the Trainrobbers, 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 31st, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $24-$80

It's starting to be somewhat of a tradition that Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights headline the Granada's New Year's Eve show. The blues rock band, fronted by, you guessed it Jonathan Tyler, is such a seasoned act that the show is sure to deliver a great performance and pack the house. Nikki Lane from Nashville and Dallas based southern rock outfit, J. Charles & the Trainrobbers round out the party.

The Rich Girls With Dark Rooms, Sam Lao, ZHORA, 8 pm, Wednesday, December 31, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $15-$20

It's a celebration folks. One of the hottest tribute bands in town, The Rich Girls, is front and center on this New Year's Eve bill. The Yacht Rock cover band of Darryl Hall and John Oates may make your dream come true, but it doesn't stop there. The Daniel Hart fronted indie band Dark Rooms, rappin' and singin' Sam Loa, and electro boogie ZHORA are also on the bill. This show's all local everything and is sure to be great.

Ishi With Def Rain, DJ Depeshi, DJ Aught, Goodnight Ned, 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15

One of the most eccentric things you can see in Dallas is an Ishi show. I've been to one where seemingly everyone with a date and/or a blood alcohol content above 0.08 was grinding on one another. It's a grand time. The band's electro-funk-folk sound is sure to send a jolt through you and it can turn a wallflower into the most gifted dancer in the soul train line. It's New Year's Eve, what better way to ring in the New Year than this?

John Legend 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or winstarworldcasino.com, $96-$226

You know what, we don't need much on New Year's Eve. We're a ll just ordinary people, after all. Just some good music by a great vocalist. The ivy league educated crooner who is signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music record label, John Legend, is headlining a show in Oklahoma that surely going to be a delight. He's got a strong voice and a deep repertoire of songs. Legend's gonna class the joint up and make it feel like a upscale Vegas lounge.

Dam-Funk With Ronnie Heart, and Jt Donaldson, 8 p.m., Thursday, January 1, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $15-$20

People are still making G-Funk, keeping the genre alive, like true Gs. One of said G-Funkers is California bred producer, Dam-Funk. Dam-Funk has had the pleasure of being on a hot indie label that specializes in rap and all in its orbit,

Stones Throw

and making a collaborative album with Snoop Dogg, called 7

Days of Funk

. Check out the funky dude at Dada on the first day of the year.



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