The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 3/16-3/22

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TV on the Radio With Nostalgia, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, Sold out We used to compare these guys to Radiohead. They were the future of indie rock 10 years ago, our best chance to replace the vanilla streams of alienation trailing in Thom Yorke's wake with an equally experimental venture that made room for soul, a creatively vital act you could still dance to. The irony is that TV on the Radio knew better than we did, moving with and ahead of the tide toward pop intelligibility with every release, and sometimes I think we haven't forgiven them for it. That's the only way I can understand the collective shrug Seeds received from the alternative press last year, in an age when Taylor Swift has bridged the alt and pop worlds, because it's one of their best records front-to-back; hell if it ain't soulful and danceable, too. Experimental, not so much, but that voice was always meant to sing anthems, and those rhythms were bound to settle down sometime. We don't compare TVTOR to Radiohead anymore, and we shouldn't, because they're still in peak form. We don't call them the future anymore either, because they're the present, and they have been for years. Brian Peterson

Hozier With Goerge Ezra, 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar, or 214-978-2583, $35-$40 Hozier (I always thought "hozier" was what you called a ho who was also a poseur. Apparently, it's also this dude's last name) is coming to the House of Blues, and we all know what the people want to hear. Hopefully, he'll just play his current mega-popular single, "Take Me To Church," 5,000 times in a row in order to recreate what it currently feels like to listen to the radio. Maybe they have Matthew McConaughey run on the stage and interrupt every so often to read some McConaughey™-drawly Reliant Energy ads followed immediately by one of those damned Central Market ads about reeeeeally loving purple potatoes. "Take Me To Church" is played on no fewer than three local radio stations (it was a hit on Christian radio until they were told of the song's "hidden doin' it message"). It's taking over the radio so hard, I would not be surprised to hear it soon (somehow) become a No. 1 hit on BOOM 94.5, the classic hip-hop station. George Ezra is the opening act, and if we're all super lucky, he'll play a 30-minute cover of "Take Me To Church" to hype the crowd. Alice Laussade

Flux Pavilion With Cache Money, Johnny Funk, 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave., 214-826-4768, $20-$30 Flux Pavillion gets all the kids pumped. Born Joshua Kierkegaard G. Steele (yes, that's a real name), the English DJ is a fixture in the expansive dubstep scene. Although he's skilled with a variety of instruments, he chose to go the electronic route. It's not for nothing, either. Flux Pavillion has had the pleasure of collaborating with dubstep luminaries like Rusko, Datsik and Excision. He's also had one of his songs, "I Can't Stop," sampled on a song by Kanye West and Jay Z. Undoubtedly, Flux Pavilion is one of the most beloved knob twiddlers on the planet. HDB

Raury With Blue, the Misfit, Sam Lao, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., www., $12-$15 Raury is often mistakenly billed under hip-hop. We won't get into why, but just believe us when we say don't be duped by the inaccurate prognosis. Raury draws inspiration and ethos from hip hop in his music, but he's more of a modern-day Beck than anything. The teenager from Atlanta, who has caught Kanye West's eye fuses funk, soul, folk,and the like with hip-hop to create a genre that's most accurately meta-tagged as "smorgasbord." Check the baby faced titan out, and respect real artistry. HDB

Spillover Fest With Liars, Iceage, King Tuff and more, 12 p.m. in Deep Ellum,, $33-$55 Spillover is that older, seemingly wiser friend from high school that was way cooler than you, but sometimes told you which bands to listen to. Boasting a cohesive bill with a heaping spoonful of garage rock, a pinch of noise and a dash of stoner metal, it's sure to please the wide spectrum of Deep Ellum devotees. Big players include Liars (the band that played the song from 50/50 that made you cry), King Tuff, Jeff the Brotherhood, the Coathangers, Diarrhea Planet and plenty of killer acts in between. This year's most notable expansion is the increased sprawl of venues, adding Trees and Off the Record to the two Club Dada stages and Three Links. The additions fall right under the purview of what Spillover is trying to do, and for the last few years they've been batting at 1.000 when it comes to booking. So if you like live music, vinyl, drinking or all of the above, you'll be covered. If you don't, God knows why you're reading this rag in the first place. Matt Wood


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