The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 3/23-3/29

The insanity of South By South West is over. You'll have to wait until next year to stand in unforgivably long lines unless you want to post up at the DMV for shits and giggles. However, the music never stops. This week, The Bomb Factory has its grand opening. Dallas Distortion Music, Burger Records, Lolipop Records and Vice Palace have a showcase at Pariah Arts. Sir-Mix-A-Lot plays Trees and an interesting jazz band, Moon Hooch, does Club Dada. There's plenty more too. Have fun this week.

See also: Erykah Badu to Play Grand Opening at The Bomb Factory Pariah Arts Adds Music to The Cedars' Thriving Fine Arts Scene

Jah Born With Big Texas, Eric McFadden, Skinny Cooks, Alexa Dexa, 8 p.m., Monday, March 23, at Three Links, at 2704 Elm St., http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com, $7-$10

Jah Born is a member of the superhero team of Dallas electronic instrumentalists, the Cannabinoids. Outside of being a member of the band, which features eight different integral strains plus Erykah Badu, Jah Born is also a producer. He and Badu teamed up to create "On & On," which earned a Grammy. Isn't it wonderful when talent meets recognition?

Dallas Distortion Music, Burger Records, Lolipop Records and Vice Palace Showcase With Kim & Created, Sealion, Max Pain, Big White, and more, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 23, at Pariah Arts, 1505 Gano St., $16.75

This is a bit of a huge collaborative diy project. Dallas Distortion Music, Burger Records, Lolipop Records, and Vice Palace are bringing this miniature festival to Pariah Arts. It's a part of the Lolipop Records Explosion and Burger Records SXSW Caravan and is coming to Dallas because why the hell not. Check out one of out local favorite favorites, Sealion and rising indie acts from Lolipop and Burger Records like Kim & Created and Max Pain. The spirit of indie and do-it-yourself is alive and well.

Moon Hooch 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., www. dadadallas.com, $5-$10

Music is amazing. It's easy to think that there's a lull in creative new forces. But she or he who seeks advancements or tweaks in the form that reveal something wildly interesting will find it. Exhibit A is Moon Hooch. This is a trio: two saxophonists and a drummer. They make dance-y jazz-inflected music with jolty percussion. It's the type of raw experimentation you might find from a few buskers, but a bit more focused and a bit more genius.

Erykah Badu With Sarah Jaffe, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $35

Finally taking a break from moonlighting around the country as Lo Down Loretta Brown, hometown icon Erykah Badu is returning to Dallas to serenade us on the mic as only she know how. And this time makes for an extra special occasion, as Badu helps launch the legendary Bomb Factory on its grand reopening night. She'll even be joined by fellow Dallasite Sarah Jaffe at this show, which kicks off a short run of concerts on the East Coast for four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Loyal fans can should be in for a real treat considering her profound love for her city, readily indulging us with her Thanksgiving shows and periodic appearances at open mic nights. Known notoriously for her sly demeanor and tranquil vocals, Badu has always been one to show Dallas residents a good, genuine time. Rumors about a new album release in 2015 from the R&B goddess have been making their rounds through the media. After phenomenal releases like New Amerykah, Parts One and Two (2008, 2010), Badu fans have been itching for some fresh material. Which makes this event that much more worth attending: knowing Badu, we can always expect a few pleasant surprises to be hidden up her sleeve.

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Reckless Kelly With The Colton O'Niel Band, and Ronny Fauss, 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $20-$39

A Texas country band via a couple of bros from the Western Pacific states, Reckless Kelly decided the best way to make it was (surprise, surprise) to move to Austin. Lucky for them it worked out. The sorority country group (that would be a band who goes over extremely well at sorority shindigs; no shade, though -- what works just works) has been making it's way around the south since 1997, hitting it sort of big in 2008 with their album Bulletproof. Since then they've doubled down on their mass appeal sound, and have held steady as a mid-tier Texas country group that's good for a crowd, and good for a well-put-on show. You can't ask for much more in the current musical landscape, and with these guys, you know they'll always deliver.

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The Devil Wears Prada With The Word Alive, Born of Osiris, 6 p.m., Friday, March 27, at The Door, 2513 Main St., http://thedoorclubs.com, $20-25

There's a movie by the name of The Devil Wears Prada. It's about a young woman who works at a fashion magazine for an evil Anna Wintourian matriarch, get it the devil wears Prada. Clever. I get it. There's also a band of the same name, which will play at The Door. They were inspired by the book that inspired the aforementioned movie, but, to step the clever up, they're a christian metal band, i.e. God's Gift to straight edge teens.

The Beat Dolls With From Parts Unknown, Blank Men, 9 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 East Sycamore Street, Denton, TX, 940-387-7781

The Beat Dolls are a punk trio from Austin, Texas. They're an incredibly upbeat band who give off the aura that they'd much rather party than loathe. This is skanking ready music. Their roots trace back to Dallas, though. Lead singer Angie Munsey's rockabilly musician father, Jack Starr, had a song called Beat Dolls which inspired the namesake. So it's safe to say that this band's a chip off the old block.

Toadies With Brutal Juice, Baboon, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $36

The Toadies are one of our most prized acts out here in North Texas. After Erykah Badu, our one true bohemian savior, opens up the Bomb Factory it's only right that they keep the opening week of the venue going strong just two days later. The Toadies originally formed back in 1989, and what came to follow was their fantastic debut Rubberneck, which celebrated 20 years in 2014. The band would later break up in the year 2000. They've mended their wounds though, having been back together since 2006, playing some of the new and some of the old.

Sir Mix-a-Lot With White Noyze, RVDPVUCK and Hip Hop Hooray, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $17-$22

Rapper and producer Sir Mix-a-Lot is a valiant knight who's fought a long battle against waifish, modelesque beauty standards with his classic "Baby Got Back," the greatest anthem to generously plump booties since Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." One could make the case that he's single-handedly shaped society's body ideals into Kardashian proportions, and in turn hold him responsible for many a butt implant. With all these impressive achievements, it's hard to remember Mix-a-Lot was actually a platinum-selling artist before his anaconda wanted none. Unless you had buns. Hun. His 1988 album Swass had the moderately successful hit "Posse on Broadway," and then there's "Jump On It," which saves him from joining the one-hit-wonder club. He's also a hip-hop pioneer, particularly considering that late '80s Seattle was less hip hop than Orange County is today (or, well, ever). Nothing brings more big booty to the dance floor like "Baby Got Back," so if that's your thing you'd be a fool not to make it out to Trees. Sorry, breast men; we'll find something for you soon.

Eva Raggio


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