The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 3/30-4/5

Well, that was quite the weekend, Dallas. Thanks in large part to the highly anticipated return of The Bomb Factory with sold-out show from Thursday through Saturday, the local music scene has a whole new glow about it -- and it's a good look. This week looks to be a great one to help continue the momentum, with some big-name artists like Ariana Grande and Dr. Dog visiting town.

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Big Business With From Beyond, Mothership, 9 p.m., Monday, March 30, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214­653­8228 or, $12 Initially, Big Business was more like a business with just two people. Not that big. The duo of Jared Warren and Coady Willis made loud bombastic rock music. In 2006, the two had the pleasure of joining the Melvins. In 2008, Big Business got a little louder and rambunctious adding its third member, and two years later they added a guitarist, Scott Martin. The band's current iteration seems like a perfect fit, like what it should've been all along. H. Drew Blackburn

Talib Kweli With Immortal Technique,Niko IS, CF and Hasan Salaam, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $25-$30 Hip-hop heads Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique officially join forces for "The Peoples Champion" tour hosted by Poison Pen. Kweli is a Brooklyn-bred rapper who gained his underground recognition in the late '90s when he teamed up with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. In 1998, the trio released their self-titled album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, which received wide acclaim and respect at the dawn of hip-hop's turn-of-the-century golden age. Kweli then let loose on his solo debut album, 2002's Quality, and earned reverence as one of hip hop's most lyrically respected MCs of his time. With lyrics bedecked in conscious commentary on issues such as class, socialism, poverty, imperialism, government and institutionalized racism, Kweli is one of the most politically insightful rappers and activists to emerge since the dawn of the genre. Alongside Kweli and Immortal Technique, the lineup also features hip-hop's revolutionaries Niko IS, CF and Hasan Salaam. For a night of spectacular vernacular, top-tier instrumentation and artistically profound hip-hop craftsmanship, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than this. Morganne Cameron

Ariana Grande 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $29.50-$69.50 Notorious marble-mouthed angel Ariana Grande is swinging her ponytail down to the American Airlines Center this week to inflict her soulful bubblegum pop onto every sentient being in a 100-mile blast radius. The Nickelodeon Ne'er-do-well has been in the crosshairs of celebrity coverage for everything, including admiring serial killers, being a devout Kabbalist and sensing demons when driving past one of the seven gates of hell. In an age where hyperbolically outlandish celebrity personas are a default, Grande still manages to be absolutely batshit, and we should celebrate that. All things considered, it's hard to deny that the humanoid merry-go-round has some outstanding pipes, which are almost comically incongruous with her five-foot stature. So don't worry about the fact that she reportedly once wished her fans "would all fucking die," just become entranced by the age-confused spectacle; that option's way less problematic. Matt Wood

Dr. Dog With mewithoutYou, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or, $25-$27 Dr. Dog employs the simple charms of an antique store in their songwriting. They sift through abandoned attic artifacts of retrograde '60s pop memorabilia, melodies and all, and are perfectly pleasant to listen to. Granted, they're not terribly new or exciting, either. The band presents an endearing although unremarkable brand of throwback charm, with jangly guitar hooks and spacious arrangements. They've eluded critical acclaim, but have a devout following that spans a wide bevy of music fans who are comforted by the group's soothing familiarity. Hokey "aw, shucks," lyrics are built to sing along to and their live shows have garnered a reputation for exceeding the energy of their records. All critique aside, you probably won't find a more agreeable crowd of people than the fans adhering to Dr. Dogma. Matt Wood

Of Montreal With Yip Deceiver, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $16 Can you imagine how exhausting it must be to be Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes? Dude is constantly having to change genres, fashion and his band's back story to keep himself from being bored. Also, there's the random backlash he gets whenever he decides to monetize his band's music and, you know, make a little money from his work. He's been doing this for almost 20 years at this point, which wow, who the hell thought Of Montreal would turn 20 next year? I guess you can make it as a mid-to-major indie band if you continually reinvent yourself and your music. Let this show be a lesson to all you aspiring musicians: You don't have to be huge to make it in this business, you just have to be good. Jaime-Paul Falcon

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