Concerts

The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 5/4-5/10

This week is a great one -- so much so, in fact, that you've gotta make some choices. Homegrown brings Spoon downtown with the Old 97's and more. Lana Del Rey plays a show with Courtney Love (yes, we know it's a bit strange) at Gexa. The Jesus and Mary Chain plays at the Bomb Factory to celebrate the release of their seminal album, Psychocandy, and Father from the Awful Records crew hits The Prophet Bar, along with many other great shows in Dallas.

See also: Homegrown Festival Goes Big with Spoon for 2015 Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love Coming to Dallas in May 2015

The Funky Knuckles 10 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Sundown at Granada Theater, 3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305 or granadatheater.com, Free The Funky Knuckles have been together for over six years. The fusion jazz band released an album called Meta-Musica in 2014 that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes' jazz charts on the first day of its release. Together, the Knuckles are a force to be reckoned with. That's because, individually, they're all seasoned players who've worked with superstars like Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, Puff Daddy and the Polyphonic Spree. HDB

Crocodiles With Bummer Vacation and SuperSonic Lips, 8 p.m., Tuesday May 5, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or threelinksdeepellum.com, $5-$8 Crocodiles have a considerable amount of bite. This noise-pop band with some winks and nods to a throwback to the '80s new wave has captured the eyes and ears of many in-the-know fans of independent rock. They've got a knack for catchy riffs and melodies most expertly showcased on their debut record from 2009, Summer of Hate. Since their debut, the acclaim has waned, which the band is no doubt looking to change with their upcoming record Boys. HDB

Mike Hosty 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at Vagabond, 3619 Greenville Ave, 214-824-2263, Free Reluctantly, we may take one of Oklahoma's own in on a case-by-case basis, so long as they are quite good. Mike Hosty is of that league. Born in Wisconsin, he's been doing gigs in Oklahoma since the 1990s. He's well known in those parts for his undeniable ability to put on a one-man show with an acoustic guitar and drum. He's also got a knack for cracking a joke or two. HDB

Jesus and Mary Chain With the Black Ryder, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $44 The Jesus and Mary Chain are coming through town to give their longtime fans their dream show: A full set of their genre-defining album Psychocandy. An album that could be considered generation X classic rock at this point, Psychocandy explored the Reid brothers' love of Velvet Underground, Phil Spector and surf music, then enveloped those influences in washes of feedback-drenched glory. It was their debut album and in the eyes of many it was never topped. Along with Cocteau Twins and Spacemen 3, JAMC wrote the rulebook on noise pop and inspired generations of bands to follow.
 They became less vicious with each new release after Psychocandy, relying more on the pop hooks that were always buried under their sonic assault. Apparently they have gone out of their way to make sure that sonic glory is properly revisited on this tour -- sonic glory that has been missing from their shows for well over a decade.

 The brothers William and Jim Reid are the only members left from the original Psychocandy lineup embarking on this anniversary tour, and they are working on new material. This may be the last chance to see the fan favorite album performed in its entirety. Wanz Dover

Tony Bennett 8 p.m, Friday, May 8, at Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or winstarworldcasino.com, $55-$95 Tony Bennett was born in the year 1926. He was able to see jazz in its heyday with his own eyes, and in New York city at that. By the time he was a teen he was smoking jazz cigarettes with jazz musicians in the city. Even at his now-advanced age, he still packs a punch with a great voice singing standard tunes and some of his own. Last year, a bit of a surge of youth came his way with a fantastic duet album with Lady Gaga. Bennett is a national treasure and you'd be a fool not to see this master at work. HDB

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