The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/28 - 8/3

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Boris With Ceremony and Nothing, 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $15 When the term "noise rock" is applied to mind-bending bands such as Swans or Big Black, it's a categorization with a compliment implied in the label. Tinnitus-baiting fans with brains aren't complaining that these groups stack insane amounts of amps on top of already insane stacks of amps; they're suggesting the groups handle the loud noise with a sensory-assaulting flair. Anyone who doesn't include trailblazing Japanese group Boris, now into their third decade of performing, has likely lost their hearing from going plug-less at too many shows. As is the case with the best arbiters of all-things-blistering, Boris blend styles to at once avoid easy classification and send a listener's senses into the most dizzying of tailspins. The group's new album, aptly titled Noise, lays it on heavy and spreads it out generously. Yeah, you heard me. Kelly Dearmore

Tori Amos With Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., 214-880-0202 or, $39.50-$59.50 After more than 20 years in the recording industry, everyone's favorite brooding songstress is still going strong. Tori Amos has long been a favorite of people who enjoy soft, confessional pop with a touch of badassery, and her latest release, whose namesake world tour makes a stop at the Winspear Opera House on Tuesday, is no exception. Critics from NPR, The New York Times and SPIN all raved about Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos' 14th studio album, and praised her return to the emotional ballads her fans had come to miss in previous releases. If past stops on the tour are any indication, you can expect an equally emotionally intense performance in Dallas. If you aren't a fan of the latest album, then you'll still at least be able to hear your favorites from Under the Pink and American Doll Posse. Amy McCarthy

Peter Murphy With Jersualem and Nervous Curtains, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or $35-$49 "The Godfather of Goth," Briton Peter Murphy, is swinging back through Dallas touring behind his 10th solo album, Lion. Last year he came through and made many of his longtime fans happy by playing an entire set of Bauhaus tunes. Such an occasion is much more the exception than the norm, though: On his current tour Murphy is mostly drawing from his last two solo albums, with a few cuts from his '80s college radio classic Deep and a few Bauhaus tunes thrown in. For some fans his set might skew a little too heavy toward his more recent output, but then again in the '90s he refused to play Bauhaus tunes altogether. At least nowadays Murphy will throw out a few of the hits to reward his fans for patiently sitting though his new material, which actually owes more to Murphy's deep love of glam-era David Bowie than the normal gloom and doom associated with his own music. Wanz Dover

Ben Kweller With Amy Cook, 8 p.m. Friday, August 1, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, $24-$38 Ben Kweller has a long and storied past in North Texas. As one of the founding members of Radish, a Greenville band that sat just on the cusp of buzz-band status before fading into oblivion, Kweller and his bandmates did plenty of rocking around Dallas and greater North Texas. As a solo artist, he has enjoyed wide indie success and a few trips up the pop charts. "Wasted and Ready," the song that he's probably best known for, is also his highest-charting track to date and gave us "sex reminds her of meat and spaghetti," one of the most ridiculous song lyrics of all time. The 2000s have largely been filled with collaborative efforts with other musicians, like his "The Bens" tour through Australia with Ben Folds and Ben Lee. Friday night's show at the Granada promises to be a fun trip down memory lane, even if you missed out on the Radish days of yore. AM

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