The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/11 - 8/17

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The Both With Lemura, 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $24 It isn't often that bands whose names start as a hashtag turn out to be really great, but the Both (originally named #BOTH) is the best kind of exception to that rule. You'll probably remember Aimee Mann from her Grammy-nominated soundtrack for Paul Thomas Andersen's Magnolia and Ted Leo from Citizen's Arrest or his most recent foray fronting Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The Both is a great blend of both Mann and Leo's characteristic and unique styles, with enough fun and jokes sprinkled in to keep them from taking themselves too seriously. This indie duo is more than the sum of its parts, and Tuesday's show at The Kessler is a great way to see two seasoned artists who are truly in their element. Amy McCarthy

Midnight Masses With the Chloes and Frauen, 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,, $8-$10 Midnight Masses, a side project stemming from Austin's beloved ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, began as a conglomerate of creative minds contributing to Autry Fulbright's more personal vision. Alongside fellow Trail of Dead band mate Jason Reece, a parenthetical side note that will be attached to the band for the very foreseeable future, this project sways from the noise-rock rooted notes of their "other" band and crafts a more deft approach to clean and refined indie-pop. The debut album, Departures, was released this month, and yes, the name is apt for what some fans of Trail of Dead might be prone to expect. Fulbright was inspired to have a new outlook on life following the passing of a close family member, and Midnight Masses' music is suitably brimming with introspection. But these tunes are not overly woeful, oriented instead by hints of optimism. And the music itself, as rhythmic and melodic as it is at times, is enough to kick you in the ass, in a New York hipster, artisanal coffee-making sort of way. Aaron Ortega

Wiz Khalifa With Jeezy, Tyga, DJ Drama, Iamsu!, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, and Mack Wilds, 6 p.m. Thursday, August 14, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111 or $28-103 Last year I found myself in the nightmarish hellscape that is the DART green line after a Wiz Khalifa concert. Everywhere around me were teenagers screaming at each other, drunk on music, the heat and whatever substances they could get their hands on. Warring factions shouted at each other as teens from Allen screamed "FUCK FRISCO" at confused teens from Plano. A 100-pound white girl declared herself the "baddest bitch on here, and everywhere" and threatened to stab someone with "a motherfucking knife." But, don't let that scare you off; Khalifa makes some of the most interesting mainstream hip-hop around. His laid-back approach makes him a favorite of stoners, moms and people who don't want to think about anything more than having a good time. So go see him, and have a good time. Just avoid the DART after-party. Jaime-Paul Falcon

AraabMuzik 7 p.m., Thursday, August 14, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $20 Mix all the flimsiest corners of dance music, compress them to hell, and then laminate it all in a gloss of cheesy production and you have what should be awful music. Not so, in the hands of producer AraabMuzik. After years of internet notoriety as a talented MPC performer and hip-hop beatmaker, the artist otherwise known as Abraham Orellana catapulted into popular consciousness with the stellar, if asymmetrical, 2011 effort Electronic Dream (think trance goes surreal). Ever since, he's delivered at least one impressive release per year, which is no small feat. In fact, just last month Orellana put out For Professional Use Only 2, which highlighted his recent re-focus on crafting hip-hop instrumentals. But even for all of AraabMuzik's success as a recorded musician, it's within the context of live performance that he's known to shine brightest. On the fence about attending? Just peruse AraabMuzik's countless YouTube videos, and then watch as your hand clicks over to buy a ticket. Jonathan Patrick

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