The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: Cut Copy, Third Eye Blind and More

America Day is right around the corner. But before we pull out the grill and stock pile the illegal fireworks, there are a bunch of great shows leading up to the day itself. Cut Copy has a DJ set at It'll Do. Bummer Vacation plays a free show at The Foundry. The Old 97's help bring in Twilight Lounge's two-year anniversary. And Third Eye Blind talks us down from a ledge. Your picks: 
Funky Knuckles
10 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Sundown at Granada Theater, 3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305 or, 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, they 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. H. Drew Blackburn

The Free Loaders
7 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, at The Free Man, 2626 Commerce Street, 214-377-9893, Free

The Free Loaders have earned their praise in this city. They haven't been sitting around on their asses all these years. It was show after show, no matter if it was in a club, at a party, or some boogie event where the music isn't meant to be appreciated, yet it is there for the ambiance like flowers in a vase. This band of blues, jazz and swing musicians can range anywhere from three to eight members depending on the situation. However, expect a great show packed with fun from experts at their craft. And, if we're all lucky, Mavericks owner and dance savant Mark Cuban will show up and teach us how to do some line dancing. HDB

Blonde Redhead
With Talk in Tongues, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $20

A this point in their careers, there's little that the members of Blonde Redhead can't do – which makes sense, because they've been at it quite a while. Formed in New York City in the early '90s, they started off as a chaotic art punk band. They quickly caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, who released their first two albums on his Smells Like Records label. But around the turn of the century the band’s sound started evolving into stripped down, moody dream-pop with sparse electronic textures. Blonde Redhead’s sound continues to evolve, with the group slowing down the tempo and focusing on those electronic textures wrapped around minimalist pop music on their last couple albums. More than 20 years into their career, the trio has played all kinds of stages all over the world and they have a ridiculously tight live show. Kazu Makino’s idiosyncratic voice is Blonde Redhead’s trademark and rightfully so. But the few tracks Amedeo Pace sings on are overlooked gems. Jeremy Hallock

Cut Copy DJ set
With DJ Red Eye, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236, $15-$20

Cut Copy has gone through a number of phases with their danceable, new wave-ish brand of indie music. Debuting back in 2004 riding the DFA-powered wave of disco punk, but their albums have leaned more and more towards the synth-pop side of that sound. Their last album, Free Your Mind, found them revisiting the days of Haçienda-era Madchester with more than a few nods to New Order and Factory Records. Cut Copy are currently on the road for a DJ tour behind their recently released Forest Through the Trees Mixtape, an eclectic mix that wanders around various genres but still manages to sound cohesive. They've been fully flexing their taste maker muscles, too, dropping tracks by Talking Heads, Jamie XX, the Durutti Column, Four Tet and John Talabot’s remix of Hot Chip's Atomic Bomb” cover. They use the DJ format to dig deep and push into directions not found on their albums. Going by the mixtape, one can only imagine what musical roads they will travel down in a proper club environment. Wanz Dover

David Gray
With Amos Lee and Joseph, 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or, $49.50-$150

David Gray may be playing an arena like Verizon Theatre, but when he got his start he worlds away from such a following. Back in the early '90s, the U.K. native's first two albums didn’t even chart. Today, though, it would be fair to credit Gray for helping blur the lines between folk and alt-rock, with a repertoire — full of storybook lyrics and riveting vocals — eerily similar to the likes of Elton John. But it was a role that he grew into gradually: His debut album, A Century Ends, was mostly acoustic-based with strong vocals. In Sell, Sell, Sell (1996) he integrated electric components to make for a rock 'n’ roll sound. And with White Ladder (1998) Gray took a more computer-generated approach to better mesh the acoustics with the vocals. White Ladder was also Gray’s first piece of work to hit the U.K. charts, leaving it parked there for 151 straight weeks. Only with the exception of a three-year hiatus, Gray has been recording, performing and selling records for over 20 years now. His 2015 summer tour includes guest appearances from another modern-day folkie, Amos Lee, and should showcase music from his latest release, Mutineers. Devin Papillion

Bummer Vacation
9 p.m., Friday July 3, at The Foundry, 2303 Pittman St., 214-749-1112, Free

Bummer Vacation is one of Ft Worth's most promising rock acts. The band released their stellar debut album, Creative Differences, last year. The album is an amalgam of the members' respective tastes. There's flickers and splashes of 90s alternative rock, shoe-gaze, and post punk throughout the album. 2015 looks to be a busy year for the band as they're gearing up for a follow up and tour. For the mean time catch them at The Foundry as a part of the restaurants partnership with Parade of Flesh and keep an eye on their stellar shows on Fridays and Saturdays. HDB

Old 97's
With Brent Best, 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Twilite Lounge, 2640 Elm St., 214-741-2121 or, Free

Here we are celebrating the second anniversary of the great Twilite Lounge in the most Dallas way possible, with the Old 97s. Oh and it’s free. So, when you’re done chugging Lone Stars and eating Earl Campbell hot links, you might want to make your way to Deep Ellum and jump in line so you can get in and catch Slobberbone’s Brent Best open the night at 10:30 on the indoor stage. Then everyone will pack out the patio when the Old 97’s take to the stage at around 11:30. Oh, and expect to be cheek to cheek with some of Dallas’ most dedicated music fans, because the Twilite isn’t very big, and it can’t hold a lot of people, so those who get in will be the ones who get there early. So, celebrate Deep Ellum’s best hole in the wall with some of Deep Ellum's favorite yesteryear musicians. The pary's not limited to Saturday either, as Friday festivities are headlined by American Werewolf Academy and Sunday features Hamell on Trial. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Blue, the Misfit
With Mr. Compliment, The Bul Bey, Mic Stewart Music, and DJ Colly T, 12 a.m., Saturday, July 4, 3901 Main Street, $5-$10

It's an all-hip hop night at That That this July Fourth. The acts on the bill are from Dallas, Philadelphia and Miami. The headliner is Blue, the Misfit, who puts on a fantastically live and energetic set. DJ Colly T is on the one's and two's representing the home team as well. The Bul Bey and Mic Stewart Music represent the City of Brotherly Love and Mr. Compliment and Rapper Rich come visit from Miami. The after hours on America Day look they'll be getting lit. HDB

Third Eye Blind
With Dashboard Confessional, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or, $45-50

When thinking of the 90s and some of its powerful pop rock singles that doused Billboard charts in kerosene and lit them on fire, one of the most memorable tracks is Third Eye Blind’s undeniably catchy, “Semi-Charmed Life.” Interestingly, as happy go lucky as the song sounds, it references crystal meth addiction. Not too mention another one of their hits, “Jumper,” is a beautiful song on the surface. It also refers to a gay friend who is about to jump from the ledge of a building. Shout out to the super deep pop songs of the 90s and early aughts. There’s plenty of charm in them. HDB

7 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at American Airline Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $50-$280

About a decade and a half ago, I asked my aunt who the hell Maná was. “They’re like the Mexican Rolling Stones, mijo,” she told me and, she was dead on with that statement. These guys are huge to the Latino community — like, Rolling Stones huge. Huge enough that the American Airlines Center is going to be jam packed with dedicated fans from all over the state. I'll go so far as to Maná is the most important Spanish rock band to ever exist, which I don't say lightly. They managed to combine traditional Latin music with the arena rock that was so prevalent in the United States, and give the Latin countries something akin to a Spanish-singing U2 to take over the world. They’re playing the American Airlines Center for a reason, and that reason is there’s no other venue that could come close to holding them. They even played MTV Unplugged back in the '90s. If you don’t believe me, go into any Mexican restaurant or bar, put “Clavado en un Bar” and watch the sing along happen. Jaime-Paul Falcon

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H. Drew Blackburn