The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/03-10/05

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Poliça With Web of Sunsets and Orenda Fink, 7 p.m., Friday, October 3, at Trees, 2709 Elm St.,, $15-$18 The sprawling, tongue-in-cheek Gayngs crew (they set all their songs to 69 b.p.m.) out of Minnesota consisted of some of the upper Midwest's most exciting acts in recent musical history. From Bon Iver, to Har Mar Superstar, to Dessa and P.O.S. of the Doomtree collective, Gayngs was a serious party with some serious talent. Out of that cradle of creativity was born another project, Poliça, featuring several members of Gayngs including singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson. This moody synth-pop group with dual drummers is a forbear to current acts like Sylvan Esso, its material being both utterly danceable and undeniably dark at the same time. In its smoky, auto-tuned haze, Poliça makes for one hell of a party comedown. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Benjamin Booker With Doug Burr, 8 p.m., Friday, October 3 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. Dallas, TX,, $10-$13 Keep your eyes peeled for Benjamin Booker; he's a unique force. He's Hendrix in a dusty, grimy, dirty garage in New Orleans playing the guitar with such command that the Gods rise from their graves with each frenzied strum of his guitar. He's full of the youthful energy that once embodied rock n roll, as opposed to the dainty middle class music and psudo-artsy bullshit we hear so often today. If you have the fever for something raw, this is a must see. H. Drew Blackburn

Danny Diamonds With Western Star, 10 p.m., Friday, October 3 at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201, 940-320-2000,, $7 Daniel Rush, a former member of the Paper Cup Band and someone whom we profiled at length in a print feature last month, becomes his latest alter ego, Danny Diamonds, tonight at this headlining show at Dan's Silver Leaf. A prolific musician in Denton's music scene (most musicians in Denton's music scene are actually quite prolific), Diamonds takes some of the quaint folkish lore from his most recent project Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers and polishes it with some bleakness and a little more noise. HDB With DJ Sober, Young Wave, Datahowler, FLCON FCKER, and DRNRDX 8 p.m., Friday, October 3, at 406 S. Haskell St.,, $3-$5 is a house party created by K104-FM's digital content coordinator, Rico Slice. In the past, the event has showcased the wide swath of talent North Texas' rap scene has to offer. This go-round, the DJs get the spotlight with live sets from DJ Sober, Young Wave, Datahowler, FLCON FCKER and DRNRDX. And there's gonna be some visual art, food, and beer as well. Sounds like a hell of a party. HDB

Zac Brown Band With Ryan Kindler, 7 p.m., Friday, October 3, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 or, $30-$330 In a radio interview last year, Zac Brown really hurt Luke Bryan's feelings by calling "That's My Kind of Night" the worst song he's ever heard. Brown was probably just being honest, and of course it is the worst song many people have ever heard, but you have to wonder if he was also being cagey: by publicly hating on the bro-iest of bro-country anthems, he managed to dodge the insatiable maw of public dismay. It's not as if Brown isn't singing about beer; in fact, "Toes," the PBR-and-Jager-branded single off his 2008 debut, name checks drinking almost as hard as the "1-800-Bartend" commercial. It's a pleasantly dopey song that sounds like he was trying to rewrite "Margaritaville" but with an even lazier plot. In fact, Jimmy Buffett even guested on a verse of Brown's 2011 single "Knee Deep." So you'd think people would sneer at Brown the way they do at Florida Georgia Line, but it also turns out he writes plenty of folkier, traditional country songs. Even a song like "Chicken Fried," which sings the praises of Friday night redneck mainstays like beer and correctly fitting jeans is more like the spiritual successor to Mel McDaniel's "Louisiana Saturday Night" than some Jason Aldean bro-down. Then again, who cares, really? The Zac Brown Band is also huge, which is why they're playing Gexa on October 3. Steve Steward

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