The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/10 - 10/12

Another weekend is upon us in Dallas, which means more shows to partake in to take your mind off of the utter terror that is Ebola, but mostly because you love music. Ringo Starr, who used to be in this little band called The Beatles (is that spelled correctly? are you sure?) is in town. The indie hip-hop stylings of Busdriver and clipping. invade Club Dada and Gas Monkey Live throws a party with Social Distortion and the Stone Foxes to break the place in. Here are your picks to get away from it all:

Busdriver With clipping., Milo and Kenny Segal, 8 p.m., Friday, October 10 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,, $12 Fun fact about Busdriver: The L.A.-based rapper was introduced to hip-hop at age 7, because his dad wrote the screenplay to 1985's Krush Groove, a film inspired by the early years of up-and-coming rap producer Russell Simmons, who actually co-produced and appeared in the movie. Doesn't that strike you as something Kanye would do, co-producing a movie with a main character based on himself? In any case, Busdriver has more or less been rapping his entire life, having been a fixture in L.A.'s underground scene since he was a teenager. His latest record, Perfect Hair, features cameos from the likes of Aesop Rock and Danny Brown, but it's really more interesting in how it more or less blows up genre expectations. It's a weird record, and stuffy purists will probably have a lot to find fault with it--in a lot of ways, it comes across like someone rapping over the soundtrack to some weird Xbox 360 game you downloaded at 3 a.m. Or, like, if Stereolab were actually a bunch of black dudes. If any of that makes sense, then you'll want to catch Busdriver when he visits Club Dada. Steve Steward

Radioactivity With Street Arabs and Codetalkers, 8 p.m., Friday, October 10 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. Dallas, TX,,, $8-$10 A great punk song doesn't have to be long at all. Actually, the sweet spot tends to be two and a half minutes, or even less than that if you really know what you're doing. (It's punk, after all.) The longest song on Radioactivity's self-titled album from last year clocks in at three minutes and 17 seconds. This ain't your Pink Floyd and it sure as hell ain't a jazz standard. Denton's Radioactivity is fast and quick and efficient, a dream for any punk fan who's more into the Ramones than the pop-punk that the genre eventually gave life to. H. Drew Blackburn

Live Jazz featuring Vic Juris, Jerry Bergonzi and Adam Nussbaum 8:00, Friday, October 10, Dan's Silverleaf,, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201, $10 There's not nearly enough jazz selections on these lists and jazz is generally the kale of music; it is good for you. We often suggest things that are like inhaling a cigar; you may enjoy it but it is ultimately bad for you. So, go catch jazz guitarist Vic Juris, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and drummer Adam Nussbaum at Dan's. Have your kale, with some syncopation. HDB

Tory Lanez 7 p.m., Friday, October 10, Trees, 2709 Elm St.,, $15 Is there something in the water in Toronto? Perhaps there is, but meet another rapper who blurs the lines between being a rapper and a singer, who is more of a slash than Kordell Stewart himself: Tory Lanez. The rapper/singer was born in the Great White North before eventually moving to the southern Unites States to grow up. Throughout his career he's made some thoroughly catchy songs with amiable hooks with the likes of Kirko Bangs, Souilja Boy, Bun B and more. Keep your eye on this guy; he could be one of rap's next superstars.HDB

Heavenly Beat With Axxa/Abraxas, Tidals, Friday, October 10, 9 pm, Double Wide, 3510 Commerce St.,, $10 In 2011, Beach Fossils bassist John Peña left the band to create his own project, Heavenly Beat. The project is in contrast from the tattered, lo-fi surf rock vibes found in Beach Fossils' tracks. Heavenly Beat is pretty much what it sounds like. On his album Prominence, which was released last year and recorded in his Greenpoint, Brooklyn bedroom, he utilizes guitars and steel drums to create a lush and atmospheric sound. Catch the former Austinite at your favorite honkey tonk, Double Wide, this weekend for some beautiful sounds. HDB

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