Concerts

The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 11/14-11/16

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See also: Willie Nelson's Picnic at Fort Worth Stockyards, 7/4/14 The Black Keys Coming to American Airlines Center in November

Smallpools With Magic Man, 8 p.m., Friday, November 14, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $17.50-$20 Smallpools had the distinct honor of playing a set at one of the biggest festivals in America, Lollapalooza, earlier this summer. Check this out, too: The band formed in 2013 and half a year later they were signed to RCA and hadn't even played a live show together. And even though they did all of that without having a full length album out, as we all know, playing a set in Dallas is the highest of honors. Find out for yourself if this alternative dance pop group is worth all of the thunder. H. Drew Blackburn

Cold Specks With Leon Bridges, Friday, November 14, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $12-$15 Cold Specks (née Al Spx) hails from Canada, a place known for having free healthcare, giving us 40 percent of the comedic side of Hollywood, (40 percent is Harvard and the other 20 percent is everyone else) and Drake. Now you can add Cold Specks to that aforementioned list of wonderful Canadian things. The songstress uses her booming and voluminous voice to create her own unique twist on folk and soul. Her gloomy sophomore album Neuroplasticity was released on Mute earlier this year and recieved generally favorable reviews from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Under the Radar. HDB

Dope Body With Future Death, Roomrunner, and Triathalon, 10:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Doublewide, 3510 Commerce St , http://www.double-wide.com, $10 When a record label goes forth and really tailors their roster to include artists and bands of a particular sound and vein, you gotta love it. The independent record label Drag City packs their roster full of experimental indie rock bands. A lot of them loud. Some of them nostalgic. Dope Body is both. They're a noise rock band with some straightforward indie mixed in and an attitude you'd often find in indie rock from another decade. Here you get a mix of Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers, all in the nitty gritty of the weirdest parts of the '90s. HDB

Galactic With Big Freedia, 8 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $30 A little bit of New Orleans is hitting the Granada. The headliner is Galactic, a jazz fusion jam band that digs deep into the roots of the bayou incorporating funk, a smattering of bright horn and saxophone notes and bits and pieces of other genres like upbeat funk and hip-hop. Opening for Galactic is Big Freedia, the Boss of bounce, a genre of hip-hop that's intensely rhythmic and mean for you to bounce your ass to, i.e. twerk. This isn't you Miley Columbus version of it either. It's the real deal, from one of the most pure sources. HDB

Sturgill Simpson With Cris Jacobs, 8 p.m., Saturday, November 15, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St, www.dadadallas.com, Sold out Country music has turned into a joke of late. No, really, you already know how we feel about this. It's gotten to the point that Taylor Swift made some mass announcement declaring that she is finally going pop as if what's she's been making for pretty much her entire career is anything other than pop music. Modern country music doesn't typically have as much panache or color or grit like it once did. However, Sturgil Simpson is somewhat of a beacon of light. The Kentucky native has the type of spin on country that could make Hank Williams and Patsy Cline let out a beaming smile. HDB

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H. Drew Blackburn