This weekend you can hear the raspy tales of Jeezy's street life at South Side Ballroom. Captured! By Robots, a band comprised of one human captured by robots, plays a wacky set at Three Links. Garage rockers Jacuzzi Boys take on Club Dada. Hoodie Allen and Chiddy Bang will play the safest rap show you've ever conceived possible at South Side Ballroom. Plus there's much, much more.South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar, 214-421-2021 or southsideballroomdallas.com, $59.50
The Godfather of modern Atlanta trap rap is returning to Dallas. Young Jeezy has been a star in the rap game ever since he released Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 in 2005. After that Jeezy has been through a lifetime of experiences: being on top of the rap world, his infamous feud with Gucci Mane, falling off the top and keeping up with today's rap game. Jeezy will be playing South Side Ballroom supporting his latest release, Seen It All: The Autobiography, which was released last September. But this is intended to more than a look down memory lane; Jeezy wants to remind audiences who ran these street all those years ago - and that he doesn't plan on giving up the game any time soon.
Insanity is on the horizon. Captured! By Robots is partly a band and partly a bizarre performance art project by Jay Vance aka JBOT. What's he's done here is build a band, literally, by building robots and they turned on him and he'd him captive, hence the name. He is their human slave and now they (wait, he?) tour the country and play at dive bars and holes in the wall. This is probably the weirdest thing you'll see all year unless you saw GWAR then it will be the second weirdest thing you've seen all year.HDB Leon Russell With Zack King Band, 7 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $30-$49
There is likely no musician that has contributed more to the canon of American music than Leon Russell. While he enjoyed some modest pop success with songs like "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue," as well as a No. 1 country version of "Heartbreak Hotel" with Willie Nelson, Russell's spent much of his decades-long career in working in the shadows for other musicians and his work is as diverse as it is excellent. In his extensive contributions as a session musician, he appeared on seminal works with the likes of the Byrds, JJ Cale and Delaney & Bonnie. At his show at Granada Theater, you'll get a glimpse of the man himself, playing songs from past and present, with a backup band that is just as talented as he is. Hot Tuna opens the night, setting a stage for an evening of some of the best bluesy classic rock around.Amy McCarthySay Hi With Fishboy and Delia Hunt, 9 p.m., Friday, November 21, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios , 411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, TX, 940-387-7781 or http://www.rubberglovesdentontx.com, $12
The indie rock band Say Hi originally formed in Brooklyn over a decade ago. Since then the band changed their name from Say Hi to Your Mind, apparently to shed off the air of five teenage boys in Hurley t-shirts goading you. Now based in Seattle and eight albums deep, Say Hi, says...er...hello to Denton. They're supporting,Endless Wonder
, which was released earlier this year. The album, like much of Say Hi's catalogue, is full of bright and rosy indie rock tunes that are more contemplative twee than esoterically somber.HDBRhett Miller With the Wind and the Wave and the O's, 7 p.m., Saturday, November 22, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $40-$100
He may receive his mail in another state but Rhett Miller of the Old 97's is a local boy in every way that really counts. When the 97's release an album, Miller and the boys hit seemingly every stage North Texas has to offer. When he wants to celebrate his birthday, he hits the coolest bars in Deep Ellum, which are owned by his buddies. Perhaps most importantly, when he wants to raise money for a cause that's near and dear to his family, as he has for the past few years now, he takes over the Granada to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. You can take the hip-shaker out of Dallas but you can't take the Dallas out of the hip-shaker. And don't sleep on Austin roots act the Wind and the Wave; see them now in an intimate setting before they get Mumford-huge.Kelly DearmoreJacuzzi Boys With White Mystery and Ex-Cult at 8 p.m., Club Dada, Saturday, November 22, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., http://www.dadadallas.com/,$15
The official music video for the Jacuzzi Boys' single "Glazin'" features a bunch of lip-synching vaginas created by fans. Lest you thought the band wasn't really going all-in with the whole wild and crazy garage rock band thing, just keep that in mind. The band hails from Florida, the state that pretty goes in on anything and everything that's outrageous and which we would all trade for a sack of nickels. But after hearing these guys' music, perhaps we could work in a deal where they can stay in the U.S.HDBConvoy & the Cattlemen, With Shotgun Friday and Mo Robson, 9 p.m., Saturday, November 22, at Three Links, 411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, rubberglovesdentontx.com, $4-$6
Convoy and the Cattlemen, lest you gathered this was dubstep by the name, are a six-piece country western outfit formed in Arlington, Texas. The band relished quick twangy tunes that are pretty much a nod to the scene inWalk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
when Mr. Cox gets all big and veins pop out of his throat as he asks to go faster and faster. They're also a nod to the biggest country legends, like Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.HDBHoodie Allen With Chiddy Bang and Max Schneider, 9 p.m. Sunday, November 23, South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. Dallas, TX, 214-421-2021, $39
What type of person would get a bachelor's degree from an Ivy League school, land a job at Google and then throw it all away to become a rapper? A person like Hoodie Allen, apparently, because that's exactly what he did. This is somewhat commendable, because the potential gross income for folks in Silicon Valley is higher than pretty much every other profession, even pop stars. Since leaving Google for a career in hip-hop, Hoodie Allen has created a grassroots movement among fans of unassuming friendly rap and his debut studio album, People Keep Talking, climbed to the No. 2 spot on Billboard's top rap albums. Fellow non-threatening rap duo Chiddy Bang opens.
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L.A. Guns With Stands2reason, Legacy, Alloy, 7 p.m., Sunday, November 23, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15 Listen. We know that glam/hair metal is perhaps on of the largest blemishes in the history of music. Folks who believe that Nirvana is the greatest band ever can use the fact that as grunge became more widespread, it weakened the aforementioned genre's strong hold, and as the most popular grunge band, Nirvana plays the largest part in that demise. Hair/glam metal is a bad thing, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. Here, you have a chance to see a preeminent band of the genre and party your ass off to it -- one that appears to have had somewhere in the neighborhood of 78 billion members who've come and gone throughout the years. HDB
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