Wait a minute, what are you doing on the Internet today? Shouldn't you still be staying as far away from rest of the world as possible? Oh, right, it's Black Friday. So the whole family thing is kind of already out the window again, isn't it. In that case, there happens to be a whole bunch of concerts happening around Dallas this weekend (including one happening in the middle of Black Friday "festivities" at Good Records) that will help you forget that you were ever on a holiday -- if, that is, you didn't already sneak out of the house to hit the bars last night.
Here is a perfect opportunity to grab a bunch of exclusive records that you can't get from Urban Outfitters or Dallas' not-so-iconic bookstore. (There we go using that word again. SIlly us!) Because of capitalism, Record Store Day is dabbling in Black Friday, and this is great for the album listening/collecting set. At Good Records there will be exclusive releases from the Afghan Whigs, the Flaming Lips, Phil Spector, St. Vincent and more. And there will also be some in-store performances starting at 8 p.m. from the Street Arabs and the Aquaholics.HDBBlue October With 8 p.m., Friday, November 28, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $48-$81
Alternative rock band Blue October is a big deal, such a big deal that they'll play two shows at the House of Blues this week. The band began their career in Houston in the mid 90s. After their independently released debut album, The Answers, was released in 1998 they caught the eye of Universal records. Since then, the band has supplied fans with a stream of somber rock tunes to be melancholy to. Check out one of their two shows, and be forewarned that this isn't the English synthpop band of the same exact name. In that case, you'd probably show up disappointed, and maybe leave pleased.HDBFKA Twigs With, 8 p.m. Friday, November 28, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $20
Whether you think she's the next art-pop game-changer or simply a trip-hop vestige, FKA Twigs is one of the most-discussed artists of the year. Twigs followed 2013's breakout EP2 with the proper full-length LP1 earlier this year, and it's streaked with all the aesthetic indulgences and experimental prodding of a genuine auteur in the making. Her art sees future meet tradition as technology clashes with the warmth of organic song craft: One minute the music's reduced to rubbery threads and mechanical clicks, the next she slathers the mix with R&B rhythms and soaring vocal melodies. There's a pungent waft of theater to the way Twigs moves through her music, her soul-on-the-sleeve compulsions slyly hidden beneath a spectrum of shuffling masks. The rangy, acrobatic maneuvering of her voice adds additional layers to this sense of drama. As accessible as it is subtly dark, Twig's music is among the finest of year, as are her gracefully surreal stage productions.Jonathan PatrickDouble Wide Black Friday With Black Taffy, Ethereal and the Queer Show, Lily Taylor, and For Silence, Double Wide at 8:30 p.m., Friday, November 28, at Double Wide, 3510 Commerce St, $7-$10
You don't have to shop on Black Friday. Matter of fact, we don't recommend it unless you really have to buy that TV or you're getting some vinyl. Double Wide, for the sake of holiday consistency, is hosting another party, roughly 24 hours after ignoring the moratorium on Thanksgiving itself. But in doing so they're taking a little bit of a turn from their usual love for gritty guitar-driven rock. Tonight Double Wide gets artsy with a few of Dallas most art-centric acts in Lily Taylor, Black Taffy, Ethereal and the Queer Show and For Silence. There will even be visuals from media artist Sean Miller. Pinkies up at Double Wide for this one.HDBHunter Hayes With Dan + Shay and The Railers, 8 p.m., Saturday, Novemeber 29, Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, TX, 972-854-5111, http://www.verizontheatre.com, $58-$296
Hunter Hayes is a young and blonde country music star who plays an acoustic guitar. Basically, the dude version of Taylor Swift before she "went pop." His crowning achievement at the moment might be a crown over at the Guinness Book of Records for multiple concerts played in different cities in the time span of 24 hrs, a record previously held by The Flaming Lips. His sophmore album Storyline debuted at number one on the country Billboard charts. So, maybe he doesn't have as much star power as good ole Taylor, but he's certainly got the whole acoustic-country-pop thing down and is bringing it to Grand Prairie for your entertainment.HDBDevin the Dude With The Outfit, TX, 7 p.m., Saturday, November 29, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX, 214-824-9933, http://www.granadatheater.com, $20-$22
Devin the Dude is somewhat of a stoner rap pioneer. The Houston dwelling emcee has given us the depressing jam from the heavens of Stonerville, "Doobie Ashtray," which was produced by the one and only DJ Premier. He's also responsible for the brilliant collabo with Snoop Dogg (eh) and Andre 3000, "What A Job." He began his career at Houston's legendary Rap-A-Lot Records working with Scarface and the like and has since sat comfortably in the underground scene. If you're into stoner rappers, he's pretty much the zenith, who will one day pass the torch to Curren$y, of lovable and affable pothead rapper. Well, not torch, perhaps joint.HDB106.1 Kiss FM'S Jingle Ball featuring Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, MAGIC!, Jeremih, Echosmith, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, and Jake Miller 4 pm, Sunday, November 30, at the Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111, $27.50 - $157.50
Jay Z once immortally declared, "Got beef with radio if I don't play the show/They don't play my hits, well I don't give a shit, so." Unlike the Jigga Man, all the artists appearing at the Verizon Theatre for Kiss FM's Jingle Ball give a shit if radio plays their hits, because they desperately need radio to make their hackneyed careers a thing. The radio waves are populated with pop trash that exists solely because some executive at Warner Bros. went over a chart of what sounds work, and assigned them to whatever music bot was readily available."Let's do Rilo Kiley, and Metric, but like 500 times worse!" says the person who came up with Echosmith. "311, but without the weed references and like 10 percent more HPV!" says the person who came up with Magic! "A really untalented version of Usher!" says Jason Derulo's mom. "Amy Winehouse's production, but with a worse voice!" says Meghan Trainor's manager. And the all time best: "Blink 182's darker songs, but without any wit, or musical talent," says Pete Wentz. And they repeat ad-nauseam every few years so that the pop-music money train never stops, and it will never stop, because there's always a new face to push. Oh, and where the fuck does Nick Jonas get off thinking he's Justin Timberlake?Jaime-Paul Falcon
Sunday November 30th"18 Year Anniversary Party" hosted by Slim Gravy, with Daniel Hart (solo set)/Dark Rooms, Dead Mockingbirds, The Chloes, Jenny Robinson, Blue, The Misfit, -topic, Buffalo Black and more, 12 p.m., Sunday, November 30, at Crown and Harp, 1914 Greenville Ave, Free
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Congrats, Crown and Harp, you can now buy cigarettes, which isn't suggested, but it's your life man, do what you do. You can vote. You can get a tattoo. You can buy a lottery ticket and never win anything more than 20 bucks. You can legally do the sex anywhere in the U.S. Sadly, you can't even celebrate your own party, which has a stacked bill of some of Dallas' best artist spanning rock, rap and electronica. If only you were 21, right? Sucks to suck. The rest of us that are 21 and over, it would behoove us head on down for this week's most enticing party.HDB
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