FACT: Thunder only happens when it's raining; players only love you when they're playing. These are very true words from none other than Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. You can see them this weekend at the American Airlines Center. there are a few other cool shows in Dallas this weekend as well. RL Grime does South Side Music Hall and TOKiMONSTA heads over to Trees. Kanye's frequent collaborator and cousin, The World Famous Tony Williams has a set at Epocha and Elle Varner has a show at the House of Blues. Snot plays an ultra rare show at Trees and Three Links hosts a show with a handful of legendary local punk bands.
Dubstep and trap are some of music's most dynamic genres. The two are constantly evolving and raising the bar for what they can be. RL Grime has only been active for a few years, but in that time he has inserted into the discussion for one of the elite artists blending the two genres togetether. After releasing a string of acclaimed EPs, most notably 2013's High Beams, Grime is now celebrating the recent release of his debut album Void, which was released just last month. Grime's brand of dubstep is a departure from much of the genre's aggressive "wait til you hear the drop" structure, and in Void he's melded it into a softer, slower trap album. This is what has made Grime one of the interesting mainstream producers: by doing something different. With dubstep and trap being as in-demand as ever, Grime's Southside Music Hall show is not to be missed. Catch him here in a relatively intimate setting before you have to wade through an Electric Daisy Carnival to see him.James KhubiarTOKiMONSTA 7 p.m., Friday, December 12, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $15-$20
TOKiMONSTA, born name Jennifer Lee, is a DJ from Los Angeles, California whose roots in musicianship harken back to days of playing the classical piano. She's ditched the keys for the one's and two's and APC and become one of beats culture's most promising artists. Her first album was released through Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label,Midnight Menu
, in 2010 and the her latestDesiderium
was released this year through Young Art. TOKiMONSTA also does her fair share of fantastic remixes of songs by a wide array of artists from Justin Timberlake to Kool Keith.H. Drew BlackburnTech N9ne With Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru, 8 p.m. Friday, December 12, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or gasmonkeylive.com, $23-$50
Aaron Yates has been going at it hard since the early '90s. He was given the name Tech N9ne because the speed of bullets flowing out of a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun makes for a great comparison with the pace of his Midwestern rhymes. Selling out shows and selling two million records did not come easy for Tech N9ne, who somehow forged a career out of the Kansas City hip-hop scene, coming out of (and back into) the underground too many times to count. Make no mistake about it: He has worked his ass off for over two decades to get where he is now, releasing 14 studio albums since 1999 and touring relentlessly. Tech N9ne's recordings and live performances have sharpened accordingly and his 15th album, Special Effects, is due next year. This show will find him weeks into a typically grueling tour schedule, but the breakneck pace of the rhymes along with his intense stage presence makes people lose their minds every night.Jeremy HallockBad Sports With Radioactivity, The Phuss, PVC Street Gang, 9 p.m., Friday, December 12, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228, $9-$12
A dream punk bill has found its way to Three Links, yes, of course. Loud and rambunctious punk is a tradition in Denton and Bad Sports is one of the many great bands of that ilk. They're headlining this show along with Radioactivity, whose lead singer, Jeff Burke is also in the Marked Men. The Phuss out of Fort Worth and PVC Street Gang out of Dallas round out this stellar bill.HDBThe World Famous Tony Williams With Kirk Thurmond and Freddy Sans, 6 p.m., Friday, December 12, at Epocha, 2450 Elm. St., $10
Tony Williams is in fact world famous. He's laid a truckload of back up vocals for his cousin and the greatest artist of our generation, Kanye West, (if you disagree you're justwrong
) on albums and at concerts. Out on his own, he released a few mixtapes and an album,King or the Fool
. The Dallas by way of Oklahoma native will play a set at the art gallery/ boutique Epocha along with Kirk Thurmond and Freddy Sans.HDBHeart Byrne: Talking Heads Tribute 8 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 9 p.m., at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228, $5-$16
You won't see a Talking Heads reunion anytime soon and that's if soon meant never. The Rock and Roll inductee left its stamp on rock throughout the duration of its career, but over the course of time the art school kids soured on one another. Thankfully, before the band dynamic went downhill, they were able to release a few wonderful albums. Remain In Light, 77, and More Songs About Buildings and Food all live on as great records. Talking Heads also helped shape shape the genre of new wave and build the legend and lore around the East Village punk venue, CBGB. the next best thing is to seeing these guys is the great cover band and that's is Heart Byrne.HDBSpoonfed Tribe With Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Henry and The Invisibles, Mora Collective, and Groovement, 8 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $12
Fort Worth's Spoonfed Tribe has had the pleasure of playing marquee festivals around the country like Lollapalooza and Wakarusa. It's not for nothing either. Their shows have been lauded all over for being as weird, vibrant, and neon as the band's music. Spoonfed Tribe can be best described as an "experience." This is both through the music and visually as well.HDBFleetwood Mac 6 p.m. Sunday, December 14, American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or americanairlinescenter.com, $45.75-$175.75
"Don't stop thinking about your next paycheck" has been the members of Fleetwood Mac's mantra since the band reunited in 1997. While it would be easy to slag on the group for it, they gave us some of the best songs ever made during their heyday in the 1970s. They also have given us some of the funniest throwaway jokes in pop culture history. Yeah, Fleetwood Mac made awesome music, but the random Lindsey Buckingham jokes from Saturday Night Live's "What's Up With That" skit is what I think about when I hear the band's name. Hell, listening to "Gypsy" sends me into a fit of laughter because I can's help but think of "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Round-Up." And maybe that says more about the band's legend than just their music can: Fleetwood Mac is a pop culture phenomenon. Everyone knows them, they're referenced by musicians and comedian alike, and not many can say they have such a reach. So, I'm looking forward to Sunday's show, but not quite as much as I'm looking forward to going as Stevie Nicks next Halloween.Jaime-Paul FalconElle Varner With Twelve Foot Ninja, Starset, and 3 Pill Morning, 6 p.m., Sunday, December 14, at House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St., 214-978-2583, houseofblues.com/dallas, $26
Elle Varner studied music at New York University's uber selective Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and not long after graduating scored a record deal with RCA. The songstress released her debut album,Perfectly Imperfect
in 2012, which was met with acclaim thanks to its uncanny ability to bridge the gap between R&B and singer-songwriter genres. Most notably, she earned a Grammy nomination for her single "Refill."Varner has a bright future ahead of her and is a star to keep your eye on.HDBSnot With He Is Legend, Thira, Lydia Can't Breath, Serosia, 7 p.m., Sunday, December 14, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $16-$21
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Snot is a very appropriate name for a band that's done hardcore, nu metal, funk metal. The band's had quite the history to match all of the attitude you'd expect from them. The band's debut album was released on a major label, Geffen, but didn't really sell, which led them to an indie label, Immortal. The former lead singer was arrested at Ozzfest for indecent exposure. The former lead singer, Lynn Strait died in a car accident (rest in piece) which led to the band calling it quits. They've only reunited once since Strait's untimely death in late 1998. Fans of the band are in for a super rare treat.HDB
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