The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 2/20-2/22

It may not be Valentine's Day anymore, but fret not; there's still plenty happening in Dallas this weekend, folks. The Thin Line Film Fest takes over Denton. Buffalo Black plays a show to celebrate the release of a Spike Lee film that features his song in the trailer. Jamaican Queens hit Crown & Harp. Ten Hands and Asleep at the Wheel do The Kessler Theater. There's plenty, plenty more as well. Check it out.

See also: Thin Line Fest Might Be Denton's Best Music Festival Buffalo Black Made a Fan of Spike Lee Through Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Thin Line Film Fest With Seryn, Devin The Dude, Blue, the Misfit, Joe Ely, February 18-22, Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 940-382-1915, $10-$75

What was once a niche documentary film festival has added music into the mix. And you know what, Thin Line as what might be the best line up out of all the festivals in North Texas. The bill is diverse and has some heavy hitters with an avalanche of talent. Seryn is also heading back from good ole Nashville to play a show here.

H. Drew Blackburn
"Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" After Party w/ Buffalo Black With Blue, the Misfit, -topic, Lord Byron, Ark the God Given MC, Lily Taylor, X, the Misfit, 10 p.m., Friday, February 20, at Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd, 214-948-1546, $5

Buffalo Black seems to have hit a little bit of gold. The Dallas-based rapper earned the attention of Spike Lee, who not only put Black's song "Enter the Void" on the soundtrack to his latest joint, a vampire thriller called

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

, but also in the trailer. So this is a screening of the film, which starts at 8 p.m., followed by a concert featuring some of Dallas' brightest rap acts. If you're a fan of local hip hop, this is a can't-miss affair.

Jamaican Queens With iill, Def Rain, 9 p.m., Friday, February 20, at Crown & Harp, 1914 Greenville Avenue, 214-828-1914, $8

Indie pop's getting a little interesting. Generally indie pop is a genre as sweet as a bag of Halloween candy. Jamaican Queens, however, add a bit of grit. The trio of Ryan Clancy, Adam Pressley and Ryan Spencer from Detroit combine a grandiose rap-inspired production heavy in bass, 808s and snappy snare with melodies that are most commonly found in an indie rock band. Oh, a touch of electronica. (Did you get all that?) The whole genre-bending extravaganza is sure to make a petulant Beck from 1996 super proud. (No word on what Kanye would think, though.)

Asleep at the Wheel 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, February, 20, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $20-$32

You would think the members of Asleep at the Wheel wake up every morning, light a candle and kneel at the alter of Bob Willis, because without the band's numerous tributes to the Godfather of Western Swing there's no way in hell the group is playing a double header where they can charge $20 a ticket. I mean, more power to the group for finding an avenue to continue to make music, and nothing is more respectable than continuing to share the music of one of the most important musicians in American history. But even the band has admitted that at times it feels like they're cashing in on the legend's work. That's neither here nor there, though. What matters is that you can catch some really great country western music at one of Dallas' best music venues not once but twice this Friday. So if you want to prove your Texan bona fides, you'll get your boots on and get yourself and your dance partner to Oak Cliff.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
The Pin Show Presents: A Scene With French 75 and Diamond Age, 7 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, $10

While New York City is doing its fashion week, it appears as though a little fashion extravaganza of our own is happening. This is a collaborative event where the worlds of fashion and music collide. Designers Nha Khanh, Nine Muses, Emmanuel Tobias and Lucy Dang will show off their latest threads while French 75 and Diamond Age supply the music.

Ten Hands With Mike Dillon and Carl Finch, 7 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, $20-$30

You must know of the legendary Paul Slavens and his band Ten Hands, right? They formed on the eighth day of Earth (or the 1980s) up in Denton. They're a fixture in and around town, even three decades after they first hit the scene. Seeing this decorated jazzy rock band at least once should be on every Dallas music fan's bucket list. Repeat offenses are welcomed as well.

Taking Back Sunday With Letlive and the Menzingers, 6 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at South Side Ballroom,1135 S. Lamar, 214-421-2021 or southsideballroomdallas.com, $38.33

Here's a fact to make you feel old: Remember the "emo revival" of the early 2000s? Yeah, that was 15 years ago. One of the most important bands of that period was Taking Back Sunday. Beginning with their seminal debut album Tell All Your Friends, the Long Island band's released hits like "You're So Last Summer" and "Cute Without the E" to cause fans and peers alike to gravitate toward them. Their second release Where You Want To Be overcame personnel changes to further fortify the band's position as the leaders of the genre. Hell, the tour to promote the album featured Fall Out Boy as openers. Their next album Louder Now was their mainstream breakthrough, with single "Makedamnsure" garnering widespread airplay and even led to the band appearing on the hit show Degrassi. Now, in their 15th year as a band, Taking Back Sunday comes to Dallas hot on the heels of their latest album, Happiness Is.

James Khubiar
Derrick Carter With DJ Red Eye, 10 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., $15

Derrick Carter just might be the most recognizable living ambassador to the legendary Chicago house music scene. That's saying something coming the music scene that has been the inspiration for modern club music as we know it today. As a DJ, label owner and producer, Carter has not only had his fingers on the pulse of house music but has often setting the tempo himself. Carter also has deep roots in Dallas stretching back to the infamous Hazy Daze parties of the '90s, where he was a regular guest sometimes showing up unannounced to blow the roof off of makeshift parties. His last visit to Dallas was a special set of funk, soul, disco and boogie for Too Fresh Productions' Fresh 45s night at Crown & Harp that gave us a rare peak at Carter's roots. This time around we get the full-blown Carter house music experience. His reputation as a top-notch turntable mixologist will be in full effect for what is likely be a packed venue.

Wanz Dover
Local Education: Moth Face With Prism Cloud and Michael Slack, 9 p.m., Sunday, February 22, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com, $5

Sandra Davalo, or Moth Face as she wants to be called while performing, is a relatively new artist around Dallas, but that hasn't stopped her from garnering some buzz. It's well-earned, too. Her lo-fi minimalistic electronic sound is arresting. Be on the lookout for a debut album later this year.

Power Trip With S.H.I.T., Vulgar Display, Slimy Member, 7 p.m., Sunday, February 22, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 East Sycamore Street, Denton, TX, 940-387-7781, $10

Power Trip is a quintet from our very own city, that lovely, world-class gem we call Dallas. This band plays a mix of punk and metal, referred to by those in the know as crossover thrash. It's a ferocious mix of aggressive, fast temps and drumming that fires like a Gatling gun. The guitar licks sound like something is literally being shredded, and we don't just mean a fret board. Power Trip's garnered attention from the likes of Pitchfork for their skillful grasp on this militant style. They're also pretty renowned for their live shows, so enter the pit and get ready for the fists to be thrown.



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