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.
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. HDB
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.) HDB
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. HDB