A brand new addition to the Dallas music scene has been hyped up and hyped up and hyped up. And well, the hype is well deserved. The Bomb Factory opened its doors to the public on Thursday with a spectacular sold out show headlined by the Queen of Dallas, Erykah Badu. This weekend you can catch plenty of other shows, like the third-ever at The Bomb Factory with the Toadies. There's also Reckless Kelly at Granada Theeater, Sir-Mix-a-lot at Trees and much, much more.Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $20-$39
A Texas country band via a couple of bros from the Western Pacific states, Reckless Kelly decided the best way to make it was (surprise, surprise) to move to Austin. Lucky for them it worked out. The sorority country group (that would be a band who goes over extremely well at sorority shindigs; no shade, though -- what works just works) has been making it's way around the south since 1997, hitting it sort of big in 2008 with their album Bulletproof. Since then they've doubled down on their mass appeal sound, and have held steady as a mid-tier Texas country group that's good for a crowd, and good for a well-put-on show. You can't ask for much more in the current musical landscape, and with these guys, you know they'll always deliver.
There's a movie by the name of The Devil Wears Prada. It's about a young woman who works at a fashion magazine for an evil Anna Wintourian matriarch, get it the devil wears Prada. Clever. I get it. There's also a band of the same name, which will play at The Door. They were inspired by the book that inspired the aforementioned movie, but, to step the clever up, they're a christian metal band, i.e. God's Gift to straight edge teens.H. Drew BlackburnThe Hope Trust With Mtn. Air and Skagg Philips, 9 p.m., Friday, March 29, at Dan's Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201, http://www.danssilverleaf.com, $7
The Hope Trust have been around Denton, for about a decade. It's safe to say, they're a trustworthy (boom!) act to put on a great show, we hope. In 2007, the band released their first album,The Incurable Want
. The weekend the quartet of Jeremy Buller, Mike Upshaw, Jason Upshaw and Tom Bridwell releases their six-track project,Silver & Lead
, which is a trustworthy continuation of the band's folksy indie-rock sound with smart lyrics and instrumentation that feels like home.HDBRiFF RAFF With Yung Nation, 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, at Thee Theater, 2208 Main Street, 469-371-8518, $45-$75
If you're into this sort of thing, RiFF RAFF is coming into town to perform what some would call music. It's for genuine fans and enthusiasts of irony alike. If you want to take part in the rip-roaring fun time of what you think is Brad Gluckman, the non fictional version, go ahead and be slightly racist. If you're genuinely into this goofy shit, know that it's here for you to tip toe in your Jordan's to. Maybe RiFF RAFF will even peddle salisbury steak sweaters for you to take home. We're looking forward to his prospective wrestling career, his personality was made for it.HDBThe Wailers With Bum Lucky, 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $28
The Wailers is essentially a rolling rotation of a reggae band. What makes these guys special is they used to play with the legend, Bob Marley. At least a few of them actually got to play with Marley, but now it's been more of a proverbial torch that carries on the spirit of Marley and roots reggae. In celebration of the 30th anniversary ofLegend
, the group hits the road.HDBThe Beat Dolls With From Parts Unknown, Blank Men, 9 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 East Sycamore Street, Denton, TX, 940-387-7781
The Beat Dolls are a punk trio from Austin, Texas. They're an incredibly upbeat band who give off the aura that they'd much rather party than loathe. This is skanking-ready music. Their roots trace back to Dallas, though: Lead singer Angie Munsey's rockabilly musician father, Jack Starr, had a song called Beat Dolls which inspired the namesake. So it's safe to say that this band's a chip off the old block.HDBToadies With Brutal Juice, Baboon, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $36
The Toadies are one of our most prized acts out here in North Texas. After Erykah Badu, our one true bohemian savior, opened up The Bomb Factory, it's only right that they keep the opening week of the venue going strong just two days later. The Toadies originally formed back in 1989, and what came to follow was their fantastic debutRubberneck
, which celebrated 20 years in 2014. The band would later break up in the year 2000. They've mended their wounds though, having been back together since 2006, playing some of the new and some of the old.HDBSir Mix-a-Lot With White Noyze, RVDPVUCK and Hip Hop Hooray, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $17-$22
Rapper and producer Sir Mix-a-Lot is a valiant knight who's fought a long battle against waifish, modelesque beauty standards with his classic "Baby Got Back," the greatest anthem to generously plump booties since Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." One could make the case that he's single-handedly shaped society's body ideals into Kardashian proportions, and in turn hold him responsible for many a butt implant. With all these impressive achievements, it's hard to remember Mix-a-Lot was actually a platinum-selling artist before his anaconda wanted none. Unless you had buns. Hun. His 1988 album Swass had the moderately successful hit "Posse on Broadway," and then there's "Jump On It," which saves him from joining the one-hit-wonder club. He's also a hip-hop pioneer, particularly considering that late '80s Seattle was less hip hop than Orange County is today (or, well, ever). Nothing brings more big booty to the dance floor like "Baby Got Back," so if that's your thing you'd be a fool not to make it out to Trees. Sorry, breast men; we'll find something for you soon.Eva RaggioSarah Jaffe 5 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201, http://www.danssilverleaf.com, $10
How awesome it must be to play the bar you once worked at (and played at while you were working there) after you've moved away and done things like get featured on NPR? I think it'd be extremely awesome. Since her days tending bar at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton, Jaffe has switched up her playing style, opting for an electronic-based sound. But, maybe since home is where the heart is, she's going back to her roots and doing an acoustic set.HDBPentatonix 7p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $30-$60
I'm not really sure how an a cappella group from Arlington managed to get booked at a venue like the Verizon Theatre, but it's happening. Oh, wait. I figured it out. They won a singing competition show that probably took 1 minute and 14 seconds to name calledThe Sing Off
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. After the show, they took a page out of the Bieber Book of Success and found glory on Youtube, amassing about eight million subscribers and 900 million views. Also, though the tour was booked before the group won a Grammy for a medley of Daft Punk songs, that shirt can't hurt putting butts in those seats.HDB
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