This week looks like a very fruitful one in terms of shows. First and foremost, there's a ton of Record Store Day stuff happening with a gajillion bands and DJs sharing their love of music. Curren$y has a 4/20-eve show at South Side Ballroom where the clock is sure to strike midnight at some point. Sir Michael Rocks has a show at Three Links, Stone Temple Pilots rock out at the House of Blues, and OK Go does their quirky stuff at the Granada. There's plenty more, too.
Stone Temple Pilots, they're elegant bachelors, but they're only half the men they used to be. Okay, they're three-fourths the men they used to be, but the one who's missing is the most important of the group: Scott Weiland. The San Diego quartet is a long way from its mid-'90s heyday, when the classic rock hooks, mush-mouthed vocals and Gen X ramblings of songs like "Creep" and "Interstate Love Song" propelled them to MTV stardom. (Remember those days?) Then again, maybe Weiland wasn't so crucial after all. His well-publicized troubles with drug addiction led first to STP breaking up and eventually to a messy divorce, the legal battles over which are still ongoing. But it's just as well for the DeLeo brothers and band mate Eric Kretz, who hired Linkin Park frontman and self-proclaimed STP superfan Chester Bennington to take Weiland's place. It's the perfect marriage, as they can punch the clock knowing they have a low-maintenance singer who's living out his dream and sounds just like the real thing. So can we call just hum along?
Whirr is a shoe-gaze band from San Francisco, California. They bring an update to the sound of some of the pioneers of the genre such as My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. Their sound can be wholly dependent on manipulation and creating a lush guitar-based atmosphere or it can easily take a right turn and rev itself into a fast-paced, post-punk groove. In 2013, they released their debut Pipe Dreams, and last year the follow-up Sway was came out on Graveface.H. Drew BlackburnQuiet Company With Calhoun 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Live Oak Music Hall, 1311 Lipscomb Street Fort Worth, TX, $8-$12
Quiet Company's cinematic rock, in which a piano makes some guest appearances, is enough to overwhelm you in a small and well-put together venue like Club Dada. The band, which hails from Austin, packs a great indie rock punch as they add soaring choruses to the frequent guest stars like the aforementioned piano and bright brass notes.HDBSir Michael Rocks With Robb Banks, Pouya, 8 p.m., Friday, April 17, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or threelinksdeepellum.com, $20-$50
Sir Michael Rocks is one half of the rap group The Cool Kids. In the late aughts they were trailblazers of a nostalgic era that swept hip hop. they took it to 100 with wistful rhymes about gold and pagers. In order to spread their wings, Rocks and his co-conspirator went solo. Now, Rocks is more of a contemporary rapper who delves into the subject matter you would expect, but now his fascination is with all things luxury and lush. He's way more velvet loafers type of guy than retro Jordans.HDBJosey Records Record Store Day With Foley, Jesse Frye, Blue, the Misfit, Sam Lao, and more, 12 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at Josey Records, 2821 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Ste 100, 972-243-2039 Free
Josey Records one of the newer record stores in Dallas is holding its first Record Store Day with a packed line up featuring local acts. Headlining is Foley from Ohio, who was once Miles Davis' bassist and made the bass sound like an electric guitar. Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Jessie Frye, rapper-producer, Blue, the Misfit and plenty more all day.HDBGood Records 8th Record Store Day With A shit ton of bands and DJs, 7 a.m., Saturday, April 18, at Good Records, 1808 Greenville Ave, 214-752-4663, Free
As the big record store in town, you know Good Records would have something special in store for its 8th Record Store Day. Throughout the day, there are going to be 18 different DJs spinning tunes, one of which will be Jeff Gage, the Dallas Observer's music editor and Young Father, who is in town for a show. There's also going to be a shit ton of bands like Party Static, iill, Grammy winner John Congleton, Derek Rogers, Moth Face, OK Go, before they head to the Granada, and presumably 800 billion more. Check it out, it's all free.HDBOk Go 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $24
Honestly I can't name a single Ok Go song, and I've seen every one of the group's "viral" videos that they seem to put out on a yearly basis. You gotta hand it to them: They were the first act to figure out the power of YouTube and exploit it for reverence. Damian Kulash and crew have been making quality power-pop since 1998, and while that's admirable, there's no doubt that the band's audience tripled (and then some) after their first video in 2007. Add in videos with the Muppets and Good Morning America's dedicating entire segments to whatever the group thinks up next, and you cans see why they're not going away anytime soon. So, go to the Granada, listen to some power pop, wait for the treadmills to be brought out, and have a really safe time. Bonus points: They'll be playing a (free) acoustic show beforehand at Good Records' Record Store Day party earlier in the afternoon.Jaime-Paul FalconYoung Fathers Mas Ysa, Buffalo Black, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $14
Young Fathers are a hip hop group from Scotland. That's the short story, but you probably want the long story. Young Father incorporates elements of krautrock, independent rock, r&b, and electronica to create a dense and experimental version of rap music. Their debut recordDead
was well recieved by critics, and so much so that it won thr Mercury Prize last year, which is more or less the top honor for musicians in the United Kingdom.HDBToni Braxton 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or winstarworldcasino.com, $55-$65
In the decade that Buzzfeed has based its nostalgia-based ethos of happy sappy, the 1990s, Toni Braxton was a megastar. She told tens of millions of records; her eponymous debut sold 10 million copies, and her follow-up, Secrets, spread another 15 million into the hands of music fans around the world. Perhaps her biggest hit, "Un-Break My Heart," won a Grammy and stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks. Like any good megastar in their career twilight, Braxton is cashing in at places like Winstar Casino, where she visits this Saturday.HDBCurren$y 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or gilleysdallas.com, $30
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New Orleans is a destination for rap. A lot of people know this because of Lil Wayne and Boosie, but people are really only scratching the surface of Nola at that point. More recently people have been turned on to Kevin Gates, who is a young upstart from the city. In between a Boosie or a Wayne and a Gates is Curren$y AKA Spitta. Spitta has been a darling in the rap world for years. He and Wiz Khalifa were inseparable for years before Wiz went and found himself in the mainstream. Producers like the Alchemist and Harry Fraud serve up beats for Spitta because they want to work with him. There's an expression called "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper" used a lot in the rap game, but few actually have the CV to back that claim up. When you consider that Spitta has somehow flown under the radar to many, despite his adoring audience within the creative community of the rap world, you know that he has a solid argument to make. Catch Spitta and say you knew before others did.James Khubiar
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