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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/16 - 5/18

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Foreigner With Styx and Don Felder, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5050 or verizontheatre.com, $17.50-87.50 Don't you hate it when good tunes are ruined by some kid trying to play it on a video game like Guitar Hero? In the case of Foreigner, their songs somehow seem tailor-made for such vicarious experiences. Songs like "I Want To Know What Love Is" and, of course, "Juke Box Hero" were rooted in starry-eyed themes of fame and romance. Now, nearly 40 years after those songs made them famous, Mick Jones (not to be confused with Joe Strummer's old band mate) and his crew have managed to coast through the decades on a handful of bombastic hits that still enable them to fill arenas like the Verizon Theatre. Disdain it if you will, but it's hard to deny the widespread appeal of these would-be heroes especially when they're joined by fellow dad-rock celebs like Styx and the Eagles' Don Felder. Paige Skinner

Moving Units With Mr. Kitty and NITE, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $10-$12 To say that Los Angeles indie-dance band Moving Units is aptly named is just too irresistible: The group has seen more changes in its lineup than Destiny's Child or Guns 'N Roses. Even Blake Miller, the lead singer and only remaining original member, had a hiatus from the group, during which time he focused on DJing and collaborated with Steve Aoki in Weird Science. Over its 12-year existence, the band has shifted styles with bipolar unpredictability, drawing comparisons to bands as disparate as the Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, and Pulp. The band's latest album, Neurotic Exotic, is a moody and enchanting work including the school-note confession "Kate Moss in '97." It's also only record so far from the current lineup. We'll see what mood they're when hit Dada. Eva Raggio

Todd Edwards With DJ Red Eye, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at It'll Do Club, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236, $15 When he plays It'll Do this Saturday, dance music legend and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards will be making his first visit to Dallas. Far from a household name in America, Edwards, who has spent most of his career based in New Jersey, has been a mainstay of popular dance music since the mid-'90s throughout the rest of the world. Taking his inspiration from house trailblazers like Todd Terry, MK and Master at Work, Edwards channels a deep love for house music to create a signature sound of his own -- a sound that has had a huge influence on U.K. garage, house and even some of the more Eurocentric dubstep. In fact, amongst those scenes he is affectionately referred to as "Todd the God" for the enormous impact he has had on DJ culture over the past two decades. Wanz Dover

Mint Condition 8 p.m. Sunday, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $39-$61 This year, Mint Condition celebrate their 30th year together, but you wouldn't know it from their ageless appearances. As their name suggests, this band's smooth R&B is pristine, laying it on thick with sleek grooves and sultry vocals. The band writes and produces all of their own songs and that has stood out to fans and peers alike. Originating in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mint Condition's biggest fan might actually be Prince. But don't take our word for it. The Purple One actually invited the band on his two-year Welcome 2 America tour. Now the quintet is performing on its own and should be right at home in the snug environs of the House of Blues. Paige Skinner

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