The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 7/25-7/27

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If you're anything like me, you've been to more than a few concerts already over the course of the week. And hey, maybe you need a night off or two to recover from all the fun you've had on nights when you've still had work the next day. Then again, maybe you're just that much hungrier for more shows now that the weekend is coming up. In that case, you're in luck. It's the last weekend of July and there are plenty of shows to get ready for.

Kawehi 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 25, at The Prophet Bar

You might recognize Kawehi's enthralling vocals and love of looping from her now-viral "Heart-Shaped Box" cover, which captured the attention of many with its release in March of this year. Unsurprisingly, this isn't the 31-year-old singer-songwriter's first brush at success. Long before her unique covers ever hit the Internet, the Hawaii native enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles before relocating to Kansas in June. She has since released a handful of projects, fashioning a creative mix of electronica, pop and rock with a genuine love for science fiction. She'll be on tour in support of her latest release,

Robot Heart


Michelle Ofiwe
MKTO 7 p.m., Friday, July 24, at House of Blues

At this point, the tale of two Nickelodeon alumni graduating to tweenage pop stars shouldn't come as a surprise; in fact, it seems to be what the media conglomerate does best. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller represent only part of Nickelodeon's new generation of multi-talented rapping-singing-wunderkids, but are clearly making a name for themselves on the pop and hip-hop charts. After immense positive reception of their 2013 debut,

Thank You

, the duo released their self-titled EP in April 2014 to a still-growing fanbase, and rapidly linked up with Disney veteran Demi Lovato for a summer 2014 tour. They'll be flying solo for their return to Dallas, and with plenty of new material behind them.


The Oscillators Saturday, July 26, at The Prophet Bar The Oscillators are out on a mission to save rock 'n' roll -- but not from itself. In fact, all the Flower Mound natives want to do is make the purest rock 'n' roll possible, and have no problem drawing from a variety of folk, psychedelia, funk and classic rock influences to create the perfect synergy of "high-voltage rock." If you want to groove, the Oscillators have the rhymes and the time to make it happen for you, and it won't even cost you that much. They'll be joined by Austin indie-rock duo the Vantage, folk-blues singer Macon Hatton and more. MO

Young Thug With YMCMB & DJ Stevie J, 8 p.m., Saturday, July 26, at The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., 214­-742- 3367, $25

With a slew of chart-­topping hits under his belt, Young Thug has made his case as hip­hop's hottest hit maker. Since the release of his much­buzzed

1017 Thug

mixtape in February 2013, the 21­-year-­old Atlanta native has churned out music with an impressive consistency, making his sneezing, yelping ad ­libs and raspy, stuttering flow chart­topping fixture. Equally impressive is the rapper's affinity for collaborations: T.I., Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and Tyga are just a few of the many rappers who have tapped Young Thug for hits of their own ­­ and with good reason, given Thug's current reign over hip­hop radio. Now, in only the first six months of 2014, Young Thug has released four mixtapes, no doubt inspiring a staggering amount of hits for the rest of the year. With a domestic tour underway, there's no telling where you'll see or hear from hip-­hop's newest star next.

The Coathangers 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Dada, 2720 Elm St. 214-742-3400 or dadadallas.com, $10

Hailing from Atlanta, the Coathangers are a trio of pissed-off women who gleefully spew the kind of subject matter that most find repugnant. In other words, they are a pretty damn great punk band that doesn't give a shit whether or not you find them offensive or even like them at all. The Coathangers are at their best on stage where Crook Kid, Minnie and Rusty can strain the definition of unruly. This is ugly music that is unaffected by the pretense that can affect many all-female acts under the ironically misogynistic guidance of labels and promoters. The Coathangers most recent effort,

Suck My Shirt

, is the band's most streamlined and sonically pleasing platter to date. Any fan of true punk rock needs to give this band its due.

Darryl Smyers
Austin Mahone With The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendez, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Verizon Theatre, 10001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $29.50-$65

Pop peer Justin Beiber had plenty wondering what the future of pop music looked like with his smash hit 2011 debut,


. It was as if pop was returning to its boy-band roots, complete with sugary smiles and perfect haircuts, and if the screaming fangirls were anything to go by, teen heartthrobs were suddenly back in. Enter Austin Mahone just a year later, armed with well-practiced dance moves and crossover appeal, mixing his pop sensibilities with R&B and rap influences. His 2012 hit "Say Somethin" earned him a tour spot with Taylor Swift less than a month later, and was officially announced Teen Ambassador of label-mate Lil Wayne's urban gear line Trukfit by November of that year. Since then, Mahone's been in the business of racking up move roles and advertisement spots -- smart endeavors no doubt, but it'll take more than a few Nickelodeon appearances for fans to truly warm up to the potential pop prince. Here's hoping his live show will be just a taste of what's to come.


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