The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/22 - 8/24

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It's Friday and that can only mean two things: You survived the week and you deserve to reward yourself. This weekend's concert lineup might have something for everybody in the family. There's rock legends Aerosmith on Friday and then boy band heartthrobs One Direction on Sunday. We foresee both shows involving panties being thrown on stage. But then you can save your panties -- or not -- and see our cover girl, Sarah Jaffe, on Saturday at the Majestic Theatre. Your choice. No losing situation here.

Panic! At the Disco With Youngblood the Hawke and Walk the Moon, 7 p.m., Friday, August 22 at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S Lamar St., southsidemusichall.com, $39.50-$45

Man, Las Vegas is weird. Look at the list of bands from there: The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Friday night's headliner at the South Side Music Hall, Panic! at the Disco. One was the only band to survive the nu-new wave boom of the mid-2000s, one is currently selling out arenas and one is the only band not named Fall Out Boy who is still drawing pop-punk fans in the thousands. In other words, what happens (musically) in Vegas get's huge and doesn't stay in Vegas. Panic! at the Disco's 2013 release, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! was a drastic move away from their pop-punk roots into the world of EDM, with heavy hip-hop influences. Honestly it's a smart move by a band who is trying not only to survive eight years after they broke through, but find new fans.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Aerosmith With Slash, 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 22, at American Airlines Center, americanairlinescenter.com, $49.50-149.50

Despite the recent heart issues afflicting drummer Joey Kramer that caused the cancellation of a recent show in California, the seemingly ageless Aerosmith make their way back to Dallas this Friday. Surprisingly, out of all of the bands that had their heyday in the '70s, Aerosmith remains one of the few that have managed to make decent music in the decades since. The band's continued popularity is a statement to the enduring quality of Steven Tyler's sneering vocals and Joe Perry's always top-notch guitar playing. Of course, classic songs such as "Walk This Way," "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Sweet Emotion" don't hurt either.

Darryl Smyers
Somebody's Darling With The Suffers and Wesley Geiger, 8 p.m., Saturday, August 23, at Trees, 2707 Elm St., tressdallas.com, $12

Led by the terrifically talented Amber Farris, Somebody's Darling are out on tour in support the recently released Adult Roommates. Farris' Janis Joplin-like vocals have always been the band's focal point, but Roommates finds the band investigating all sorts of interesting territory only hinted at on previous efforts. Somebody's Darling has become one of Dallas' best bands on the strength of killer live performances and the ability to merge country, rock and soul into a seamless sound that beckons repeated listening.

3 Doors Down 7 p.m., Saturday, August 23 at Choctaw Casino, 3735 Choctaw Rd, Durant, Okla., choctawcasinos.com, $35-$55

For 18 years, 3 Doors Down has been packing out venues with their blend of faux-Nirvana alt-rock that burst into the mainstream in 1999. You can't begrudge an act for making a career for itself, so instead of slagging away at the band or making them the butt of some joke, pop culture has accepted 3 Doors Down as a band who avoided disappearing like some of their contemporaries. (Looking at you Marcy Playground.) Yeah, they doubled down on the military support to keep their careers going, but there's a lot to be said about a band from the south who decided to dedicate themselves to providing support for the children of the Gulf Coast region, something the band has done since 2003. So don't scoff at the notion of driving to Oklahoma; just let out, have a good time, gamble a bit, and pretend like "Kryptonite" is still the number 1 song in the country, cause 3 Doors Down does it for the children.

Sarah Jaffe 7 p.m. Saturday, August 23 at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., sarahjaffe.com, $22

A product of the Deep Ellum music scene, Sarah Jaffe has evolved greatly from the acoustic folk singer she once embodied with her first album. This week she released her third album, Don't Disconnect, but not without some trouble. Writer's block plagued her while making this album until she got a little help from friend and Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith. Now the album is out with 12 brand new songs. But you should hear them sung live by Jaffe herself in the Majestic Theatre on Saturday, bringing her back to her roots -- the Deep Ellum music scene.

Paige Skinner
One Direction 7 p.m. Sunday, August 24 at AT&T Stadium, ticketmaster.com

After failed attempts at a solo career via the U.K.'s "The X Factor," judge Simon Cowell decided these five young Brits (actually four; one is Irish) could be bigger and better as a group. And they are. Since One Direction's inception, young girls -- probably some of them old, as well -- worldwide have been fawning over Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis. They've sold millions of records. Between the five of them, they have 88.7 million Twitter followers. The band's first music video, "What Makes You Beautiful," has been watched more than 544 million times on YouTube. They are a boy band in the sense that they're boys in a band, but different because they don't dance, they don't wear matching outfits and they're open about having girlfriends -- something boy bands typically try to keep quiet to satisfy their hormonal young fans. And while their songs may not get much deeper than young love, the beat is catchy enough for you to turn up your radio dial and dance along.


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