Steely Dan and Backstreet Boys are both in town this week, two bands your friends can't tell if you like sincerely or ironically. Looks like they're about to find out. If you answered neither, fret not! You've got plenty of options. Looking for something a little hard, fast, and intimate? Well, you sound like a pervert. But you should probably make your way to Texas Theatre on Friday to check out a rare appearance from No Age, who haven't been in town for a full calendar year. Maybe you're looking for something with a little more bounce by the ounce, in which case, you've got two hip hop greats and a bangin-ass block party to choose from. Decisions, decisions.
Kool Keith Thursday, August 29, at Club Dada Kool Keith was weirder than you when he started doing this in the '90s, and he's still weirder now. It's been a tumultuous and violent fifteen years for Keith's many personas, though most of their trauma has been at the hands of each other. The horrorcore progenitor comes to town supported by a couple locals with plenty of stories themselves in -topic and Buffalo Black. Kiernan Maletsky
Backstreet Boys Friday, August 30, at Verizon Theatre 14 years ago, Orlando, Florida's the Backstreet Boys' released their third album Millennium. Fueled by BSB's rabid fan base and the success of the album's first, still-awesome single, "I Want It That Way," Millennium set records by moving 1,134,000 copies in its first week. That was pretty much the peak for the Boys. They spent the next several years on endless world tours, less successful follow-ups and eventually the loss of a member, and eventually they broke up. Luckily for them, the Internet sped up the nostalgia process considerably, and the group has a found a second career as a guilty pleasure night for former screaming fans. Which is why Verizon Theatre will be filled with people who are slightly embarrassed by how loud they're screaming for Nick, Kevin, AJ, Brian and Howie D. They shouldn't be. We all want it that way sometimes. Jaime-Paul Falcon
Devin The Dude Friday, August 30, at Granada Theater Houston's stoner rap stalwart returns this week to grace the Granada's historic stage once again. This time, the Southern smooth talker will be joined by hometown heroes A.Dd+ and Internet Trap God. This is the kind of bill that bridges the gap between traditional third coast style and the progressive new school rap sound that continues to flourish in Dallas. There's a surprise guest in store you won't want to miss. Lets just say, it's someone who is sure to make you smile. Vanessa Quilantan
No Age Friday, August 30, at the Texas Theatre Do we know how lucky we are to have The Texas Theater in Dallas? Not only do they screen movies no one else in town is willing to, but they also host some killer events as well. Friday's No Age show is a perfect example of the theater's eclectic programming.
The band plays chaotically curated noise rock and is fresh off the release of the full length With An Object. The two piece was last in town for 35 Denton's Wet Hot Mess event last year. This should be a decidedly more intimate show. Come celebrate one of our city's true treasures with one of modern music's best live experiences. Lee Escobedo