The Eight Best Shows in DFW this Week, October 24 to 30

Halloween is the best holiday, and that is just a fact. Christmas presents and Thanksgiving dinner are all well and fine, but how often do you get to get shitfaced wasted at a block party dressed as Miley Cyrus or a Ninja Turtle? Probably not enough. This weekend, the holiday festivities are in full swing in Dallas, and there are plenty of options to celebrate. Hopefully your costume this year includes a danceable shoe, because we've got a bevy of great shows where you can go get your Monster Mash on.


MellowHigh Thursday, October 24, at Dada MellowHigh is a three-piece offshoot of controversial and ragtag West Coast rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain received much critical acclaim when they began recording together under the MellowHype moniker in 2010. Last year, they dominated rap social media with MellowHype week, a widely successful series of Internet single releases. On Halloween, they will debut a self-titled album as the group's latest incarnation, MellowHigh, featuring fellow Odd Future affiliate Domo Genesis. It's easy to roll your eyes at the overall goofiness and jackassery of OFWGKTA. They're talented, but they're kids. Between their music video production, their Adult Swim show Loiter Squad and the creative output from all members of that scene (including the dudes behind Comedy Central's Workaholics and Sacramento punk outfit Trash Talk), you can't deny these kids are as culturally relevant as ever. Vanessa Quilantan

The Pharcyde Friday, October 25, at the Prophet Bar The Pharcyde are one of the most influential hip-hop acts of all time, and they are coming to Dallas. Inventive, hilarious, witty and imaginatively self-deprecating, the group belongs to that exclusive class of those that actually deserve the label "ahead of their time." With the release of their debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, in '92, The Pharcyde hit the West Coast scene fully formed. The album still ranks as one of the most discussed artifacts in the history of hip-hop, and rightly so. While national attention was focused on gangsta rap, and the East Coast scene in general, these guys were cooking up some of the most wildly radical music rap would ever see. Their rich and angular productions -- all stuttering drum loops, funk atmospherics and disjointed piano lines -- remain a blueprint for all conscious, alternative hip-hop. God, and those lyrics, to this day, still ooze with warmth and charisma. This level of songcraft is a real thing of beauty. Don't be fooled Dallas, to have these guys here in town is a real treat. Jonathan Patrick

Don Trip and Starlito Saturday, October 26 at The Loft In 2010, Don Trip and Starlito, two well established Tennesee rappers in their own right-- met by chance and started casually recording together. The result was their critically acclaimed 2011 mixtape, Stepbrothers, which Spin named the best rap album of the year. This October, they dropped the follow up, Stepbrothers 2. This time around, they took their time and did it right. Unlike it's predecessor, Stepbrothers 2 is retailed, and currently clocking in at number 17 on the iTunes rap album chart. While most mainstream rap fans are still reeling over Drake or Pusha T's new albums, underground fans across the country are clamoring for this project. Catch them this Saturday at The Loft with Kevin Gates, for what is likely to be one of the best rap tours to stop through all year. VQ

Terrorvault: Cutter, Hex Cult, Vulgar Fashion Saturday, October 26 at The Crown and Harp Three of Dallas' most interesting experimental synth pop bands will come together for a Halloween show on Lower Greenville this weekend, and they're looking to create an immersive experience for fans. Hex Cult's Hesh Qwalino describes it as, "A tasteful event with like-minded acts to create a visual distortion of our demented desires." VQ

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