The Eleven Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: April 11-17

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Rihanna Tuesday, April 16, at American Airlines Center, $39.50-$125 Rihanna has only gained prominence since she turned heel in 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad and copped a rock-star attitude. Rihanna's diverse style isn't always appealing, but some pieces are distinct enough to keep you interested. Rihanna's latest album, Unapologetic, is a compelling mix of spicy vanity and dazed nocturnal grime calling back to 2009's Rated R. Rihanna last performed at American Airlines Center in summer 2011. Aside from the fire that stopped the show early, the stage also offered interesting sets, such as a tank with a T-shirt cannon and dancing crash-test dummies. -- Shahryar Rizvi

Bon Jovi Thursday, April 11, at American Airlines Center, $19.50-$185.00 Tickets are still on sale for Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour, which will trek along three continents, eventually making a pit-stop in Big D. The 59-date tour will debut songs from their recently released album What About Now, although if you're an old-school fan, you're promised the old Bon Jovi hits as well. -- Rachel Watts

J.D. Souther Thursday, April 11, at The Kessler Theater, $20-$32.50 The fact that many folks are just now learning about the great songwriter J.D. Souther due to his stint on the ABC prime-time drama Nashville is as unfortunate as his character's name, Watty White. His role as a revered Music Row insider on the hit show is only his second most interesting television appearance of late: In Showtime's documentary The History of The Eagles, Souther's artful contributions are well-detailed, as he's responsible for many of the wildly popular but polarizing California country-rock band's best-known hits. His work includes the driving "How Long" -- the only listenable song on the Eagles' last album, The Road Out of Eden. In the early 1970s, Souther was a part of the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. Along with his bandmates at the time, Chris Hillman (The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers) and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield), Souther helped define what is now known as alt-country by mixing sweet harmonies and arrangements that could waltz along or rock about. Indeed, Souther's music is what makes him worth knowing about -- not the fact that he's on a show with the cheerleader from Heroes. -- Kelly Dearmore

Rebirth Brass Band, Kristy Kruger Friday, April 12, at The Kessler Theater, $20-$30 Known for its longstanding gig at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, The Rebirth Brass Band has become something of a Big Easy institution. Many a tourist has become introduced to the New Orleans music scene via brothers Phillip and Keith Frazier and their large ensemble of talented players. Over the course of nearly 30 years, the Brass Band has released more than 15 albums and performed countless gigs all over the world. In 2011, the band released Rebirth of New Orleans, a musical and emotional statement of purpose. Celebrating the return of their home city five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the effort incorporates rap and hip-hop into the marching band mix with glorious results. -- Darryl Smyers

Wax Addicts with Tony Schwa, JT Donaldson, Tyrone Smiley Friday, April 12, at Circuit 12 Contemporary, Free "Wax Addicts" is Dallas' newest monthly soiree dedicated to the art and love of vinyl, which means that there isn't an Mp3, compressed file or laptop in sight. This week features resident DJ Tony Schwa, along with local heavy-hitters JT Donaldson and Tyrone Smiley. According to the event's Facebook page, each week "Wax Addicts" will feature local and International DJs alike, giving audiences a sneak peek into their record collections, and will spotlight three local DJs each month (in addition to art, visuals and cocktails). For the vinyl lovers out there, or for those who simply appreciate the true art of spinning, this one's for you. -- Rachel Watts

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