The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, March 18-21

Spooky Folk, Babar, New Science Projects, Peopleodeon, Cool Womb Wednesday, March 20, at J&J's Pizza, Free They should rename this show "Musical Chairs of Denton." In celebrating his 20-somethingth birthday, Chris Bryan of Peopleodeon has put together a hefty bill of bands, considering the mere three hours the five groups have to play their sets in J&J's Pizza's early-closing basement. Music for this bill ranges from Babar's lyric-less math rock to New Science Projects' howling doom folk, sprinkling in the folky and electro-pop sounds of both Spooky Folk and Peopleodeon. Changeover between sets may be a lot easier, however, since many of the members are in each other's bands. For example, Kaleo Kaualoku of Spooky Folk and Chris Bryan of Peopleodeon are both in Cool Womb. All three of those are performing. If New Science Projects were doing a full set instead of a solo set, Scarlett Wright of Spooky Folk would hop on drums for that band before switching to bass for the headlining act. Phew. Got all of that? -- Rachel Watts

Leagues Monday, March 18, at Good Records, Free I always love Good Records' in-store events. They're usually a great place to hear about some up-and-coming singer-songwriters, or snag a listen at some usually pretty great touring bands. Today at 6 p.m. Good Records features Nashville's pop-rock trio Leagues, who hit the road after their 10-track January debut, You Belong Here, which has poppy and foot stompin' tracks that encourage both dancing and introspection. You have just enough time to get off work, snag a beer at happy hour and head over. -- Rachel Watts

Benoît Pioulard, Summer of Glaciers, Glen Farris Monday, March 18, at Church of the Incarnation, Free So, this is an unusual one. Local booking entity Spune is bucking the traditional music venue concept this week and has booked a three-band bill at the Church of the Incarnation, an Episcopal church on McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Out of the ordinary, right? Well, yes, but the bill seems fitting, and will probably resonate incredibly well with the acoustics of the church's high ceilings. We all know Summer of Glaciers' dreamy pop will mesh well, and Glen Farris, if he's on an acoustic, will fit the bill beautifully. The wild card of the bunch is Michigan resident Thomas Meluch, who creates sounds that combine remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. His voice and guitar are the primary instruments for his work as Benoît Pioulard, so there's no doubt that if you're in the mood to see something a little more dreamy and heartfelt this evening, head to the church. -- Rachel Watts

Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Jenny Owen Youngs, Matt Pryor Monday, March 18, at Trees, $18 Chuck Ragan returns to Trees with his traveling Revival Tour. Meant to be a throwback to the country and bluegrass festivals he grew up on, Ragan has yet again an impressive number of guests joining him, including Matt Pryor from the Get Up Kids, Rocky Votolato and Jenny Owen Youngs. You're going to see team-ups that you're can't see anywhere else and hear a lot of familiar songs with radically different arrangements. Certainly something you shouldn't miss, especially if you have Hot Water Music or Get Up Kids tattoos on your body. -- Eric Grubbs

Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Owl City Thursday, March 21, at American Airlines Center, $43-$97 Tickets went on sale this past fall for Maroon 5's Dallas stop on their "Overexposed" tour of North America. The pop-rockers released their fifth studio album, Overexposed, early last year, and according to their website, this is going to be their biggest tour yet. You can see them with two other pop-rock mainstreamers, Neon Trees and Owl City. -- Rachel Watts

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