The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, February 21-24

Electric Six Saturday, February 23, at Dada, $15 Electric Six, the warhorses of heavy and frantic disco-rock, roll into Dada to spray high-energy chaos over Dallas' most extensive corner stage. After the release of their latest album in October, a live greatest-hits number, "The Six," as I have arbitrarily nicknamed them just now, are on some serious gigging form, and promise the exact opposite of a folk-tinged acoustic set, whatever that might be. Why spend your Saturday night indoors on the couch when you could be watching sharp-dressed frontman Dick Valentine implore you to dance, accompany him to a gay bar, and then dance some more? If you're after a cheap, relentlessly fun and loud Saturday night out, this could be the concert you've been looking for. -- Gavin Cleaver

Old 97's, Salim Nourallah, Rhett Miller Thursday, February 21, at Granada Theater, $34 Too Far to Care, released way back in 1997, is by far the best album our beloved Old 97's have ever released. Some may quibble and prefer Fight Songs or Satellite Rides, but there's a reason why the band is currently touring and highlighting Too Far to Care. From beginning to end, the album offered up Rhett Miller's most consistent set of songs while never pandering to the pop aspirations that would grip the band in later years. Songs such as "Timebomb," "Four Leaf Clover" and "Barrier Reef" have justifiably become concert staples throughout the band's career. But just as important are lesser-known tracks, especially "House That Used to Be," an almost ambient take on country rock. Presented as a whole in concert, Too Far Too Care should prove to be a raging beast of a show and a poignant reminder of how great the early years of the Old 97s were. -- Darryl Smyers

Pinkish Black, Blackstone Rangers, Depth and Current, Cutter Friday, February 22, at Dada, $8 Local music label Dallas Distortion Music is celebrating its birthday party this Friday, where it will turn two years old. As always, they'll be spreading the local music love, and will do so by headlining drony synth and percussion duo Pinkish Black, punctuated by pop- and distortion-infused trio Blackstone Rangers, Oklahoma City's Depth and Current and local electronic duo Cutter. Word on the street is that there will even be free cake. -- Rachel Watts

The Killdares Saturday, February 23, at The Kessler Theater, $17.50-$25 The Killdares may be the hardest working band in North Texas, as the bandleader Tim Smith and his merry band of Celtic rockers tackle six shows per day for 25-plus days every year at the Texas State Fair. That endless energy over the band's 17 years of existence has built a loyal and supportive base of fans who follow them from show to show and festival to festival. The band kicks off its year at The Kessler this Saturday. It's a room that perfectly matches their and their fans' relaxed aesthetic. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon

Fungi Girls, Sealion, Year of the Bear, War Party, Doom Ghost, Big Fiction, Bitch Bricks, Siberian Traps, Mailman, Spider Friends, Toy Gun, Great Big Beluga, Uboat Sunday, February 24, at The Where House, $15 Fort Worth's analog-only recording studio and label Dreamy Soundz has teamed up with indie label Lo-Life Recordings to bring us some of the purest, most uncut garage bands Fort Worth has to offer. This weekend the two labels will throw a show for the release of their Group Therapy, Vol. 1 compilation: 13 bands will perform, all of which are featured on the cassette. Fungi Girls, Sealion, Year of the Bear and War Party are among the heavy-hitters, although every band pulls their weight. Pay just 15 bucks at the door and you can get in and grab one of the cassettes, while supplies last. Show-goers are also promised games, a raffle and even a dunking booth. The Facebook event says to "bring ones like you was going to the strip club." Well, you heard 'em. -- Rachel Watts

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Rachel Watts
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