The Shins, Yeasayer, Big Freedia and More of This Week's Show Announcements

The Shins
Thursday, October 11, at House of Blues, $39.50
The Shins were sort of indie-rock darlings until they got Braff-ed in the mid-Aughts. That's when they blew the eff up. We haven't heard much from them since 2007's Wincing the Night Away, but now that they've got a new one under their belts -- Port of Morrow -- the band is hitting the road with a stop in Dallas on Thursday, October 11. And for all Richard Swift fans, he is now a member of the band.

Wednesday, September 5, at House of Blues, $20
Speaking of indie rock darlings we haven't heard from in a while, Yeasayer just announced a new album. Fragrant World is set to come out on August 20, and will indeed result in a big tour, which passes through Dallas on Wednesday, September 5, at House of Blues.

The Lumineers
Friday, June 1, at The Prophet Bar, $10-$12
The other day, a guy at the coffee shop I go to before work asked if I'd heard The Lumineers, a Colorado-based indie folk act. I said that if I had heard them, nothing really stood out. He recommended giving their self-titled debut a listen and checking them out this Friday at The Prophet Bar. I'm just passing along the message.

John Oates
Friday, June 15, at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, $40
When I read about this show, all I could think of was Chris Kattan shouting, "I'm Oates" on Saturday Night Live. I doubt the real John Oates does that.

Iris Dement
Saturday, June 16, at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, $29.50
It is with much trepidation that I'm excited about The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge's inaugural music lineup. The new Fort Worth venue has booked John Oates, Hot Club of Cowtown and Iris Dement for their opening weekend. So, if you're going to visit the venue in hopes of seeing a good act, best do it on June 16.

Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Candlebox, Aranda
Sunday, July 29, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $9.71-$25
This event, being put on by KEGL 97.1-FM The Eagle, is billed as BFD 2012. Can't say I'm calling this the concert event of the summer, but at least Vinnie Paul's Hellyeah is on the bill.

Maze, Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Babyface, Tank
Friday, August 3, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, $35.75
The most sensibly named music festival of the summer, Summer Music Festival, will feature a bill of old school R&B acts at Gexa Energy Pavilion. The last I saw of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds was on an episode of Cribs.

The Grandmothers of Invention
Tuesday, August 14, at The Kessler Theater, $20-$30
The Grandmothers of Invention claim to be the only group of alumni from The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa's backing band. The group disbanded in 1969, so you can imagine they're a little older now. Still, the band is touring the country playing Zappa's original, nearly impossible tunes. Pretty impressive.

Lightning Bolt
Tuesday, August 28, at Sons Of Hermann Hall, $10
Here is a link to a video that shows the last time Lightning Bolt played here. They set up on the floor of Trees and the craziness ensued. The drummer is basically a jazz guy on bath salts.

The Hot Wet Mess featuring Big Freedia, Reggie Watts
Saturday, September 1, at North Texas Fairgrounds
It's called The Hot Wet Mess because, guess what: It will still be a hellish blaze come September 1. NOLA bounce supplier Big Freedia and comedian Reggie Watts will help take the edge off, as well as the yet-to-be-announced acts on the bill.

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