Toro Y Moi Friday, February 1, at Trees, $17 Fans of Toro Y Moi have been eagerly awaiting their January release, Anything In Return. Buzz from the album leak earlier this year was that Chaz Bundick, Toro Y Moi's frontman-producer, had created a piece of pop art that will take the chillwave movement into smoother and groovier directions. You won't waste any time seeking out the first two videos for singles "So Many Details" and "Say That," both of which feature Bundick walking around looking cool as fuck amid some well-placed pop culture references. Toro's sound has clearly woken up a bit, especially the sexy disco-fueled "Never Matter." Toro Y Moi may be improving on an already sterling live reputation too. Spune's placement of the band at Trees pays mind to the sound system necessary to experience this new sound live. So, thanks guys. Cop your ticket -- chillwave never sounded so pop- and R&B-tinged, which is to say fun. -- Deb Doing DallasThe Boom Bang, The Rich Hands, Sealion Friday, February 1, at J&J's Pizza, $5
Even after several widespread incidents of being booted offstage for their rambunctious antics, Norman, Oklahoma foursome The Boom Bang is still going strong. They've done everything from put an electric guitar through a music venue's sheet rock and "accidentally" break a plate glass window, to ripping down strands of overhanging lights from the stage. It's never a dull moment with the dirty, mid-20s garage rockers, and their live set is no different. See them with Dallas surf-punk favorites Sealion, who are currently working on recording a 10-track cassette tape to be released by Fort Worth's DIY indie punk label Lo-Life Recordings.They'll be joined by San Antonio garage rockers The Rich Hands. Trust me, the only way you could be disappointed with this show is if you "accidentally" got speared with a guitar neck.-- Rachel WattsThe Residents Friday, February 1, at The Kessler Theater, $20-$47.50
To celebrate 40 years of their cutting-edge experimentalism, The Residents are taking their multimedia show with them on their "Wonder of Weird" anniversary tour. Earlier this year, they released their 47th studio album,Coochie Brake
, but expect to hear tracks pulled from all over their bizarre, eclectic catalog.-- Rachel WattsGrupo Fantasma, The Effinays Friday, February 1, at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge
It's impossible to stand still around the beats and horns of Austin's 10-piece Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma, who racked up a Grammy for their latest release,El Existential
. Get over to Fort Worth's newer (and probably best) music venue early to see funk, jazz and hip-hop group The Effinays open the night.-- Rachel WattsSalim Nourallah, Doug O'Rourke, Luke Rainwater, Gabrielle LaPlante, Monco Poncho Saturday, February 2, at Sons of Hermann Hall, $15
In supporting the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Sons of Hermann Hall is hosting a benefit aimed at promoting personal freedom and raising money for relief from issues like abuse and human trafficking. This is rock 'n' roll with a cause. Local folk singer-songwriter Salim Nourallah first picked up steam with his 2007 release,Snowing In My Heart
, which was featured on several series, includingThe Wire
. The Denton-bred musician remains a local favorite, and is now giving back to North Texas. Fifteen dollars gets you into the show andon board with the initiative
. Opening the show is Doug O'Rourke, Luke Rainwater, Gabrielle LaPlante and Monco Poncho.-- Rachel Watts Chelsea Wolfe Sunday, February 3, at House of Blues, $12
I can see Chelsea Wolfe getting pretty big one of these days. The singer-songwriter is on tour after her all-acoustic album,Unknown Rooms, A Collection of Acoustic Songs,
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was released back in October, following up the darker songs of 2011'sApokalypsis
.-- Rachel Watts