The Ten Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, November 28 - December 4

Look alive people, it's time to shake that post-turkey coma with the quickness because this weekend's show lineup waits for no one. If you're looking for a generation Y spectacle, Houston's own Riff Raff will be making his first Dallas appearance at Prophet Bar and Juicy J will return to Dallas at Trees. If you had something a little more festive in mind, check out Stage Fright: Denton Does The Band, honoring "The Last Waltz". Either way, there's plenty of cool stuff to do between gorging on your Thanksgiving leftovers.


CD Source 20th Anniversary Friday, November 29, at CD Source Record stores are essential cultural cornerstones of any healthy music scene. Unfortunately, these tastemaking hotbeds are slowly disappearing nationwide. Luckily, Dallas' regiment is still going strong -- CD Source celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday. Coinciding with the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day, CD Source's celebration is stacked with 12 live in-store performances from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. With a heap of entertainment, more than 100 Record Store Day special releases and complimentary food from neighboring restaurants (including Freebirds, Royal Thai, and Potbelly), the question isn't why should you go, but why wouldn't you? Jonathan Patrick

Juicy J Friday, November 29, at Trees Memphis hip hop stalwart and former Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J has experienced to total career resurgence since the release of Stay Trippy in August 2013. The album's lead single "Bandz a Make Her Dance" has become a strip club classic for the ages. The long-time southern rap staple rarely disappoints live. Vanessa Quilantan

Terminator 2, Spacebeach and Fogg Friday, November 29, at Crown & Harp Wearing earplugs at a rock show is something that, before this past summer, had never seemed terribly metal to me. The purposeful employment of soft, spongy material designed to keep ears from being muddled into a gooey matter defeats the point of seeing a loud band play, well, loudly, right? This past June, a lesson in the usefulness of earplugs was brutishly handed out when Denton's heaviest band, Terminator 2, took the stage backed by an insane amount of extra amplification at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. Eardrums were in danger of bursting, just as the walls seemed ready to crumble, as the trio plowed emotionlessly through a doom-filled set. Loud isn't simply loud when it's as moody and satisfyingly destructive as T2's music. But, just to be safe, it'd be a wise choice to stuff a pair of ear plugs into your pocket when T2 play with Fogg and Spacebeach on what will be the noisiest place outside of a Walmart on Black Friday weekend. Kelly Dearmore

Trombone Shorty Friday, November 29, at the House of Blues There is a moment on Trombone Shorty's sophomore album, For True, when his maverick musical sensibilities shine through, and that is when he lets legendary guitarist Jeff Beck do an extended solo partway through "Do to Me." The track already features various genre-bending elements, as raucous drums, energetic bass and Shorty's charismatic trombone playing combine to give the song tinges of funk, R&B and brass band jazz flair, but to relinquish the spotlight -- even to a legend like Beck -- and thus give the song true rock 'n' roll flair, speaks volumes about his desire to make each song brilliant no matter who is responsible for that brilliance. "Do to Me" already overflows with confidence and verve as the danceable, hypnotic grooves mirror the song's flirtatious wordplay, and it shows how dynamic Trombone Shorty's music is, even when he is not the one playing. Brian Palmer

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