Valentine's Day is coming up. It's a holiday that celebrates love and puts an immense amount on both single and coupled people. I feel dirty using the word "coupled." There's so much stuff to consider. Why am I single? Will she marry me? Why am I not getting any Tinder matches right now, it must be broken? When are we gonna stop the riff raff and get to the bumping and the grinding? So much stress. So much pressure. In order to ease your mind about the St. Valentine's Massacre Day, we've got a list of lovely concerts for you to attend.
Animal Collective (DJ Set) With Deakin, Geologist, Avey Tare, 8 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm Street, http://www.dadadallas.com, $15-$17 Animal Collective are your shape-shifting psychedelic mavens of the aughts. Though it won't be a full-on set with trippy visuals, it's still gonna be great. A DJ set from Animal Collective is still an Animal Collective set.
Party Static EP Release With Sealion, Street Arabs, 9 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or threelinksdeepellum.com, $8-$10, ladies get in free How should you spend your Valentine's day? There's a ton of different suggestions. If you have a lover you should make whoopie with them. If you don't have a lover maybe use Tinder and try and find somebody who will do the sex with you. Or don't. I once spent a Valentine's Day reading Catcher in the Rye in its entirety because I'm a loser. However, regardless of your relationship status check out one of Dallas' most energetic live acts, Party Static. We promise, you'll fall in love.
The Rich Girls With Straight Tequila Nights, The Clinton Years, 7 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., treesdallas.com, $10 There are some covers here of some awesome stuff. The Rich Girls do Hall and Oates, Tequila Sunrise is '90s country and the Clinton Years is, you guessed it, a tribute to the music of the 1990s. (Scandal not included.)
'80s Hair Metal Prom With Rock N Roll Over, Hysteria, Glam Hammer, 9 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at Double Wide, 3510 Commerce St, http://www.double-wide.com, $7 Here's a redo if you never went to prom or if your's sucked as much as mine (and, well, everyone else's) did. On Valentine's Day, the kitschiest bar in town brings in some '80s hair metal cover bands to transcend irony -- unless you're really into this sort of thing, then wow you truly lucked out.
Dwight Yokam 10:30 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX, billybobstexas.com, $20-$50 Dwight Yoakam's a multi-talented fellow. He's had a fruitful film career. But, he's also a pretty big country star who regularly rears his head on The Tonight Show. A modern country legend makes his way out to the Funky Town to sing some sad songs for dirty lovers.
Sad Boys Club (Taylor Swift Covers) With Teeth, Storylines, Bring Your Finest, Indigo on Blast, Mighty the Few, Look, A Dangerous Affair and more, 6 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at The Door, 2513 Main St., http://www.thedoordallas.com/, $10-$12 Taylor Swift is essentially a pop punk musician. More precisely, she was once a pop star masquerading as a country star who is now just a pop star. Either way, she has a tendency to be melodramatic about current, former and potential lovers. Here, a bunch of bands play covers of Swift's songs. They might be serious, the might not.
She Banshee CD Release Party With Bad Beats, Pearl Earl, Mink Coats, Cozy Hawks, 9 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, 411 East Sycamore, Denton, TX, 940-387-7781, $5-$7 The people of Denton love nothing more in this world than their bands. It's only right on such a holiday that they have a release party for one of their best in She Banshee. Not to mention, there are four other promising local acts on the bill as well. She Banshee is sure to put on a loud and lively show in the town's most coveted hole in the wall.
Excision with Protohype, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at South Side Ball Room, 1135 South Lamar St., 214-421-2021, $43 Dubstep was once so big that Britney Spears appropriated it into her music. As did Kanye West and Jay Z. And Muse. Catch Excision, one of the most heralded acts in the genre. You may fall in love with his expertise in electronic warbling.
Gary Allan 7 p.m., Saturday February 14, at Winstar Casino, 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK, 1-800-622-6317, $45-$75 Gary Allan is an alright guy who is tough all over. This country star has sold a shit ton of records and stampeded all over the Billboard charts, as country stars tend to do. He's had 26 singles on Billboard thus far. Head on over to Thackerville to see how this California boy does country.
Trillwave With Trailer Swift, Dubble A, Chrs Roze, Genova, 10 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at Red Light Lounge, 2911 Main St., 214-826-4769, Free Deep Ellum's new dance club is bringing the trillwave to you inside their swanky establishment. Here you'll hear dance-worthy songs and the only people dancing won't be the one's profoundly drunk.
Liars Spillover Music Festival Listening Party 7 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at Off The Record, 2716 Elm St., 214-745-1402, Free Liars, the three piece Brooklyn indie rock band, is headlining Parade of Flesh's Spillover Music Festival in March. In honor of this, the band put together a playlist that will play in a bar for you. It's an adequate alternative to seeing the band play their music, which you can do very soon.
Faded Deejays Valentines Jam 10 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at The Crown & Harp 1914 Greenville Ave., 214-828-1914 As per usual Crown & Harp has a grindhouse double feature going on. Downstairs is the holiday (holiday?) centric party, the Deejays Valentines Jam, where hopefully at least three New Jack Swing songs are played. Upstairs, there's Underground Soul with Dorian Dupree which occurs every second Saturday of the month.
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Rikki Derek 7 p.m., Saturday, February 14, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933, $24-$30 Rikki Derek is of the sharkskin suit variety. It's the big band stuff from the rat pack: Dino, Davis Jr., Bennett. But he refuses to sing Sinatra. Just kidding, of course he does some Od' Blue Eyes. After the show, there's also a showing of Casablanca to romantically blast you further into the past.
The Roomsounds 10 p.m., Saturday, February 14, The Free Man, 2626 Comemrce St., 214-377-9893, Free With roots finely tied to Southern blues rock, Dallas' the Roomsounds are all at once an ode to the past and to the South itself. Upbeat guitar riffs and lyrics full of nonchalant melancholy power the band. Their self-titled debut album from 2012 is full of the band's signature catchy hooks and charismatic thunder, which is even more of a delight to witness in the flesh.
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