The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie, Taylor Swift and More

Death Cab for Cutie plays The Bomb Factory Monday Night.
Death Cab for Cutie plays The Bomb Factory Monday Night. Ticketfly
Death Cab for Cutie plays The Bomb Factory Monday Night. - TICKETFLY
Death Cab for Cutie plays The Bomb Factory Monday Night.
Catch Death Cab for Cutie as they tour in support of their latest album Thank You for Today, or Taylor Swift during her two shows at AT&T Stadium. David Byrne, Dashboard Confessional and others keep the music going this week.

Death Cab for Cutie
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., $42 and up at

For many listeners and fans, Death Cab for Cutie has always been all about Ben Gibbard. After all, Gibbard’s instantly recognizable voice paired with his emotionally charged, sing-along lyrics created the band’s sound, right? While other fans and critics attributed the band’s sound to founding member Chris Walla, who co-wrote many songs with Gibbard. Death Cab for Cutie followed up 2015's Grammy-nominated Kintsugi with Thank You for Today, the band’s ninth studio album. It was released Aug. 17 on Atlantic – nearly 20 years to the day after the band’s debut studio album Something About Airplanes was released Aug. 18, 1998, on Barsuk Records. But Thank You is the first DCFC album without Walla, who after serving as the band's guitarist and producer for nearly 20 years left to pursue other projects. Walla, a multi-instrumentalist, also played keyboards and contributed backing vocals, and many of Death Cab’s albums liner notes give Walla a “produced, recorded and mixed by” credit. The new record and tour feature Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who have toured with DCFC since 2015. Brooklyn pop-rockers Charly Bliss opens, with the equally unmistakable vocals from frontwoman Eva Hendricks. Daniel Rodrigue

Paul Slavens
9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, 940-320-2000,, free

Paul Slavens, frontman of the late '80s and early '90s band Ten Hands, is pretty well known around these parts. His radio show on KXT-FM 91.7 has earned him many Dallas Observer Music Award titles, including this year's Best Radio Show/Podcast. But he also hosts an impromptu show at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton. He takes song title suggestions from people and creates music based on those titles right on the spot. You can catch him at Dan's most Monday nights. Diamond Victoria

Dashboard Confessional
with All Time Low, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., $35

Can you claim the title of millennial if you didn’t use angsty Dashboard Confessional songs to get over a breakup? Chris Carrabba and his band have been around since 2000 and singing the words so many emo teenagers are thinking. Relive the better days when you see them live at House of Blues. Paige Skinner

Goo Goo Dolls
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $49.50-$79.50

John Rzeznik and Robby Takac continue to have the luxury of playing large venues many years after their songs were in the Top 40. The Goo Goo Dolls have steadily put out new albums since "Iris," "Slide" and "Name" catapulted the band into massive popularity. They’ve tried to maintain the melodic sensibility of their early punk-tinged pop while also appealing to the Matchbox Twenty crowd. Lately they've been playing a couple of tunes from their Superstar Car Wash album, but don't expect anything older than that. Eric Grubbs

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., $35

René Pérez Joglar, aka Residente, is a folk hero in his native Puerto Rico. His name skyrocketed after Joglar’s former group, Calle 13, released the controversial track “Querido F.B.I.” Joglar was angered by the death of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, the leader of Puerto Rican revolutionary group Los Macheteros, during an FBI raid. The song condemned the actions of the American government and was quickly followed up by two radio hits, “Se Vale Tó-Tó” and “Atrevete-te-te!” Calle 13, formed in 2004 and comprising Joglar, his step-brother and his half-sister has won 25 Latin Grammys — more than any artist in history and twice as many as Shakira. Residente’s self-titled album is his first as a solo act, and it's inspired by the results of a DNA test that traced his roots from locations across the world. Residente is a multi-ethnic cacophony that bounces rhythmically from Siberia to England to Spain. Joglar’s style of reggaeton-influenced hip-hop transcends cultural and language barriers. It’s entertaining no matter your background. Nicholas Bostick

Taylor Swift
With Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, $49 and up at

Even after the modern flourishes of Swift’s last release, Reputation, the artist’s sound pales in comparison to her touring mates here. Camila Cabello’s Cuban-reared radio pop, propped up by salsa and reggaeton, is several degrees more interesting and danceable than anything Swift has released in years. And then there’s Charli XCX, whose avant pop sweeps listeners headlong into a sci-fi metropolis of drugged-up clubs, drugged-down feels and sumptuous glitz. Dripping with liquid metal synths and bolted together with trap scaffolding, Charli’s songs map a uniquely millennial poignancy in the glittery aesthetics and raw euphoria of contemporary club culture. This bill is thrilling precisely because of these stark variations in style, because it offers a flight of modern pop flavors, glimpsed from three very different perspectives. Jonathan Patrick

Quiet Riot
5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Boulevard E., $35 and up

Quiet Riot released what's considered the first metal album. In 1983, Metal Health gave us "Cum On Feel the Noize," which is arguably the band's biggest hit. The lineup these days resembles little of the original, but expect to hear all the band's best hits during its electric live performances. DV

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar St., $40

French indie rock group Phoenix is touring this fall behind last year's release, Ti Amo. The chart-topper has sold out venues on its last few national tours and seems poised to pack houses again this year. It'll appear Friday at South Side Ballroom in Dallas along with Julian Casablancas' band The Voidz. Jeff Strowe

David Byrne
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, $54-$145 at

If you missed the former Talking Heads frontman at the Winspear in April, here's your second chance. As big as Winspear is, the formerly named Verizon Theatre can hold more and should be easier for a larger crowd. On his American Utopia tour, Byrne will perform a number of solo and Talking Heads songs, all through an elaborate stage and light show. David Byrne works in his own lane, making performance art while still making listenable music. His vision has led him to create one of the finest shows people have seen this year. He's playing some of the most familiar Talking Heads songs here, from "Once in a Lifetime" to "Burning Down the House," so if your love of Byrne's work stops with the Heads, you've got a lifeline. He’s even playing a tune from his excellent collaboration with St. Vincent. Well worth your time to head out to Grand Prairie. Eric Grubbs

The National
8 p.m Saturday, Oct. 6 at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., $50 and up at

More than 15 years into a career that recently saw them release their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, The National have reached that rarefied air of rock 'n' roll heights occupied by only a certain few. Like Wilco, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, the five-piece has grown into an arena behemoth, moving from side stages at festivals and mid-size clubs into headlining marquees at palatial theaters. Friday night, they've got the coveted main stage time slot ahead of Sir Paul McCartney at Austin City Limits Festival, and 24 hours later, they'll be welcomed locally by what promises to be an adoring crowd at South Side Ballroom. With a plethora of songs in their catalog from which to choose, and a penchant for playing lengthy and intense live shows, it's a safe bet that the band's signature "hits" — "Mr. November," "Bloodbuzz Ohio," "Fake Empire" — will fit in nicely among the slinky, moody and epic new tracks. Frontman Matt Berninger's droll, dour between-song banter has also morphed into an essential element of any National performance. Jeff Strowe
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