Tonight, Tonight: Chiddy Bang at Trees, Tame Impala at The Loft, Danny Balis at The Belmont Hotel, Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos at The Kessler and Heather McCready at Poor David's Pub. And That's Just The Beginning...

Quite the nice and busy Thursday evening of music going on in our area tonight -- one highlighted by a very nice collection of local acts.

Chiddy Bang and Sore Losers at Trees
In a departure from this Trees' typical booking policy -- and one that seems to be indicative of the club's direction given the recent announcement of a show from The Cool Kids later this month -- Phildelphia's inventive hip-hop due Chiddy Bang makes a rare Dallas appearance tonight. It's not often that one gets to hear a talented duo like Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin sample from the likes of Radiohead, Sufjan Stephens, Passion Pit or, as seen above, MGMT. Anamege is certainly not your average braggart who's only concerned with bitches and money; instead, the guy raps about being opposed to growing up on the wonderful single "Opposite of Adults." If all hip-hop was this good, I might even let my kid get into it. Like-minded indie rock-loving local hip-hop duo Sore Losers opens this show, and could steal it, given the amount of support the act gets in these parts.

Tame Impala, Stardeath & White Dwarfs and Sundress at The Loft
Sartaj Chowdhury discussed this show earlier tonight on DC9, but let's bolster his preview a bit. Opening act Stardeath & White Dwarfs sounds like The Flaming Lips, albeit with good reason: Frontman Dennis Coyne is Wayne's nephew. Meanwhile, this is the first show in quite a bit from the other opening act, Denton's Sundress, who craft as enticing an atmospheric groove as any band in town.

Danny Balis at The Belmont Hotel
I can't think of a better place to catch the honky tonk baritone of Danny Balis than the intimate confines of the bar in The Belmont Hotel. Perhaps, after the show, we can all share an after-hour drink with Balis from a flask he has in his car? All kidding aside, Balis is a great, old-school country crooner who needs to start working on that sophomore solo album ASAP.

Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos and Ronnie Fauss at The Kessler Theater
For country of a louder, alternative variety, might I suggest heading down to The Kessler Theater and catching another fine local act, Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos? Sure, Jones' thick hayseed accent can be a bit of a distraction, but songs like "Every Time I Stumble" and "In Your Shoes" show that the guy knows his way around tears and beers. Plus, opener Ronnie Fauss is another quality tunesmith plying his trade in the alt-country genre. Check out great Fauss originals like "The Night Before the War" and "The Last" for a nice blast of what Ryan Adams might sound like if he wasn't such a petulant little turd.

Heather McCready and Summer Ames at Poor David's Pub
Arlington's Heather McCready mixes together folk, country, bluegrass, Celtic music and even some classical overtones and somehow manages to still sound simple. And that's a good thing: With her beautiful pipes and impressive instrumental skills, McCready is the kind of talented singer-songwriter that deserves any accolades that come her way. The gal has released three albums since 2009 and the most recent effort, Give it a Day, may well be her best one yet. Sharing the bill with her tonight is recent Kirtland Records signee, singer-songwriter Summer Ames.

If none of those shows grab your fancy, you can also check out Mr. Gnome at the Doublewide, Kerri Arista at Opening Bell Coffee, Fatty Lumpkin sending Denton's The Boiler Room out in style, former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino at Verizon Theater with El DeBarge, Denton's polka legends Brave Combo at Dan's Silverleaf, Trophy Wives at City Tavern and Birds & Batteries at Lochrann's Pub. Oh, and aspiring local rappers would do well to check out the producer showcase happening tonight at 2826 Arnetic.

WHEW! Tonight is one of those magical musical evenings where you have no excuse NOT to go out to a show...

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