It's been a busy week for concert announcements. One of the world's biggest celebrities is coming to Dallas. A couple of popular rock acts are heading this way later in the spring. And, as always, some really good shows are filling up the theater and club calendars. But first, we address the ongoing rumors that Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, which closed in 2016, might reopen this year.
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- 2017 ended with the reopening of beloved Denton venue the Ol' Dirty Basement at J&J's Pizza. Now there are rumors that another shuttered venue, Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, may get a second shot at life. RGRS opened in the late '90s and hosted a who's who of local and touring acts in its two-decade run. It closed in 2016 because the owner, Josh Baish, was in financial straits after a divorce, but last week, an animated graphic flashed "2018" on the venue's old Facebook page. The graphic has since been removed, but it has people speculating. Is it a cryptic hint about new ownership? Is it simply a prank? As long as the space is standing and remains for sale, there's always a chance it could reopen. But so far, we haven't found any evidence to suggest that's imminent.
- Justin Timberlake will play at the American Airlines Center on May 27. The Grammy-winning singer and cultural torchbearer will be touring for much of 2018 in support of Man of the Woods. You can also catch Timberlake performing at the halftime show of this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 4. Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 22, at ticketmaster.com.
- Donald Fagen's Steely Dan will head out on the road this summer in a joint tour with the Doobie Brothers. The classic rockers have toured together in the past and always make time for both the hits and the deep cuts. They'll appear at Toyota Music Factory on May 25. Tickets, $35 to $199.50, go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at livenation.com.
- American gospel great Kirk Franklin is making his way to the Toyota Music Factory for a May 26 show. Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp and Tamela Mann will join the Grammy winner and leading light of the gospel music community. Tickets, $35 to $125, go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at livenation.com.
- Hailing from Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, Turnpike Troubadours play a fiery brand of country-rock that would make the American folk icon proud. They're touring behind their fourth album, A Long Way From Your Heart. Catch them at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on March 2. Legendary alt-country acts Son Volt and Slobberbone will open. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at axs.com.
- Sugarland recently reunited and is hitting the road for the first time in five years. The duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will roll into the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie for a July 20 show as part of the Still The Same tour, with Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell as opening acts. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, at axs.com.
- Slamfest 2018 is the title of Insane Clown Posse's latest concert endeavor. The 25-city trek across the country in support of Fearless Fred Fury will bring the metal-core shock-rockers to Dallas' Gas Monkey Live on March 18. Tickets, $25 and up, go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at ticketfly.com.
- Panda Bear is releasing a new vinyl-only EP this week called A Day With The Homies. He's also launching a run of international dates to help with promotion. The longtime Animal Collective member will appear at Canton Hall on April 16, with Geologist opening. Tickets, $21.50, go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at ticketfly.com.
- Little Dragon, a Grammy-nominated electronic quartet from Sweden, will appear at the Granada Theater on March 8. The band packs venues with its smartly crafted collection of shape-shifting, indie tunes. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at prekindle.com.
- The dreamy and cinematic indie band Cigarettes After Sex brings its Joy Division- and the Smiths-influenced tunes to the Granada Theater on March 25. With a slew of new songs and international press, the group is poised to have a banner year. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at prekindle.com.
- British prog-rock group Uriah Heep has toured its bombastic, hard-rock tunes to adoring audiences around the glob for close to six decades now, and its influence continues to grow. Catch it April 8 at the Granada Theater for a show with Acid Carousel. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at prekindle.com.
- Shoegaze legend Slowdive made waves last year with the release of its first album in 22 years. The band is out on the road supporting it for a good portion of 2018. April 27 will find it headlining the Granada Theater, with Austin psych band Holy Wave opening. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at prekindle.com.
- The Breeders are back this spring with a new album, All Nerve. To celebrate the album's March release, they'll hit the road for a lengthy tour with the original Last Splash touring ensemble. They'll stop at the House of Blues for an April 22 show sponsored by KXT. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at livenation.com.
- Portland, Oregon, native Josh Garrels makes heartfelt and emotional music that expertly blends the dueling genres of hip-hop and folk. He'll appear at the Majestic Theater on June 1. Tickets, $28 to $64, go on sale Friday, Jan. 12, at prekindle.com.
- We led this column off talking about Denton, so we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the first Greater Denton Arts Council show of 2018. On Feb. 1, country-folk artist John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars, will appear for a show at The Campus Theater. Tickets, $25, are on sale at prekindle.com.