Metric Sunday, April 28, at House of Blues, $28-$38 It took them a little while (since the late '90s) but Metric has made it. Big. The group's 2009 release, Fantasies can take most of the credit for that when they unleashed the addicting, head-bobbing and shoulder-swaying hit "Gold Guns Girls." Sexier than that is "Youth Without Youth," off their latest, Synthetica, which they and their fans are clearly still on a high from.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 March 8, at House of Blues, $26-$30 Perhaps better known as STS9, the instrumental electro outfit is hitting Dallas in a mere week or so. The group created their own record label, 1320 Records, under which they'll release their 12th studio album later this year. Their last record, When the Dust Settles, impressively wound up reaching at No. 1 on iTunes Electronic Chart. Avant garde electro-pop duo Cherub, who made Huffington Post's "Best Workout Songs of 2012" list, will open the show. If you're interested, act fast!
Richard Thompson Saturday, April 13, at Granada Theater British songwriter Richard Thompson is like a good bourbon--he appears to get better with age. Now 63, the man's vast catalogue includes music that propelled him to the top of Rolling Stone's "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time" list. He didn't stop there. This month will see his latest, Electric, which I'm guessing is why he decided to hit the dusty trail again.
Rodriguez Friday, May 3, at Annette Strauss Square, $25-$45 This past weekend America saw the film Searching for Sugar Man pick up an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, at which time Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul said: "Thanks to one of the greatest singers ever, Rodriguez," during a brief on-stage acceptance speech. Catch said superlative singer and his special brand of folk at a unique "under the stars" concert in the Downtown Dallas Arts District this spring.
Fort Worth Music Festival Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18 at Panther Island Pavilion Looks like Spune Productions is at it again. On top of booking for the Untapped fest, both in Fort Worth and Dallas, they've just announced the first round of acts slotted for May's Fort Worth Music Festival. Their first dispatch includes: The Walkmen, Allen Stone, Delta Spirit, Old 97's, ZZ Ward, Whiskey Myers and Dirty River Boys. Expect 23 more bands before it's all said and done. We'll keep you posted. For now, early bird two-day wristbands are available for just 20 bucks.
Mikal Cronin Friday, June 26, at Dada, $10 Ty Segall's bandmate Mikal Cronin is venturing out on his own for a follow-up to his self-titled debut, MCII, which will drop this coming May, leaving you plenty of time to get familiar with the new record before he comes to Dada in June. During this time last year, Kronin played 35 Denton, where volunteers had to form a human chain just to keep people from rushing the stage. Bananas, right?
Alt-J Sunday, September 29, at House of Blues, $30-$40 English quartet Alt-J are headed to Dallas this spring after their debut release, An Awesome Wave. The psychedelic folk-pop group are on roll, and will be hitting Granada this spring before they take over House of Blues this fall. Also, they recently won the 2012 British Mercury Prize, awarded for the best album of the year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They're kind of a big deal.