Weekend Roundup: Franz Ferdinand, The Kills, Lamb of God, The Secret Handshake and Zounds Sounds

Franz Ferdinand at House of Blues, Friday, April 24
The popularity of these Scottish rockers exploded after the success of their 2004 self-titled debut album (which sold 3.6 million copies worldwide). And, I mean, their first single "Take Me Out" didn't do too badly either! Did you know that band's name was originally inspired by racehorse? Only later did they decide to make it synonymous with the famous Archduke of Austria. Franz Ferdinand came through Dallas last weekend in support of its third studio effort, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

The Kills at Granada, Saturday, April 25
American songstress Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince became The Kills in 2000, collaborating and creating music from different continents. Later Mosshart, who goes by "VV", moved to London to continue her work with Hince, who goes by "Hotel". As of 2009, Mosshart is also the lead vocalist of The Dead Weather (which includes Jack White, as well as members from The Raconteurs and Queens of the Stone Age).

Lamb of God at Palladium, Sunday, April 26
Lamb of God loves 'em some Dallas... and, really, who doesn't? Originally from Virginia, Lamb of God stopped in Big D to promote its sixth studio album Wrath (released in February). These heavy-metal heavy-hitters used to go by the name Burn The Priest. Anyone see a theme? (P.S. While watching this video, put up your metal claw... it makes the experience much more authentic.)

The Secret Handshake at The Door, Friday, April 24
Dallas' own Luis Dubuc and the rest of TSH celebrated its third release, My Name Up In Lights at The Door this weekend. And fittingly enough, the band's name was up in lights during the set.

Zounds Sounds at Live At Mokah, Saturday, April 25
These youngsters pulled out a little bit o' Stevie Ray Vaughn, and made it look easy at Saturday's Mokah Music Summit and Showcase.

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Kelly Knickerbocker