This is a pretty slow week of shows. I went with the national act over the Texas act for #1, but that was pretty much the only reason. 2 of my favorite bandleaders. #2 is free, though.
1 Heartless Bastards @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Thurs 7/2/15
One of rock music’s most dynamic female vocalists, Erika Wennerstrom, heads up this indie powerhouse.
2 Black Joe Lewis @ Bar Louie (Fort Worth) Fri 6/26/15
One of the artists I’ve seen the most in my lifetime. One of my favorite Texas-based artists. This is a free show in a series curated by Good Records.
3 Kings of the Mic @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 6/26/15
If you like old school Hip Hop, this is pretty tight. LL Cool J, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, Sugarhill Gang, Furious Five and DJ Jazzy Jeff are among the featured performers.
4 Blonde Redhead @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Weds 7/1/15
Trees heard that I have a tendency to get Blonde Redhead and Heartless Bastards mixed up, and decided to book them back to back. They’re not especially similar, but they were both discoveries at my first ACL with females involved, so, whatever.
5 Larry (g)EE @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 6/26/15
I’m probably going to try to make it out to this freebie. 2 freebies in the top 5 (this one’s more family friendly). Larry is a local neo-soul artist who’s really, really good. Come on out with us.
6 the Appleseed Cast @ Dan’s Silverleaf (Denton) Fri 6/26/15
It seems like there’s been a lot of acts coming through lately that I got into when I first started listening to indie rock. This is one of those acts.
7 Vans Warped Tour @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/27/15
They seem to have finally decided not to have Warped Tour in Texas in late July/early August. Um, I’m familiar with maybe, 5 or 6 groups in this lineup, but I know it’s a big deal for those that go, b/c I used to be one of them. Have fun and stay hydrated.
8 Michael McDonald @ Celebration Park (Allen) Sat 6/27/15
This just makes me think of 40 year old virgin. Hah.
9 Little Hurricane @ House of Blues (Dallas) Tues 6/30/15
This San Diego group is yet another ACL discovery for me.
10 Qbert and Kool Keith @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Sat 6/27/15
I guess you can just have yourself a classic hip hop kinda weekend.
Also in town this week: 6/26 Guy Forsyth @ Live Oak Music Hall, the Great Divide and Cooder Graw @ Billy Bob’s, Johnnyswim @ House of Blues, Sage Francis @ Dada; 6/27 Doug Burr @ Dada, Mingo Fishtrap @ Gas Monkey; 6/28 Lenka @ House of Blues, Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/30 mewithoutyou @ Dada, A.A. Bondy @ Three Links, the Picturebooks @ the Prophet Bar; 7/2 Statesboro Revue @ Levitt Pavilion
Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……
Get out there and see some shows!