Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/26/15-7/2/15

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!

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How I Would Plan It: Glastonbury Festivals 2015

Ahhh, the big one. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure Glastonbury is the largest Music Festival in the world. It doesn’t have an easy to view schedule on the web, so I was like, eh, I’ll print it out so I can see it as a whole a little easier. Uh, wrong, it’s 44 pages long. You need a program for this thing. Have no fear though. With this schedule, and some really good jogging shoes, you’ll catch a little of everything. I’m not go into details on artists here. It’s mostly split sets, so there’s so many acts here. I guess I’ll go ahead and highlight the ones I wouldn’t want to miss. Sorry, I didn’t get one up for Firefly last week. I had it typed up and ready to go, just never got around to putting it into a post. Anyways, lace up, you’re gonna be busy.

Glastonbury Festivals 2015
Friday, Jun 26
11:00-11:30 Rhodes (Park Stage)
11:30-12:00 Cambodian Space Project (West Holts)
12:00-12:30 Chronixx (Pyramid Stage)
12:30-1:00 the Cribs (Other Stage)
1:00-2:00 James Bay (Pyramid Stage)
2:00-2:40 Leon Bridges (John Peel Stage)
2:40-3:30 Alabama Shakes (Pyramid Stage)
3:30-4:00 Catfish and the Bottlemen (Other Stage)
4:00-4:30 Chet Faker (John Peel Stage)
4:30-5:00 Mary J Blige (Pyramid Stage)
5:00-5:30 Wolf Alice (the Park Stage)
5:30-6:00 JD McPherson (Acoustic Stage)
6:00-6:30 Motorhead (Pyramid Stage)
6:30-7:00 Benjamin Booker (the Park Stage)
7:00-7:45 Run the Jewels (West Holts)
7:45-8:25 Florence and the Machine (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 Django Django (William’s Green)
9:00-9:30 Mark Ronson (Other Stage)
9:30-10:15 Jamie XX (the Park Stage)
10:15-11:45 Foo Fighters (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Super Furry Animals (the Park Stage)

Saturday, Jun 27
11:00-11:45 Flo Morrissey (the Park Stage)
11:45-12:10 Nadine Shah (William’s Green)
12:10-1:00 Courtney Barnett (Pyramid Stage)
1:00-1:30 Ibeyi (the Park Stage)
1:30-2:15 Izzy Bizu (La Pussy Parlure)
2:45-3:15 Young Fathers (Other Stage)
3:15-4:00 George Ezra (Pyramid Stage)
4:05-4:35 Ella Eyre (Other Stage)
4:35-5:00 Tuff Love (BBC Introducing)
5:00-5:45 Years and Years (John Peel Stage)
5:45-6:05 Clean Bandit (Other Stage)
6:05-6:30 Will Joseph Cook (BBC Introducing)
6:30-7:30 Father John Misty (the Park Stage)
7:35-8:05 Death From Above 1979 (John Peel Stage)
8:05-8:40 Mavis Staples (the Park Stage)
8:40-9:15 Pharrell Williams (Pyramid Stage)
9:15-9:45 Ben Howard (Other Stage)
9:45-10:45 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (West Holts)
10:45-11:45 Kanye West (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Jon Hopkins (the Park Stage)
12:15-2:30 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Pilton Palais Cinema)
1:30-3:00 Fatboy Slim (the Blues)
3:00-4:30 Four Tet (Genosys)

Sunday, Jun 28
11:00-11:40 Rival Sons (Other Stage)

12:00-12:40 Soak (Other Stage)
12:40-1:10 Mini Mansions (John Peel Stage)
1:10-1:45 Hozier (Pyramid Stage)
1:45-2:15 Saint Raymond (John Peel Stage)
2:15-3:15 Patti Smith (Pyramid Stage)
3:45-4:20 Alvvays (John Peel Stage)
4:20-5:15 Lionel Richie (Pyramid Stage)
5:15-5:45 Future Islands (Other Stage)
5:45-6:45 Alt-J (Pyramid Stage)

6:45-7:30 Belle & Sebastian (Other Stage)
7:30-8:00 Lianne La Havas (John Peel Stage)
8:00-8:30 Paul Weller (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 FKA Twigs (West Holt)
9:00-9:45 Buzzcocks (Left Field)
9:45-11:15 the Who (Pyramid Stage)
11:15-11:45 Ryan Adams (the Park Stage)
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/19/15-6/25/15

Going off of Pollstar screwed me over again, and I missed Leon’s Barefoot at the Belmont (then I guess I blocked it out, cause I was mad I couldn’t get tickets. Oh well, looks like it’s gonna rain there anyway) last week, so I’ve hopped up my attempt to roll my concert calendar into my spreadsheet, so I won’t miss as much. Still mostly going off of Pollstar this week, but maybe I can get everything loaded by the time next week rolls around.

1 Leon Bridges @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

The kid’s blowing up. Playing 2 shows Saturday at the intimate jazz lounge, to celebrate the release of his debut record. Tickets have been selling on the secondary market for upwards of $200. Don’t worry, you’ll get another chance soon. He’ll be at the Majestic in November (might want to get on that though).

2 Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Weds 6/24/15

Probably shouldn’t have the young upstart ahead of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but Leon’s is a much hotter ticket, so I’m going with that.

3 Avett Brothers w/ Old Crow Medicine Show @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Thurs 6/25/15

Seems like these guys are here every month. They’re definitely in town quite often for a band that’s not from Texas.

4 Best Coast w/ Bully @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Weds 6/24/15

Still a little surprised I haven’t seen them yet. Bethany Cosentino makes some of the best beach inspired rock going right now. Maybe not quite on the level of #2 up there, but it’s still solid.

5 Dawes @ Strauss Square (Dallas) Weds 6/24/15

A nice little indie group that craft some lovely songs.

6 Darius Rucker @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 6/19/15

Darius “Don’t Call Me Hootie” Rucker does his country thing on Friday. No Blowfish necessary.

7 White Snake @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Mon 6/22/15

HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN!!!! Oh, sorry, got distracted. 3 of the top 7 shows this week are on a week day at Verizon.

8 Jodeci w/ Tony! Toni! Tone! @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 6/21/15

And they’ve got some throw back R&B on Sunday after brunch. Tony! Toni! Tone! opens.

9 Jefferson Starship @ Gas Monkey (Dallas) Thurs 6/25/15

No Grace Slick = meh

10 Charlie Mars @ Live Oak Music Hall (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

SMU Grad, singer/songwriter Charlie Mars heads to Funkytown this weekend.

Also in town this week: 6/19 Yelawolf @ Bomb Factory, Quiet Company @ Nasher Sculpture Center, Josh Abbott Band @ Lone Star Park, Hudson Moore @ Levitt Pavilion, Mark Chesnutt @ Billy Bob’s, the Dan Band @ House of Blues, Heartbyrne @ Granada Theater; 6/20 Delta Rae @ the Kessler Theater, Grupo Fantasma @ Dada, Kevin Fowler @ Billy Bob’s, Black Violin @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/21 Gedeon Luke @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/24 Say Anything @ Gas Monkey; 6/25 Kathy Griffin @ Majestic Theatre, Royal Southern Brotherhood @ Levitt Pavilion

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/12/15-6/18/15

A big one for you Southern rock folks, and I might finally make it out to the Levitt this season.

1 Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Blue Oyster Cult @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Fri 6/12/15

2 classic rock legends throwing it down in this comfy little venue.

2 Steve Earle @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Fri 6/12/15

Legendary Texas singer-songwriter takes you down to Copperhead Road.

3 Allen Stone @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sun 6/14/15

Emerging blue-eyed soul revivalist lights up the stage at Granada.

4 D’Angelo @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Tues 6/16/15

R&B heartthrob D’Angelo returned after a long hiatus with one of last year’s most celebrated albums.

5 Ben Folds @ House of Blues (Dallas) Thurs 6/18/15

One of my favorite college/indie songwriters from my growing up years. Last time I saw him, he didn’t play “Brick”. WHAT?!?!?!?!

6 Neon Trees @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Thurs 6/18/15

The show everybody will be talking about? *groans*

7 Jack FM Throwback Festival @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

3 stages full of cover bands. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t worry, someone will be giving them away.

8 Reverend Horton Heat @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

Dallas’s own, the “Godfather of Modern Rockabilly” always puts on a fun show.

9 Marcus Miller @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sat 6/13/15

One of the all-time greatest jazz bass players, Miller has played with Miles and countless others, and had a quite successful career as a group leader.

10 Sarah Jaffe @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 6/12/15

Now that it’s finally gotten dry, I may make my first visit to the Levitt this season for this one. One of my favorite D/FW singer/songwriters.

Also in town this week: 6/12 Jon Bellion @ Trees, Cory Morrow @ Granada Theater, Cody Jinks w/ the Damn Quails, Quaker City Night Hawks @ House of Blues; 6/13 the Kinfolk’s Soul Food Festival ft Salt N Pepa @ Lynn Creek Park (Grand Prairie), Rich Robinson @ Levitt Pavilion, Kelly Willis @ Billy Bob’s, Uncle Lucius @ the Kessler Theater; 6/14 Geto Boys @ House of Blues, Jones Family Singers @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/15 William Fitzsimmons @ Kessler Theater, the Weepies w/ Carsie Blanton @ Granada Theater; 6/16 French Horn Rebellion @ House of Blues; 6/17 Great Lake Swimmers @ Club Dada; 6/18 Aaron Lewis @ Rockin Rodeo (Denton), King Sunny Ade & His African Beats @ Strauss Square

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

How I Would Plan It: Bonnaroo 2015

You know festival season is in full swing when this one comes around. Bonnaroo, along with Coachella, is always one of the big guns amongst American festivals. It takes place over 4 days at Great Stage Park on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Seeing as my wife doesn’t camp, and we don’t do drugs, and thus probably can’t stay up and get our money’s worth at a festival that runs until 3 in the morning, we’ll probably never get to this one. That being said, the lineup always gets my festival juices flowing. I appreciate the festival’s fun stage names, and while strange stage time staggering creates several options for my 30 minute taste approach to festivals, it also deters me from choosing those splits to catch certain songs. The festival also features a comedy stage, a film screening tent, and a silent disco, but I’m just sticking to the music. Anyways, here goes:

Bonnaroo 2015
Thursday, Jun 11
5:45-6:30 Unlocking the Truth (This Tent)

This teenage metal band from Brooklyn has gotten a lot of attention in the media in the last few years, and are featured in the documentary, Breaking a Monster
7:00-7:30 Strand of Oaks (This Tent)
This show should chill you back out after rocking your face off
7:30-8:00 Ryn Weaver (the Other Tent)
and then go get your indie pop fix with emerging pop princess, Ryn Weaver
8:15-8:45 Iceage (This Tent)
Then more rocking your face off
8:45-9:15 Temples (The Other Tent)
British psych rock band has a great throwback sound.
9:15-10:00 Houndmouth (That Tent)
Houndmouth released one of my favorite blues-tinged rock records of the year.
10:00-10:30 Glass Animals (the Other Tent)
British indie rockers have been getting a lot of buzz of late
10:45-11:15 Courtney Barnett (This Tent)
Again, one of my favorite singer-songwriters going right now, sad I missed her last week, but I had to see the Stones.
11:15-11:45 Benjamin Booker (The Other Tent)
an artist that blew up the festival scene at the end of last season, now he’s making the rounds of the early festival season this year.
12:00-12:30 Jungle (That Tent)
Here’s where the staggering messes up my schedule, don’t think you’ll be catching “Busy Earning” in this portion of their set.
12:30-1:00 Mac DeMarco (This Tent)
but you don’t want to miss all of Mac’s set, right?

Fri, Jun 12
1:15-2:00 the Districts (the Other Tent)

indie rockers should put on a lively show.
2:00-3:00 Brownout presents Brown Sabbath (Which Stage)
Austin metal outfit Brownout perform the works of Black Sabbath. I’m in.
3:00-3:45 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (The Other Stage)
Don’t get me lying, the only thing going at the time. I don’t know, maybe grab a snack or check out some shops. 🙂
3:45-4:45 Royal Blood (Which Stage)
British rock band has already blown up in Europe and the UK, trying to do the same stateside.
4:45-5:45 Unknown Mortal Orchestra (the Other Tent)
the indie rock group play in support of the excellent (if sometimes weird) Multi-Love.
5:45-6:15 Mini Mansions (Who Stage)
I wasn’t impressed with their performance opening for Arctic Monkeys, but they did put out one of the better records of 2015 so far.
6:30-7:15 Sylvan Esso (the Other Tent)
Still out in support of their excellent self titled debut (already a part of Asa’s Record Collection)
7:15-7:45 Kacey Musgraves (That Tent)
I guess I’d sacrifice a few minutes of the Shakes to catch a little of Kacey.
7:45-8:45 Alabama Shakes (What Stage)
But dammit, I’m catching the rest.
8:45-9:45 Tears for Fears (This Tent)
Ummm, 80’s, y’all. Obviously, this is the perfect lead-in to what comes next.
9:45-11:00 Kendrick Lamar (What Stage)
The current King of Hip Hop (Shut your face, Kanye).
11:15-12:00 Run the Jewels (This Tent)
Killer Mike and El-P had one of the biggest albums of the year in 2014 and have more coming.
12:00-12:45 Earth, Wind and Fire (That Tent)
Man, we are just all over the place here.
12:45-1:15 Deadmau5 (What Stage)
the man with the mask
1:15-1:45 Flying Lotus (the Other Tent)
Should be another good dance set. You still awake over there?
1:45-3:30 STS9 (That Tent)
These guys are pretty fun, and they’ll take you into the wee hours of the morning

Sat, Jun 13
2:00-2:30 Catfish and the Bottlemen (This Tent)
These guys have a long, weird name, that doesn’t exactly lend itself to twitter, but the music’s pretty solid.
2:30-3:15 Phox (the Other Tent)
Another one I recently couldn’t cram into my busy concert schedule.
3:15-4:00 Kevin Garrett (New Music on Tap Lounge)
Kevin is worth going to this space once during the weekend
4:00-5:00 Rhiannon Giddens (Which Stage)
If she’s half as entertaining solo as she is with her group (Carolina Chocolate Drops), this should be a good one.
5:15-5:45 Bleachers (This Tent)
the solo project of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff. About to kick off a tour with Charli XCX.
5:45-6:45 the War on Drugs (Which Stage)
One of 2014’s best albums, worth missing Hozier for.
6:45-7:30 Jamie XX (the Other Tent)
Jamie (of the XX) just dropped one of the top records of 2015 last week.
7:30-8:30 Gary Clark Jr (Which Stage)
The Austinite is one of the top guitarists going today.
8:30-9:30 My Morning Jacket (What Stage)
Always a fun live show, I plotted you right in the middle of it
9:30-10:30 Childish Gambino (Which Stage)
TROY!!!!!! Donald Glover is actually a pretty legit rapper.
10:30-11:00 Slayer (This Tent)
Raining blood all over this place
11:00-1:00 Mumford and Sons (What Stage)
And from Slayer to 2 hours of Mumford and Sons. That’ll kill your buzz. 🙂
1:00-2:00 D’Angelo & the Vanguard (This Tent)
This one will give your lady a whole different kind of buzz
2:00-3:15 Flume (That Tent)
hot Australian DJ will drive you into the night.
Sun, Jun 14
12:15-12:45 Pokey LaFarge (Which Stage)
Haven’t actually heard these guys, but hear they put on a good show.
12:45-1:15 Shakey Graves (That Tent)
Austin musician has been drumming up a lot of attention lately.
1:15-1:45 Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas (the Other Tent)
I hadn’t heard of her, but the write-ups sound promising, might have to pretend I’m going to Bonnaroo and check them out.
1:45-2:15 Hurray for the Riff Raff (That Tent)
the excellent American outfit put out a superb record last year.
2:15-3:00 Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear (Which Stage)
the engaging mother/son duo put out one of better records last month.
3:00-3:45 Twenty One Pilots (What Stage)
These guys did too
3:45-4:15 AWOLNATION (Which Stage)
Sail on over to this one when you get a chance
4:15-4:45 MØ (the Other Tent)
Danish hit-slinger is gunning for the mainstream.
4:45-5:45 Spoon (What Stage)
This Austin band is one of the few mid-day sets that got a full hour, I think.
5:45-6:15 Brandi Carlile (Which Stage)
But I’m still skipping out early to catch a little of this set.
6:15-7:00 Punch Brothers (That Tent)
Chris Thile and the boys have a long set, but I’ve got to go see….
7:00-8:00 Florence and the Machine (What Stage)
Florence Welch and the gang were better that I expected when I saw them at ACL a few years back.
8:00-9:00 Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters (Which Stage)
You’ve got to take the chance to catch one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time when you get it, I suppose.
9:00-11:30 Billy Joel (What Stage)
the Piano Man closes out your weekend, which is kinda weird, but I guess it works.
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

How I Would Plan It: Free Press Summer Fest 2015

Free Press Summer Fest is a 2-day annual music festival in Houston, generally at Eleanor Tinsley Park. The fest started in 2009 and got my attention a few years back. I think this year’s lineup felt a little weaker than the last few years, but the schedule looked pretty good once I laid it all out. Due to the flooding in the South Texas area, the event has been moved to the NRG Field lots near Reliant Stadium, because everyone wants to party with 50,000 people in a parking lot. They also have a Fancy Pants Stage, exclusive to attendees with Fancy Pants passes, but I left those performances out of this schedule, for the little people. If you fancy, check it yourself. There are some good performance times for some solid acts there. Anyways:

Free Press Summer Fest 2015

Saturday, Jun 6
12:00-12:30 the Vanity (Mars Stage)
12:40-1:20 Twin Peaks (Saturn Stage)
1:20-2:10 Sarah Jaffe (Neptune Stage)
2:10-2:40 the Suffers (Saturn Stage)
2:40-3:10 Sturgill Simpson (Mars Stage)
3:10-3:50 Houndmouth (Venus Stage)
3:50-4:10 Portugal. The Man (Saturn Stage)

4:10-5:10 Gary Clark Jr. (Mars Stage)
5:10-6:00 the Bright Light Social Hour (Venus Stage)
6:00-7:00 Band of Horses (Mars Stage)
6:50-8:00 Tears for Fears (Neptune Stage)
7:50-8:20 Chance the Rapper (Mars Stage)
8:20-9:00 St Vincent (Saturn Stage)
9:00-9:40 Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires (Venus Stage)
9:50-11:00 R Kelly (Mars Stage)

Sunday, Jun 7
12:10-12:50 Buxton (Saturn Stage)
12:50-1:30 Futurebirds (Neptune Stage)
1:30-2:20 the Band of Heathens (Mars Stage)
2:30-3:20 Grizfolk (Venus Stage)
3:20-3:50 Diarrhea Planet (Jupiter Stage)
3:50-4:40 Future Islands (Neptune Stage)
4:40-5:00 ILoveMakonnen (Mercury Stage)
5:00-5:30 Flume (Mars Stage)
5:30-6:30 Flogging Molly (Neptune Stage)
6:30-7:30 the Decemberists (Saturn Stage)
7:40-8:10 Belle and Sebastian (Neptune Stage)
8:10-8:40 Benjamin Booker (Venus Stage)
8:50-10:05 Weezer (Saturn Stage)
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/5/15-6/11/15

So, this week is an easy one. Crossing #1 off my must-see list for the 2nd time in a year. Pretty excited. Aside from that, there’s a lot of good shows I would have loved to go through if I weren’t allotting my concert budget and time to the Stones.

1 Rolling Stones w/ Grace Potter @ AT&T Stadium (Arlington) Sat 6/6/15

Only one of the greatest rock bands of all time. And Grace Potter ain’t so bad herself.

2 Courtney Barnett @ Club Dada (Deep Ellum) Sat 6/6/15

Before the Stones show was announced, I almost bit on a very rare trip from me to Deep Ellum to catch this one. One of my favorite emerging artists, period.

3 Tim McGraw @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/6/15

So, I think I used to like Tim McGraw, back before he started making all those cheesy songs. What, that’s his whole career, my bad. Anyways, I guess this is a big show.

4 Benjamin Booker @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Tues 6/9/15

Booker blew up so big and so fast last year, that he had to be moved to a larger stage for weekend 2 at ACL.

5 Black Joe Lewis @ Flying Saucer (Fort Worth) Sun 6/7/15

Black Joe might be my favorite performer in Texas. We’ve seen him several times and it’s always an excellent show. I would totally be at this, if I had a sitter and wasn’t going to the Stones the day before.

6 Butch Walker/Jonathan Tyler @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas) Sun 6/7/15

Butch Walker is pretty good, and Jonathan Tyler is another one of my favorite Texan performers.

7 Christopher Owens @ Club Dada (Deep Ellum) Tues 6/9/15

the former Girls frontman is touring in support of his latest, Chrissybaby Forever. Deep Ellum’s got a couple pretty good shows going that night.

8 the Mountain Goats @ the Kessler Theater (Oak Cliff) Mon 6/8/15

John Darnielle and his folk powerhouse tour in support of their excellent new record, Beat the Champ.

9 Johnny Mathis @ Winspear Opera House (Dallas) Thus 6/11/15

Born in Gilmer, TX, the soon-to-be 80 year old Mathis will have your grandma swooning at the Winspear, while he sings the classics.

10 Trails and Ways @ Club Dada (Deep Ellum) Weds 6/10/15

the Deep Ellum party doesn’t stop on a Tuesday. Here’s another excellent emerging band on Wednesday.

Also in town this week: 6/5 Brandi Carlile @ House of Blues, Robert Earl Keen @ Billy Bob’s, Doug Burr @ Magnolia Motor Lounge, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Club Dada, Shelby Lynne @ AT&T Performing Arts Center, Romeo Santos @ American Airlines Center, Pinata Protest @ the Aardvark; 6/6 Clint Black @ Billy Bob’s, Bowling for Soup @ House of Blues, Jim Jefferies @ the Majestic Theatre, the Relatives @ Dallas Zoo, Band of Heathens @ Dan’s Silverleaf; 6/7 Active Child @ the Kessler, Ingrid Michaelson @ House of Blues; 6/8 the Helio Sequence @ Club Dada; 6/11 the Melvins/Le Butcherettes @ Trees

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!