Also Among This Week’s Upcoming Dallas-Area Shows You Should Know: Peter, Bjorn & John, Dance Gavin Dance, Strand of Oaks, Trevor Noah, Bryan Ferry & More.

Do yourself a favor and take a Klonopin before reading this. Why? Because it’s just a lot to unpack.

There are some 39 big-time shows that announced Dallas area stops this week alone — and that’s before factoring in the just-announced KAABOO Festival that’s going on out at AT&T Stadium this May, which, confusing as it looks, also promises to be a major deal all it’s on.

For now, though, let’s focus on these other shows.


Laura Gibson
Friday, January 25, at Double Wide
On sale now.
Pitchfork once praised Barsuk artist Laura Gibson’s LP Empire Builder as, “a cathartic tale of loss and redemption.” Austin singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry opens.

Friday, March 1, at Three Links
On sale now.
Along with Shonen Knife, The’s remain one of the most well-known punk bands from Japan. They are perhaps best known for their appearance in Kill Bill, Vol. 1.

Wiz Khalifa + Curren$y
Thursday, March 7, at House of Blues.
On sale now.
The rapper behind hits such as “We Dem Boyz” and “Black and Yellow” returns to Dallas as part of the aptly named 2009 Tour. Young Money alumni Curren$y co-headlines.

Tuesday, March 12 – Sunday, March 17, in Deep Ellum
On sale now.
South Carolina indie rock band Susto and Brooklyn psych-rock outfit Crumb are the latest additions to the stacked NSFWknd 2019 lineup.

Catfish & the Bottlemen
Saturday, March 16, at House of Blues.
On sale now.
Catfish & the Bottlemen had a career highlight two years ago when they toured North America with Green Day. The fellas return to House of Blues in March for the first time since 2016.

David Liebe Hart
Tuesday, March 19, at Andy’s Bar
On sale now.
David Liebe Hart (of Tim & Eric fame) and his notoriously off-putting puppets make a triumphant return to Denton just in time for SXSW.

K104’s April Fools Comedy Jam
Friday, March 29, at The Theatre at Grand Prairie
On sale now.
DeDe McGuire (of K104’s DeDe in the Morning) hosts a comedy show featuring Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce (former host of BET’s ComicView), Fazion Love, B. Simone and Deon Cole (star of Black-ish and writer/cast member on Conan.) No foolin’!

Moneybagg Yo
Friday, March 29, at Canton Hall
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Moneybagg Yo is the stage name of prolific Memphis rapper Demario DeWayne White, Jr, who signed onto Yo Gotti’s label CMG in 2016. Following the release of a whopping 16 mixtapes since 2012, he released his debut studio album Reset in November 2018.

Ella Vos
Thursday, April 4, at Dada
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Her name is Spanish for “she you.” Say what you want about Yo La Tengo’s name, but at least “I have it” makes grammatical sense.

Dance Gavin Dance
Friday, April 5, at South Side Music Hall
On sale now.
The Sacramento post-hardcore outfit is still going strong despite numerous lineup changes over the years. Periphery, Don Bronco, Hail the Sun, Covet and Thousand Below open.

Turnover + Turnstile
Saturday, April 6, at Canton Hall
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
In preparation for this year’s Coachella, Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile will embark on a co-headlining tour with Virginia Beach emo band Turnover. Portland-based lo-fi pop band Raptaliens opens.

Children of Bodom
Sunday, April 7, at Canton Hall
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Finland’s beloved melodic death metal band makes an overdue return to the U.S. Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart and Fragmentum open.

John Corabi (Acoustic)
Sunday, April 7, at Trees
On sale now.
He was Vince Neil’s replacement in Motley Crue for four years back in the ‘90s, which was obviously not a good decade for hair metal.

Homegrown Fest
Saturday, April 13, at Main Street Garden Park
On sale now.
The Festival’s 10-year victory lap includes headliners Tripping Daisy, Toadies and a reunited Seryn, among other greatest hits billing from the course of its decade-long history.

Strand of Oaks
Wednesday, April 17, at Three Links
On sale now.
The project of singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter announced a North American and European run in conjunction with the announcement of an upcoming LP featuring Jason Isbell and members of My Morning Jacket.

Lil Mosey
Thursday, April 18, at Canton Hall
On sale now.
Lil Mosey is a 16-year-old rapper who has garnered over 22 million hits on YouTube with the song “Pull Up,” and over 143 million streams on Spotify with the song “Noticed.” Feeling unaccomplished yet?

Trevor Noah
Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20, at Toyota Music Factory
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
The host of The Daily Show returns for a two-night stand in Irving.

Thursday, April 25, at Trees
On sale now.
The hip-hop/R&B artist and founder of the Zero Fatigue collective/label toured with the likes of SZA, T-Pain and Mick Jenkins. Pitchfork said of Smino, “His default singing voice – which he uses to rap as well – is weightless and honeyed to the point that it’s hard to tell if he’s in a falsetto.”

Peter, Bjorn & John
Saturday, April 27, at Dada
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. 
A lot of Scandinavian bands have been announced this week, apparently. This is the one that whistles — and used to play rooms loads bigger than this one.

Fortress Festival
Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, at Will Rogers Memorial Center
On sale now.
As we previously discussed, CHVRCHES, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Superorganism and more have been added to the lineup of the third annual Fortress Festival in Fort Worth. Over the weekend, rumors of Rae Sremmurd’s split began to speculate, so hopefully a last-minute booking won’t need to take place.

Monday, April 29, at Trees
On sale now.
Holy creative stagnation, Batman! Let’s put this band in the “Forgettable Post-Hardcore/Emo Bands” pile.

Ex Hex
Wednesday, May 1, at Curtain Club
On sale now.
Mary Timony is perhaps best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for revered noise pop band Helium. 12 years following their break-up, she would form Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame. With both bands broken up, she spends her time performing in garage punk trio Ex Hex, who will release their third album It’s Real on March 22 via Merge Records. Last week, they gave us a little tease with the release of their single “Cosmic Cave.”

Architects (UK)
Wednesday, May 1, at House of Blues
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Yes, there’s an Architects in the US. And an Architect in the U.S. And an Architechs in Great Britain. And an Arkitekt in Great Britain. But don’t get it confused – this is Architects in Great Britain. Easy distinction!

Blac Rabbit
Wednesday, May 1, at Three Links
On sale now.
Blac Rabbit is a Rockaway Beach, NY-based psychedelic rock, whose founding members Amiri and Rahiem Taylor achieved virality following a cover of the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week.”

Elle King
Tuesday, May 7, at House of Blues
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Tanner Schneider, AKA Elle King, is Rob Schneider’s daughter. I know that sort of thing shouldn’t define a person or their art, but the whole “sins of the father” thing shouldn’t apply to the person whose father wrote Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. She, however, is pretty great, and her backing band is largely Denton based.

Wednesday, May 8, at Trees
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
The Canadian punk rockers return to Trees for the first time since opening for Modern Baseball. Chicago indie band Ratboys open.

Wednesday, May 8, at Three Links
On sale now.
Sasami Ashworth of Cherry Glazerr fame announced the March 8 release of her debut album SASAMI via Domino. The album will consist of guest features from Soko, Devendra Banhart and Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils. Fans of C86/indie/jangle pop music should definitely keep an eye out.

Saturday, May 11, at Granada Theater
On sale now.
Missio is an Austin-based electronic duo that released their debut LP, Loner, on RCA Records in 2017. From what the band announced in recent months, a sophomore album is in the works. So, um, middle fingers in the air, everyone.

On Cinema At the Cinema Live!
Friday, May 17, at Texas Theater
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington (the latter not channeling his Neil Hamburger persona this time), will be reviewing today’s films to an audience of dedicated GreggHeads and TimHeads. We give this show announcement six bags of popcorn and three cups of soda.

The Drums
Wednesday, May 22, at Granada Theater
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
From 2008-2016, there were steady lineup changes that caused The Drums to turn into the solo project of founding member Jonathan Pierce. Following this, the project released Abysmal Thoughts in 2017, and is scheduled to release Brutalism in April 2019.

Exodus Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, May 26, at Toyota Music Factory
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.

The Fort Worth-born and raised gospel musician and 12-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin is curating and headlining the second year of his Exodus Music and Arts Festival. Other performers for this installment include Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Vashawn Mitchell and Kelontae Gavin.

Saturday, June 1, at The Bomb Factory
On sale now.
Johnnyswim is a folk/soul duo consisting of married duo Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. The latter is the daughter of the late Donna Summer.

Eddie Izzard
Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10, at Majestic Theatre
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
The Lost Python has a new show called “Wunderbar,” and you have two days to experience it at the Majestic Theatre.

Saturday, June 22, at Dada
On sale now.
Priests are back, and their John Congleton-produced sophomore album The Seduction of Kansas is slated for release in April. Rolling Stone recently premiered the album’s title track and gave it much-deserved praise.

Friday, July 19, at Trees
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
The band that Steve Albini once confused for Jawbreaker reunited in 2009 for a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and have been dormant ever since. On Monday, they announced a reunion tour out of nowhere, and we are lucky enough to be witnessing their first DFW appearance in over 20 years.

Rufus Du Sol
Tuesday, July 24, at The Bomb Factory
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
Rufus Du Sol had a big 2018, and with their addition to this year’s Coachella and two consecutive nights at the revered institution and artistic rite of passage that is Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 2019 looks to be even bigger.

Bryan Ferry
Wednesday, August 21, at Majestic Theatre
On sale Thursday, January 17, at 10 a.m.
Bryan Ferry, longtime solo artist and frontman of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Roxy Music, returns to Dallas this summer (sans Brian Eno, of course) in celebration of Roxy Music’s 1982 classic Avalon.

The Who
Friday, September 27, at American Airlines Center
On sale Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m.
As teased last week, The Who will return to the U.S. as part of the Moving On! tour. What’s most telling about the revealed tour dates are the days off between each show, which can possibly be attributed to logistics and/or old age. This is also their only Texas show so far, which almost makes up for The Rolling Stones making Houston their only Texas stop this year. Almost.

Billy Joel
Saturday, October 12, at Globe Life Park
On sale now.
It was announced late last year that Paul McCartney would play the first show at the soon-to-shutter Globe Life Park in Arlington. Well, Billy Joel will be playing its last show, and there is no better person to give an historic baseball stadium the bon voyage it deserves.

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