Also Among This Week’s Upcoming Dallas-Area Shows You Should Know: Motion City Soundtrack, Vic Mensa, Cautious Clay, Grace VanderWaal, Helmet & More.

It was reported this week that 47 members of a Jimmy Buffett fan club from Oklahoma fell ill upon a visit to the Dominican Republic. Per People, the group’s travel agent confirmed that the group came down with vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and other unfortunate symptoms while visiting Hotel Riu Palace Macao.

This report came amid widespread fear over visiting the South American country, which only helps to beg the question – why are Jimmy Buffet fans going to the Dominican Republic en masse? We combed through every report but couldn’t find any evidence of Buffett being scheduled to play a show there (side-note: “Jimmy Buffett tour dates” is now part of our browser history, so the data-mining overlords over at Google will mistaken us for alcoholic baby boomers.)

You don’t have to go to the Dominican Republic to express your love of an artist, though. You can just buy a ticket to any of the freshly-announced shows below that are taking place in our neck of the woods.

Wade Bowen & Randy Rogers
Thursday, July 18, at House of Blues
On sale now.
Two red dirt country giants will embark on the last minute “Hold My Beer & Watch This Tour.” (Psst…Wade Bowen is also playing Lava Cantina tomorrow.)

Dinosaur Pile-Up
Wednesday, August 7 at House of Blues
On sale Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m.
We have been bombarded with press releases for this band lately, and apparently, it’s in the middle of a tour with Shinedown. Good on the band for getting some powerful people in its corner.

Grace VanderWaal
Friday, August 16, at Granada Theater
On sale now.
This show is almost sold out, but in case you stumble upon this just in time, she’s a 15-year-old singer-songwriter from Kansas who won a season of America’s Got Talent. She also toured with Imagine Dragons last year.

Vic Mensa & Jesse
Thursday, August 29, at Granada Theater
On sale Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m.
The former is an outspoken Chicago rapper who toured with Jay-Z last year, and the latter is a member of the Neighbourhood. So, there’s that.

Sunn O)))
Sunday, September 1, at Granada Theater
On sale now.
Throughout its 20 year run as a band, Seattle drone metal outfit Sunn O))) has never once played Dallas. So yeah, this is a big deal. Papa M (who is also opening for Mogwai the week before at Canton Hall) and Big Brave open.

Charli XCX
Wednesday, September 25 at House of Blues
On sale Friday June, 21 at 10 a.m.
Charli XCX rose to acclaim in 2013 following her features in Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and has since released hits such as “Boom Clap,” and “Break the Rules.” Following a career-defining tour with Taylor Swift, the English pop singer has been gearing up for the release of her upcoming full-length album Charli, which she recently teased with a the Lizzo-featured track titled “Blame It on Your Love.” It bangs, if you were wondering.

Thursday, October 3, at Canton Hall
On sale now.
If Macklemore’s pseudo-wokeness being dubbed over the production of Twenty One Pilots sounds appealing to you, check this out.

Sofi Tukker
Tuesday, October 15 at Granada Theater
On sale Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. 
Sofi and Tukker are actually the first names of both members of this EDM duo, and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, it should, as the duo is Grammy-nominated. Haiku Hands and LP Giobbi open.

Sunday, November 3, at Trees
On sale now.
Whether you choose to credit or blame the band for this, Helmet has had an enormous influence in alternative, nu metal and post-hardcore. Bands like Linkin Park, Korn, System of a Down and Pantera count Helmet as an inspiration for their sound. The band will be touring this fall in celebration of its 30-year anniversary and swinging through a venue it has a rich history with.

Cautious Clay
Saturday, November 16, at Granada Theater
On sale Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
Cautious Clay is on the rise. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter has amassed 27 million Spotify streams for his single “Cold War” alone. And just today, he was featured on Billboard’s “Black Music Innovators” series.

Motion City Soundtrack
Saturday, January 18 at House of Blues
On sale Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m.
When Jimmy Eat World opened the floodgates of mainstream emo in the early ‘00s, it gave rise to bands like Motion City Soundtrack. The band’s commercial breakout album, the Mark Hoppus-produced Commit This to Memory, set lofty expectations MCS wasn’t able to fulfill two years later with the release of the Ric Ocasek-produced and power-pop influenced Even If It Kills Me. In 2010, the band would later go back to treading familiar ground with 2010’s My Dinosaur Life, an album that coincidentally turns 10 years old just one day after this show.

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