Hit Like The Atom Bomb.

Want to give your social media followers the impression that you lead a fun life? You could just stay in and stage elaborate photos that make it look like you’re out on the town, but like rapper Lil Bow Wow this week, you’re bound to get caught.

Might as well go the safe route and just go out and do something fun. And with the list below, finding somewhere to go is even easier than stealing somebody’s Insta photo and claiming it as your own. — Cory Graves

Friday

Waka Flocka Flame at Lizard Lounge
The Fozzy Bear-loving rapper known more for his good fortune than his skill will go hard in the paint at the late-night dance club. — CG

Crate Diggers One-Year Anniversary Concert at Double Wide
Only a year in the game and this little blog is already becoming the go-to source for Dallas music news. Ty Richards, Northern National and Bravo Max each perform at this anniversary party/concert. — CG

Clay Walker at Billy Bob’s
Walker boasts six country No. 1s, all of which came between 1993 and 1997. But we have been reading several articles lately about how everything from 1997 is suddenly cool again — minus JNCOs. — CG

Doug Burr, Claire Morales at Sundown
Shows from the great Denton singer-songwriter Doug Burr may not be quite as frequent as they were a few years ago, but you can still catch the solid veteran performer in action this weekend. Fellow Dentonite Claire Morales opens. — CG

Joe Rogan at Verizon Theatre
Fear is not a factor for this MMA-announcing, ‘90s sitcom-starring, reality TV-hosting, podcaster who is in town performing stand-up. — CG

Chase Jordan, Wililams Blake at The Dirty 30
In the past couple weeks, new venues have opened up in Dallas (The Dirty 30), The Colony (Lava Cantina) and Fort Worth (Main At South Side). Have you been to all of them yet? Two of them? One? You’ve got chances to check out all three this weekend. — CG

Pallbearer at The Curtain Club
The 2012 debut LP from sludgy, Sabbath-loving Arkansas doom metal outfit was one of the year’s best heavy records. The band’s follow-up efforts have proved them far more than just a one-album wonder. In fact, several critics would tell you Pallbearer is the current high water mark for heavy acts on tour at the moment. — CG

Ruthie Foster at Kessler Theater
The Texas native won the 2016 Koko Taylor Award for Best Traditional Female Artist by the Blues Foundation. Austin’s Betty Soo comes along for the ride. — CG

Sondre Lerche at Dada
With every album – and there’s been nine of ‘em now – the Scandinavian musician has drifted from genre to genre to suit his current mood. No matter he dabbles, it’s all mostly pleasant, poppy and slightly off kilter. — CG

The Color of Money 35mm at Texas Theatre
Paul Newman won an Oscar and Tom Cruise held his own in this sequel to 1961’s The Hustler. Both guys are effortlessly smooth as two generations of pool sharks. This film is part of the Texas Theater’s tribute to late cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who worked extensively with Martin Scorsese. — Kip Mooney

KNON Music Fest, Barbecue and Crawfish Cook Out at Texas Musicians Museum
The half-food, half-music fest starts up with the food portion. Keep scrolling for Saturday’s musical lineup. — CG

Signals & Alibis, Julian Neel & June West, Majik Taylor at MASS
In the past couple weeks, new venues have opened up in Dallas (The Dirty 30), The Colony (Lava Cantina) and Fort Worth (Main At South Side). Have you been to all of them yet? Two of them? One? You’ve got chances to check out all three this weekend. — CG

PKTBK at Twilite Lounge (Free)
Pronounced like “pocketbook,” the jazzy, Denton neo-soul outfit is bringing nine members to the tiny Twilite stage. Pack it up, pack ‘em in. — CG

Daphne Willis at The Rustic (Free)
Hall of Fame Texas Rangers radio announcer Eric Nadel’s favorite musician performs for the whitest kids you know. — CG

Baked, Sealion, Talkie Walkie, The Bolos at Armoury, D.E. (Free)
Genre-bounding Brooklyn indie punks Baked hit town in support of their sophomore record Farnham. They’ll have fun in Dallas margarita punk style. — CG

Awesome Mix Dance Party at Alamo Drafthouse (Cedars)
Are we all still Groot? Because the Drafthouse’s upstairs bar, Vetted Well, hosts a ‘70s music-filled Guardians of the Galaxy-themed dance party, complete with live band karaoke. Star Lord’s mom approves. — CG

The Royal Academia Cordofonica Ensemble, Clint Niosi, Mazarn at Full City Rooster
Crown and Harp might have hosted its final shows last weekend before shutting its doors for good, but “out there” music will always find a way. Ex-Crown booker Lily Taylor would be the first to tell you they weren’t the only spot opening their arms to experimental acts – and bars aren’t the only spots hosting live music. — CG

Better Than Ezra at House of Blues
We heard a song by this band a bunch of times a long time ago. It was good, aha. — CG

Emily King at Trees
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King has performed with the likes of Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys. That’s quite a resume there. Though she’s no doubt accustomed to playing packed arenas on a nightly basis, it’s pretty cool knowing she still performs at more compact venues, like Dallas’ famed Trees, too. — Calvin Cashen

STAG Dallas Anniversary Party
The hip Dallas clothier celebrates its first year in business with free drinks and tunes at its Cole Avenue location, and lots of giveaways, including a free night’s stay at The Joule. — CG

Red Shahan at Magnolia Motor Lounge
The rising Fort Worth country star-in-the-making plays for the hometown crowd. Lauren Alexander opens. — CG

Pete Sessions Protest #StopAHCA at 12377 Merit Drive, Suite 750
Congressman Sessions recently remarked that nobody was going to lose their healthcare coverage under the new Trumpcare bill. Do you agree with this statement? Let me hear from ya. — CG

Saturday

Homegrown Music & Arts Fest at Main Street Garden Park
We’ve known for a minute now that Tripping Daisy is reuniting for its first seceond show in more than 17 years at this weekend’s Homegrown Fest. Many of you have known this for some time, too. Our story about it was one of our most read items for the entire month of January. But don’t overlook the rest of the lineup, which is one that, for the first time ever, features a few non-Texas-made talents. Rounding out that bill? MUTEMATH, White Denim, Porches, Lower Dens, Still Corners, Motorcade, RC & The Gritz, El Gato, Cure for Paranoia, Lizzie Boredom and Greg Schroeder. Party! — CG

Last Podcast on the Left at Texas Theatre
The podcast that covers real life horrors “from demons and aliens to cults and serial killers” is in town for a live taping. — CG

SOARing to Save Sir Mo at Dallas Elks Lodge No. 71
Ex-WWE tag team champ, and current North Texas resident, Sir Mo of Men on a Mission fame, is need of a kidney transplant. Local wrestling promotion SOAR is hosting this fundraising event to help the wounded warrior. They’re even bringing in his old buddy Kevin Nash for meet-and-greet opportunities. — CG

The Taste of Sound at The Brixton — Shops at Legacy
Celebrity chef Patrick Stark’s Mohawk Militia (a charity that provides non-GMO food and recipes to underprivileged families) are raising money for their cause with this charity dinner. Your $75 gets you six chef-prepared courses, drink specials and a chef-led band. — CG

Casey Donahew at Billy Bob’s
The Burleson-raised Donahew has been a Texas bar rock staple for going on 13 years now. Even though his band has since become bigger players in the national country scene in recent years, they’ll still drop a song or two about the Fort Worth Stockyards on you. For that matter, you’re likely to hear a countrified version of a classic hip-hop song or two at this one, as well. — CG

Hammerfall, Delain at Trees
The Dutch and Swedish metal bands coheadline this tour. Millennial Reign and Exalt the Throne open. — CG

Jazz Cartier at Cambridge Room
Last month, the Toronto-based JMBLYA vet ensured his star will continue to be on the rise, inking a major label deal with Captiol. — CG

Junior Brown at Granada Theater
There’s a reason the funny Austin guitar slinger will play this venue so many times this year – his twangy songs and prowess on the guit-steel (a six-string and straight steel hybrid of his own invention) remains in high demand year in and year out. — CG

King Lil G at Gas Monkey Live
The Mexican-American rapper looks the part of your typical gangster on the street; facial tattoos, sagging pants or the AK-47’s adorning his clothes. But, in spite of his looks, his music is meant to inspire impoverished youth to strive for success. All of this comes together on stage for a pit stop in his tour across the country. — Sidney Johnson

Mono at Dada
Mono is a Japanese instrumental act that has been described as “emotionally splendid.” The band’s stage presence is just as compelling as their music. Experience this outfit in all its emotional splendor tonight at Dada. — Diamond Victoria

The Besnard Lakes at Three Links
The Montreal psych poppers are on the road supporting a new 12-inch, featuring a couple cuts that didn’t make last year’s A Coliseum Complex Museum LP. They hit links with Kansas City indie rockers, who are finishing up a new album of their own. — CG

KNON Music Fest, Barbecue and Crawfish Cook Out at Texas Musicians Museum
Bum Lucky, Andrew Jr Boy Jones Band, The Relatives, the KNON All-Star Band and Los Kombres provide the music portion of this food and music fest. — CG

Cool Out at Off the Record (Free)
As far as great Dallas parties go, there are only a handful that can really even compare to Cool Out, Tony Schwa’s long-running disco bash, which straight dominated Mondays in the late ’00s from its home on the second floor of the venue then known as The Cavern. Since February, it’s made a comeback, now settling on every second Saturday of the month as its new regular slot. — Pete Freedman

Locked & Loaded: Laser Background, Honor System, Native Fox at Armoury, D.E. (Free)
Philly lo-fi act Laser Background heads up this free show. The stunning audio-visual work of Honor System and the Garland rock of Native Fox open. — CG

Truth in Comedy at Full City Rooster
Also known as TIC, three blood-sucking storytellers will tell intimate tales about their lives, then a fourth comic will do a stand-up set based on those stories. An interesting concept! — CG

Bun B at The Rail Club
The former UGK member is perhaps the most well-respected rapper to ever come from Texas, earning praise Jay-Z and the professors at Rice University (who’ve hosted his lectures) alike. — CG

UFC at American Airlines Center
If you want to see the ultimate in fighting championships, you’ll have to pay the ultimate price. Tickets to this promotion’s 211th pay-per-view are running from $75 in the nosebleeds, to the $600s to sit ringside. — CG

Dan’s Spring Market at Dan’s Silverleaf
Hit up the corner of Industrial and Hickory for bespoke goods, handicrafts, Mother’s Day gifts and – here’s the best part – Pam Food! — CG

Swiss Avenue Home Tour
A Mother’s Day tradition for 44 years and counting. Always a good bet if you still haven’t got your mom a present yet, too. Spending time with you, of course, is the greatest gift of all. — CG

Mimosa Run at Panther Island Pavilion
Fun runs are more funner with mimosas in hand. Actually, I don’t think you’re supposed to drink them until after you’re done – but you do you. — CG

Shaun Frank at Stereo Live
The Canadian DJ and recent Chainsmokers opening act drops in for a dance party he hopes incites a few selfies of his own. — CG

Halfway to Halloween at The Nines
Tonight we’re going to party like it’s October. We’re halfway to Halloween, so throw on half of a Halloween costume and dance to candy-coated cover bands like The Rich Girls, who’ll be adding in some Prince and MJ cuts into their usual Hall & Oates-filled rotation. — CG

Dollar Night at Lone Star Park
Admission to these horse races? Just a buck! Hot dogs? Just a buck! Sodas and/ or popcorn? Just a buck each! Beers? Not one, but two bucks! It’s a safe bet you’ll come home with some cash still left in your pockets for once. — CG

Sandwich Hag Coffee Pop-Up at Val’s Cheesecakes
Sandwich Hag is opening its brick-and-mortar banh mi spot this summer in The Cedars. Until then, it continues working in conjunction with Val’s to bring you these pop-up events. This one will focus on its popular Vietnamese coffees. — CG

Sunday

Bagel Run at Jewish Community Center Dallas
Keep it kosher with this Mother’s Day tradition — 31 years and counting! Just don’t leave your mom in the dust. — CG

Miles Chronicles at Granada Theater
Earlier this year, popular YouTuber AmandasChronicles semi-viral with a video where they came out as transgender and announced the decision to change their name to Miles, which was met with an outpouring of acceptance and love. The show is said to last 20-30 minutes, but Miles promises to individually meet and/or greet every person in attendance. — CG

Free Metal Pendant Workshop at Klyde Warren Park
Making your own jewelry won’t seem like such a daunting task after hitting this free workshop where you’ll learn how to hammer metal pendants to your heart’s desire. — CG

Superjoint at Trees
Before reuniting in 2015, and shortening its name more recently, hard-rocking supergroup Superjoint Ritual was broken up for the better part of a decade. Frontman Phil Anselmo and Co. are back, along with Battlecross, Child Bite, The Black Moriah and Protest open. — DV

Rittz at Curtain Club
If your only knowledge of Rittz heading into this show are his features on Yelawolf tracks, then this should be a nice introduction to his back catalog. His oeuvre is dope enough to set him apart as an emcee in his own right with the potential to make a bigger name for himself, sans even the Yelawolf cosign. All the same, Rittz is a member of Wolf’s crew, so any likeness in his sound can be explained through that. But where Yelawolf’s sound is more rap meets country and rock ‘n’ roll, Rittz’s sound is a little more intrinsically hip-hop in nature, with more influences from the Atlanta native’s hometown present throughout. — Porttia Portis

Fat Tire’s Tour de Fat Battle of the Bands at Three Links
Not one of those Gorilla Music events you/your friends’ band played in high school (provided they sold enough tickets in advance) the acts on this “battle of the bands” are well-established locals vying for a spot on next month’s Jamestown Revival show at The Bomb Factory. Venetian Sailors, Matthew McNeal and Mountain Natives are the contenders, and worthy ones at that. — CG

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our event directory.

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