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You know that thing where you go to a restaurant and order mac and cheese because it's your favorite food, and they tell you they're out of it, so then you tell them you'll just have the potatoes instead, then they tell you they're out of that too, and so you have to get irate and start cursing and breaking shit? Yeah, well that happened again recently to a guy in Pennsylvania.

It's a weird reaction but, hey, we get it: Sometimes you just really got a bad case of that blue box blues. It's kind of the same way we feel when we're super stoked on going to an event only to find out it's been sold out.

Instead of getting too pissed, though, we just consult the following list. You see, there's just too much going on this weekend to get all hung up on one thing. — Cory Graves

Bright Light Social Hour at Kessler Theater
For those that like their psychedelic southern rockers to also be somewhat politically-minded, check out Austin's Bright Light Social Hour. Several of the band's members were so inspired by watching Wendy Davis' filibuster firsthand that they rushed home and recorded an ode to the senator that same night. Actually, when we think about it, the seemingly unending nature of many-a-psych-rock guitar solo does kind of make it the filibuster of the music world, no? — CG

Jad Abumrad at Dallas City Performance Hall
All summer long the AT&T Performing Arts Center folks will be bringing in interesting speakers for its #thinkspeak series, which promises to be a little more interesting than simple standing-behind-a-podium lectures. Kicking off the series tonight is Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, whose “Gut Churn” presentation will feature the accompaniment of cellist Zoe Keating. — CG

Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Gas Monkey
We've seen more and more Latin-themed music events and festivals cropping up around town, which we think is definitely a good thing. Even cooler is the fact that we're seeing them go down at spots that don't necessarily cater to these types of shows traditionally. This one features Kinky, Compass (M.I.S. + Toy Selectah), CeCi Bastida, Motel< Mala Rodriguez, Enjambre, Ximena Sarinana and Maria del Pilar. -- CG

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set) at It'll Do Club
The Brooklyn-based DFA Records product has collaborated with everyone from Michael McDonald to Alan Palomo and James Murphy. More recently, the band released a new LP that's essentially just a collection of eight years worth of remixes they've done for other artists. To promote the thing the duo embarked on an all-vinyl DJ tour, which stops through East Dallas this evening. — CG

Ghoultown at Trees
For more than a decade, “Count Lyle” Blackburn has fronted the Dallas-based hellbilly outfit Ghoultown, releasing nine albums, writing the theme song for Elvira's Mistress of the Dark and embarking on several European tours in the process. These days, the self-proclaimed cryptozoological expert stays busy penning a regular column for Rue Morgue as well as books on Big Foot and other — mythical? — monsters. Tonight though he'll be all about the rock. Flametrick Subs, Freakouts and From Parts Unknown open. — CG

Dustin Diamond at Hyena's (Dallas)
Though in recent years he's proven to be the biggest scumbag of the Saved By The Bell cast members, part of us believes it's all partly a calculated effort to distance himself his dorky Screech persona. He may even be a decent standup comedian. We don't know. We couldn't be bothered to stop watching videos of the Bayside High glee club singing “Friends Forever” long enough to check into it. — CG

Hot Fuzz at Inwood Theatre
The second film in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy finds the duo smartly skewering the cop film genre. Or, as we like to think of it, Hot Fuzz is the blue original flavored Cornetto of the bunch, y'know, because of police. — CG

Mark Curry at Addison Improv
Cooper! Hangin' with my friend, he's oh so cool. Sometimes bad and he sometimes acts a fool. And sometimes he does stand-up comedy. Like this weekend, for instance, in Addison. — CG

Finesse Mitchell at Arlington Improv
You may know Finesse Mitchell from his days on Saturday Night Live or his appearances on numerous other TV shows including Comedy Central Presents…, the Today Show and BET's Comic View. Or perhaps, you've seen him on the big screen in Mad Money or another movie, or maybe you've even read his book Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much: A Brother's Take on Dating and Mating for Sistas. No matter where you do or don't know Mitchell from, there's no arguing he's a pretty accomplished guy. That said, we bet he'll finesse at least one laugh out of you if you see one of his upcoming performances at Arlington Improv this weekend. — Carly Seitz

iill, Teen Slut, Filth at Texas Theatre
Why did dinner and a movie get to become the default go-to date night option? How about a rock show and a movie? Give 'er a whirl tonight at the Texas Theatre, where iill, Teen Slut, and Filth will each perform following screenings of an H.R. Giger documentary and 1979's Alien. — CG

Fork and Cork at Addison Circle Park
Once again, the food and music festival formerly known as A Taste of Addison makes its annual return. Opening day festivities include a demonstration from Iron Chef Cat Cora, Whiskey classes, beer and wine seminars, lessons on throwing a house party from Eddie “Lucky” Campbell and live music from Rainey Qualley and the Dallas String Quartet. Rest assured gourmet samples will abound. — CG

Quaker City Night Hawks at Three Links
In the past few years, dozens of bands have popped up around the region to proffer a sound that blends Texas blues with country undertones and then tosses in a hearty dose of distorted electric guitars. But few in the genre stand out like Fort Worth's Quaker City Night Hawks — something that is especially true of live settings, where the band truly, truly shines. It's also the only place you'll hear cuts off the band's recently wrapped third full-length before its official release. Rise & Shine and Natural Anthem open. — CG

Foster the People at WinStar World Casino
Despite the fact that Foster the People's biggest hit takes on the subject of school shootings from the disgruntled bully's point of view, that didn't stop “Pumped Up Kicks” from becoming the biggest song of 2012. Seems you can sell just about anything these days if you put a catchy enough beat behind it. — CG

Wildflower! Music and Arts Festival at Galatyn Park
Highlights from the three-day fest's first night includes performances from Pat Benatar, The Smithereens, Blue October and Minus the Bear. — CG

Dave Matthews Band at Gexa Energy Paviloin
The fact that this show takes place after SMU has already let out for the summer is a crime. Boy, are those visor-wearers going to be pissed when they find out Dave Matthews was in town over summer break, playing not one but two sets at this one. — Stephen Young

Mat Kearney at House of Blues
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is known for creating safe, feel-good pop songs. Or, as critic Jono Davies put it, this show is ideal people looking for “positive, happy, melodic, modern mainstream music.” — CG

Band of Heathens at Granada Theater
At first glance, you really wouldn't give this one a second look. On paper and on record, the Band of Heathens appear so boring, if competent, that seeing them live doesn't seem like a pressing need. Thing is this group is quite good in person. On stage, this group morphs into something more closely resembling a jam band. If you like that sort of thing but are so over Widespread, this one might be worth checking out. — SY

til Midnight at the Nasher at Nasher Sculpture Center
Since the summer night's aren't so bad lately, why don't you head on over to the Nasher Museum and catch some live music, and a movie outdoors, picnic-style? This months, performers will be Dallas' own Fox and the Bird and the film will be the 1991 version of Into the Woods. As always the Nasher's 'til Midnight events are free, so there's that. — Ashley Gongora

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art
Like art but can't be bothered to put on pants before 5 p.m.? Never fear! That's what Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art are for! While not standing in front of a painting practicing your “Fascinating!” facial expression, jam out to Black Rocker, a performance installation New York artist Kevin Beasley is putting on in conjunction with SOLUNA. — Chelsea Upton

Crizzly at Lizard Lounge
Is it just us, or does Crizzly always seem to bring the bad weather with him? Back in 2013, the DJ was scheduled to perform at the Lizard Lounge when #icemageddon hit. This time around, he'll try to flood the Trinity. Fellow spin doctors Antiserum and LAXX, Titan Teezy, Ab Floyd and Bboy Morris will be there, too. — CG

Late Night Pop Up Bar at DEC on Dragon
For one night only, the hottest new bar in town will be this late night pop at 1414 Dragon St. And then, just like that, it'll be gone. Easy come, easy go I guess. — CG

Ladytown at Dallas Comedy House
About a year ago, Maribeth Monroe (aka Alice from Workaholics) started up an all-female improv troupe called Ladytown. They'll be in town this Friday and Saturday night, performing at the grand opening of Dallas Comedy House's new, bigger location at 3025 Main Street. You gotta. — CG

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean at AT&T Stadium
After watching this week's season finale of Nashville, which saw rising, closeted country star Will Lexington come bursting out of the closet, we couldn't help but start to wonder if some shreds of Lexington's character weren't based on notoriously fraudulent star Kenny Chesney. The owner of the game's sexiest tractor was once asked about his sexuality in Playboy, to which he responded something to the effect of, “No way, I love chicks man, I sexed like over 100 of them, and that was like ten years ago before I stopped counting…” Bro country megastar Jason Aldean joins him for this douchefest. — CG

DMD Fest at Trinity Groves
I guess Trinity Groves is now a music festival incubator now, too? In any case, after Dallas' music district (read: the area over by the Trinity River) flooded, that's where the Dallas Music District Fest chose to relocate. The fest will go on rain or shine, and Saturday's lineup includes performances from Jonathan Tyler, LEV, Exit 380 and Jessie Frye among others. — CG

Speedy Ortiz at Dada
Two albums into its young existence, Boston area indie rock act Speedy Ortiz is so hot right now. Led by the fuzzy, slighty offkilter guitar heroics of Sadie Dupuis, the band's drawn frequent comparison to '90s acts like Pavement, Sonic Youth and Archers of Loaf — so much so, in fact, they've toured with the likes of The Jicks, Chelsea Light Moving and The Breeders. — CG

Vaden Todd Lewis at Shipping & Receiving Bar
When he isn't doing it big with the Toadies, frontman Vaden Todd Lewis likes to switch it up a bit. To that end, he'll play solo acoustic versions of Toadies and Burden Brothers jams. Joining him will be Telegraph Canyon frontman Chris Johnson, who'll perform unplugged songs from his catalog as well. — Porttia Portis

Strut Your Mutt at Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Get ready for plenty of “Who's walking who?” cracks at this pets-and-owners 5K. Money raised at the event will go towards ending animal cruelty. — CG

Kevin Griffin at House of Blues
We hear the Better Than Ezra frontman is good at mimicking other famous rock singers at his solo concerts, uh-huh. We imagine he'll whip out a few of the band's big grunge lite hits at this one, too. — CG

Abram Shook at Sons of Hermann Hall
At this one, Shearwater's touring organist flies solo, playing a batch of material Vice once called “pleasant as fuck.” Def Rain and Ethereal and the Queer Show open this delightfully quirky lineup. — CG

Grand Opening at Random Art Gallery
Tonight RA+G celebrates its grand opening with music by Redsean, food trucks and lots of artstuffs. — CG

Panther City Prom at Lola's
It's like prom, except all the punch here comes pre-spiked. Oh, and instead of some dorky rent-a-DJ, the music at this dance will be all manner of cover bands, from a Foo Fighters tribute, to '80s and '90s cover acts and a band of girls that does boy songs. Put on your fancy dress and maybe walk away with a crown. — CG

Fork and Cork at Addison Circle Park
Day Two of this year's food and music fest features a mixology championship, all manner of cooking demonstrations, coffee, wine and beer seminars, tailgating lessons and a performance from the Gin Blossoms. — CG

Danny Tenaglia at It'll Do Club
The New York-based house/futurism DJ has been spinning records at clubs for over 30 years now, though he doesn't do so as much these days. He comes out of party retirement tonight. — CG

Wildflower! Music and Arts Festival at Galatyn Park
Highlights from night two of the fest include Everclear, Fuel, Tonic, Leon Russell, .38 Special, Kansas and The Sideshow Tragedy. — CG

Shy Girls at Three Links
Portland's Shy Girls isn't actually girls at all. Rather, it's the monicker for Weeknd-biting one-man minimalist soul pop man Dan Vidmar. P. Morris and Rat Rios open. — CG

“Déjà vu” (Opening Reception) at Galleri Urbane
Artists Gail Peter Borden, Andrea Marie Breiling, Jessica Drenk, Rachel Hellmann, Dylan Cale Jones, Samantha McCurdy, Irby Pace and Jason Willaford will each be represented at this new exhibition, which opens tonight and runs through June 20. — CG

The Contortionist at Trees
Indianapolis prog metal outfit, The Contortionist, hits town in support of its third full-length with its fourth lead singer. Chon, Auras and In Search of Sight open. — CG

Bob Schneider at Billy Bob's
Long a mainstay in the Austin's music scene Schneider genre-bending ways to Fort Worth this weekend. You should check him out. He's known for being a great performer. And for once dating Sandra Bullock. — H. Drew Blackburn

Killah Priest, Gensu Dean at Hailey's Club
Though not a Clansman proper, Killah Priest was once signed to Wu-Tang Records, and appeared on ODB and GZA's solo records. Tonight he'll do his thing at Denton's go-to hip-hop spot along with Dallas-tied producer Gensu Dean and a whole slew of special guests. — CG

Mannequins With Kill Appeal, Year of the Bear, The Cush at Crown and Harp
Ain't nothing wrong with a solid little all-local bill. — CG

Oral Fixation: “Destination America” at Horchow Auditorium
In conjuction with SOLUNA and the DMA's Arts & Letters Live series, this special edition of Dallas' favorite storytelling series will feature true life tales from Dallasites who immigrated to the city from other countries. — CG

DMD Fest at Trinity Groves
Bands performing on day two of the fest include Ishi, Chingalotus, Donald Cummings, Nite, MOTHXR, Leopold & His Fiction, Somebody's Darling, Gollay and Arcattack, a band that makes music with giant Tesla coils. — CG

Griffin House at Kessler Theater
He's opened for John Mellencamp and had members of The Heartbreakers play on his records, meaning? There'd be a whole lot of white people lining up to see Griffin House's show tonight if it weren't in the hood. We kid. — CG

Brew Riot Homebrew Competition at Bishop Arts District
For $25 you can rub elbows with 50 home brewers, sample their hyper crafty beers and cast a vote for which is best. Unfortunately, you've got to be a member of the Texas Homebrew Society to attend this one, but that can be easily attained here. — CG

St. Vincent with the DSO at Winspear Opera House (Sold Out)
he Dallas arts scene is currently enjoying the still-early stages of the inaugural SOLUNA Music and Arts Festival, a three-week long smorgasbord of coordinated orchestral performances, lectures, visual art exhibitions, dance displays and theater showcases, with each category featuring internationally renowned guests. One of the fest's biggest anchor performances is the sold-out collaborative work between St. Vincent and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that takes place this Sunday at the Winspear Opera House. (It's been moved inside from Strauss Square because of weather concerns.) And, even for an artist that's previously collaborated with interesting musicians such as David Byrne, this performance with the DSO should prove to be one of the coolest single performances St. Vincent's ever participated in. — CG

Wildflower! Music and Arts Festival at Galatyn Park
Highlights from night three of the fest include Wynonna Judd, Joe Ely, Gary P. Nunn, Max Stalling, Romp Almighty and a ton of cover bands. — CG

Pinata Protest, FEA at Three Links
San Antonio Tejano/thrash-punk hybrid Pinata Protest is as encapsulating aurally as it is visually. Ever seen a crowd slam dance in front of a guy playing the accordion? You more than likely will see just that at this one. Girl in a Coma offshoot Fea opens, along with The Copper Gamins. — CG

An Evening With Justin Townes Earle at Dan's Silverleaf
Six albums into his career, Justin's no longer known primarily as Steve Earle's kid. Like his pops, though, he's helped bring back some much-needed credibility to the world of Americana music. Or as Noisey once put it: “[Earle] continues down his career path of showing the world that alt-country can be pretty dope.” — CG

Fast Times at Ridgemont High & The Breakfast Club Double Feature at Granada Theater
Hey, hey, hey, hey! Oh, Breakfast Club, how could we ever forget about you John Hughes' tale of teen angst and destiny during a Saturday detention session is a classic only made more bitchin' when you see it on the big screen. So go — and with your fists raised high in the air. It doesn't matter if your'e the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess or the criminal. Actually, if you're a criminal, you're probably not welcome. But the rest of you are fine. It screens as part of this high school flicks double feature. — James Wallace

Juicy J at House of Blues
Juicy J's not the type of artist who needs much of an introduction. He's just Juicy J, member of the famed Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, Oscar winner, producer and, now, solo artist. Well, OK, he's mostly just technically a solo artist. Since branching out on his own a couple years back, it's not really like Juicy has been working by his lonesome. Quite the opposite, actually. Over the course of the last two years, he's worked with some of the biggest names in the game — Wiz Khalifa (who signed Juicy to his Taylor Gang imprint), Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz, Future, Mac Miller and B.o.B., just to name a few. And, really, why wouldn't these young artists want to work with Juicy? He's created a lasting reputation and brand for staying trippy (read: partying hard and staying high through a mix of high grade marijuana, the popular syrup and just about any other drug in the rap lexicon). — Mikel Galicia

Ritz at Trees
Get nasty with Tech N9ne protege Rittz. Or with openers Crooked I, Horse Shoe Gang, Ronnie Blaze, RVDPVCK and Lil Bang. But, mostly, with Rittz. — Chase Whale

Uptown Ciclovia at Klyde Warren Park
Uptown Ciclovia, is a one-day event that draws inspiration from the Ciclovias of other cities such as Austin and Los Angeles, and brings the community together to create a segment of town completely closed down to motorized vehicles. The idea? To bring to the forefront such issues as pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as city-wide health. Hey, it's a start. — Scott Mitchell

Mad Men Series Finale Watch Party at Sundown (Free)
There's probably lots of places to catch the last-ever episode of AMC's Mad Men this Sunday. We're guessing few of those are also offering up half-price vodka cocktails. It's a good thing, because playing the Mad Men drinking game (y'know, the one where you drink when the characters drink?) can get expensive if you play it at a bar. — CG

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