Get Your Game On.

It's the weekend, everyone!

One nice little way to kick it off is with a fun little game called “Who said it: Donald Trump or Frank Reynolds?” It's not as easy as it sounds! As ridiculous as Danny DeVito's character from
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is, would-be president Donald Trump is just as bat-shit insane.

Unfortunately, that'll only take up a few minutes of your weekend.

From there, two days and three nights of fun lay ahead, and North Texas is your proverbial oyster. As you might suspect by now, we've got a few ideas on what you should do the rest of the weekend. — Cory Graves

Wildhoney at Sons of Hermann Hall
With it's first-ever full-length in hand, Baltimore indie outfit, Wildhoney is already taking the world by storm with its short, hazy take on pop, which has already caught the attention of punk label Deranged Records. By all means, the quintet's sound is entirely infectious, as it only takes one to feel a long lost void, previously not felt. Denton's Dripping Wet and No Touching and Fort Worth's Bummer Vacation open. — Evan Henry

Stephen Stills at Majestic Theatre
You know Stephen Stills as the second name in Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as his integral work in Buffalo Springfield, but his solo career is where he really thrives. His bluesy brand of folk earned him a spot on the stage at every important folk music festival in the '60s, recognition as one of the all time great guitar players. Rightfully, the Dallas-born legend still fills theaters on the reg. — Diamond Victoria

Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire at Gexa Energy Pavilion
How cool would be if they played “Saturday In The Park” at this one? Pretty cool right. It'd be even cooler if they changed it to “Friday kin Fair Park” instead. In any case, Chicago celebrates 36 years as a band at this Gexa Energy Pavilion stop. Fellow legends Earth, Wind & Fire shares this stacked bill. Both of these acts has too many hits to count. — EH

Royce da 5'9″ at The Live Oak
Once popular in the Detroit rap game, the rapping half of PRhyme is back spitting out rhymes like he had nearly two decades ago, only to smaller audiences. The one-time Eminem collaborator is in town, but for a limited time only, so catch him while Mr. 5'9″ is still sorta warm, at the smoke-free Live Oak in Ft. Worth. — EH

Chappo at Dada
Last time Chappo was in town, the Brooklyn-sprung outfit mined a psychedlic soundscape, turning Three Links into an all-out dance party with its exotic offerings. The band kept its energy high and its vibe loose, as frontman and band namesake, Alex Chappo, constantly interacted with his crowd. It was a powerful display, to be frank, as Chappo hopped into the crowd and threw confetti into the air, and one which he'll hopefully replicate in this slightly larger room. Catamaran and Fort Lean open. — Lauren Rushing

Hotter Than Hell Burlesque at Kessler Theater
Burlesque is, like, the Cadillac of strip tease. Beautiful women in less than modest costumes and, of course, tassels. What's not to like? Go sneak some glances at The Kessler, as Montreal-based hottie Scarlet James, and Seattle's Iva Handfull stars in the fifth annual Hotter Than Hell Burlesque throwdown. — DV

Dallas Gaming Expo at Crowne Plaza Hotel
The weekend-long Dallas Gaming Expo has your favorite classic arcade games, console games, cosplay, live music, even a meet and greet with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca!) this weekend. If you've ever wanted to experience Mario Kart's Rainbow Road on the big screen, this is your chance. Or maybe PacMan is more your style. Either way, this expo looks like a ton of fun. — DV

Reverend Horton Heat at Bar Louie's (Fort Worth)
The penultimate of Good Records' Live at Louie's shows features none other than psychobilly forebearers the Reverend Horton Heat. Like each show in the series, admission is free and space is limited. It'll be a rave up for sure. — CG

Three Amigos at Inwood Theatre
Back in the glory days of comedy, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short brought us Three Amigos. Three out of work actors find themselves in a Mexican village. Under the impression that they are there to replay their old roles as gunslingers, they soon find that its the real deal. And if you can stay up to midnight to catch it, you might also figure out where one local band got its name. — DV

Shawn Wayans at Addison Improv
Shawn Wayans, best known for his guest appearance in MacGyver back in 1991 as Robo, is playing a gig at Addison Improv this weekend. OK, maybe that wasn't his most iconic role. But it was still pretty awesome. You'll know him best from the '90s Wayans Bros , In Living Color and White Chicks . — DV

Garden Gigs at Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum is hosting its first annual Garden Gigs. It's a chance to experience some live music from local artists Salim Nourallah, Sudie, John Lefler & Camille Cortinas and Kaela Sinclair. Grab dinner from one of many local food trucks stationed in the garden. — DV

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence at Texas Theatre
Swedish director Roy Andersson has created a little masterpiece around the idea of “being a human being” called A Pigeon Sat on a Branch and Reflected on Existence . It's not your conventional style film, its completely original and fresh with its dry humor and exposure of real life. It celebrates life's little moments that often go unnoticed or forgotten but really play a huge impact on happiness and well-being. — DV

Silverado at Granada Theater
There weren't too many traditional western films coming out back in the '80s. That was a decade that seemed to consist mostly of comedies and sort of set the standard for rom-coms. But, Silverado managed to ease its way in, and movie goers were probably pretty excited. With a lineup including Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline and Jeff Goldblum, its no wonder it did pretty well at the box office. A group of misfits are determined to straighten out a town filled with injustice. See it on the big screen tonight at Granada for $3 bucks. — DV

Rufus du Sol at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Thanks to Chaka Khan's old backing outfit, Sydney indie-dance outfit RÜFÜS, has to change its name when it tours stateside. The band's latest album was No. 1 in Australia for a time, though they're still trying to catch on in the U.S. — CG

RAW Dallas at Gas Monkey Live
Building from their exploration of creativity, RAW Dallas offers a glimpse of the area's future with other 40-plus local artists making waves in the metro. From advances in communication, to visual art, RAW has access to it all. You too can have access to such for $15 to $20 a pop. Gather and organize your friends and explore. — EH

Dale Watson at Longhorn Saloon
Austin-based alt-country musician has long been a mainstay in the genre thanks to his healthy catalog of mostly truckdriving songs. He owns a few bars now, too, and was one of the original proponents of chicken shit bingo, for whatever that's worth. There won't be any animal excrement at this show, though Watson will be celebrating the release of his latest album. — CG

Lee DeWyze at The Prophet Bar
You've heard Lee DeWyze's “Blackbird Song” in AMC's The Walking Dead . He's also the ninth winner of American Idol . He says his influences are Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Ben Harper and Eric Clapton. Not too shabby. — DV

One by One DFW at ATAMA
Featuring the instant mobile phone-taken images of over 100 area photographers is “One By One,” a weekend-long display of the work, printed for all to see. This particular event, presented by ATAMA and InstaDFW is said to share the fun as collective group. The party continues through Sunday, with a closing reception that includes free dessert. So for once, it's hip to be square in 2015. — EH

QuakeCon 2015 at Hilton Anatole
Today through Sunday morning, though, you can watch thousands of gamers from around the world mutter obscenities under their breath as they show off just how good they are at killing each other in video games. What's more attendees at this year's QuakeCon will get an exclusive look at Fallout 4. Oh, and it's free attend too. The schedule for all three days can be found here. — Chris Escarfullery

Miguel at South Side Ballroom
Even with the huge critical and commercial success of his first two albums, Miguel's producers said the singer sounds even more confident, showing off his “wild, funny, edgy” and “women-loving” aspects of his personality. Not that there's anything wrong with that. — CG

Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth at House of Blues
Admit it; after a Facebook event bearing the name “Bring Smash Mouth To Deep Ellum” began gracing your feed months ago, you've been ecstatic at the idea of hearing “All Star.” Instead of DE, you'll have to settle for the band playing over in the West End along with '90s pals Toad the Wet Sprocket. In either scenario, the band's shows remain Bring Your Own Bread. — EH

The Family Crest at Three Links
With seven consistent members and hundreds more sprawled throughout the globe, San Francisco's The Family Crest blend orchestration with rock music. Such effort have seen the band appear on NPR's popular Tiny Desk Concerts series. See them live in the minimal-capacity Deep Ellum punk club. — EH

Reunion Lawn Party at Reunion Tower
The Reunion Tower's monthly Lawn Party series goes down every last Saturday of the month throughout the summer. They've got food trucks, local brewers and lots of lawn games. There will also got live music by Prophets and Outlaws and Aaron Stephens. It all goes down at the base of the dick tower. — DV

Totally '80s Night at Granada Theater
Though the minds behind Coachella have managed to reunite Outkast, At the Drive-In, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, and Jesus and Mary Chain in recent years, there's not a chance in hell they'll ever repeat the feat by scoring the oft-rumored reunion of The Smiths. That said, this set from local tribute act Panic might be the closest you'll get to ever seeing Morrissey and Johnny Marr play together again. Oh well. As a consolation you'll also get to see the fake Cure, and that's, well, something. — CG

Pale DÄ«an at Double Wide
No matter what happens moving forward, we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for Blackstone Rangers. For one thing, the distorto-pop trio's debut EP was one of the first reviews we wrote for this site. But, from there, we've frequently returned to the band, interviewing them about their tour vehicle, catching them play Sound Select shows, and pestering them to tell us the story about how one of their dads played an integral role in the birth of arena rock. Also, the band's members are usually game for after-show shots at the nearest bar, too. So that's cool. But big changes lay ahead for the band, which recently changed its name to Pale DÄ«an. After playing its first show under the new moniker this weekend at Double Wide, two-thirds of the band's current lineup will relocate to Austin. Oh, and there's also that long-awaited debut LP that'll earn its release in the coming months. For more info on this one, check out our interview with the band here. — CG

Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Fest at Majestic Theatre
The Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest at Majestic Theatre this weekend is almost like your chance to experience Honey in real life. They've even got some classes if you have no idea what you're doing. Or just get inspired when the region's best take the stage. — DV

WizardVizion #Summerthon at Shipping & Receiving
The fine folks at WizardVizion have thought of a clever way to brace the scuzzy summer that is July's messy not-so sweater weather; yes, what better way to bring mini pools, booze and plenty of bands — including Son of Stan, Bummer Vacation, Blue, The Misfit, Sam Lao, -topic, Squanto, Duell and Pearl Earl — to make it a party the purveyors call #Summerthon. So get your adult pool party hat on and hope you win one of those speedo or bikini contests they have going on. — EH

Siberian Traps, The Cush at The Foundry (Free)
A Pair of Fort Worth outfits — Psychedelic indie-space rock band The Cush and “spirit rockers” Siberian Traps play a free show at Dallas' “best adult playground.” They have beer and chicken, but you'll have to bring your own swing set, though. — DV

Master Pancake at Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse''s Master Pancake series is probably one of the funniest things you'll experience. Take a movie that's equal parts entertaining and easy to make fun of, throw a couple of funny guys in the audience with no filter and a microphone, and you get Master Pancake! Usually they have a movie planned ahead of time, but tonight you choose the pancake! The audience gets to vote on which film will be mocked, so bring some DVDs to enter into the equation and enjoy. — DV

DAMN V at Green Elephant
In it's now-fifth installment, Dallas Ambient Music Nights continues, this time with an experimental Austin lineup from Botany, Smokey Emery, User and Silent Land Time Machine. Not sure about anyone else, but this blend of sound and visual stimulation should be one for the books. Locals Cygnus and Jack Dover open. — EH

“Ice Cream Paint Job Art Show” at The Basement Gallery
Yeah buddy. Roll in like a big shot and get inspired by our favorite summer fling: ice cream! The Basement Gallery is having their 3rd Annual Ice Cream Paint Job art show tonight. Check out some cooler than cool drawings, sculptures, mixed media and paintings from local artists that pay tribute to the icy treat we love so much. Plus, real ice cream to enjoy! — DV

Suicide Bunny's Vape Party on a Cloud at The Bomb Factory
Already in its short history, The Bomb Factory has played host to several killer concerts and other events, even coming to the rescue when this year's Homegrown Festival was threatened by storms. Needless to say, the venue's fast become a huge player in Deep Ellum — a cornerstone of the neighborhood, if you will. But can any of those early affairs be considered the venue's quote-unquote signature event? Have any of them truly fulfilled the venue's purpose? Have the joint's owners looked at each other at the end of the night, exchanging a knowing nod that this is the reason they dumped so much money into this place, that this made it all worthwhile? Tough to say. But we do know this: That moment will almost certainly come to pass on Saturday, July 25, when The Bomb Factory plays host to Suicide Bunny's Vape Party Dallas. According to organizers, it's celebration and joint creation of “vape clouds as big and vast as the universe, with a competition so epic that only The Bomb Factory could contain it.” I wonder who the real winners are here. — CG

Shwayze at Trees
Shwayze is bringing the California sunshine with him tonight to Trees. With his own independent label, Billboard Top 20 hits like “Buzzin” and “Corona and Lime” and even his own reality show, all of which will make you feel so 2006. Shwayze definitely found himself a following. His describes his music as rap/indie/feel good. So go see what the fuss is all about! — Diamond Victoria

Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa at Gexa Energy Pavilion
With a stop a Gexa last fall being just one of Wiz Khalifa's stops in town last year, it's safe to assume he could probably headline this Boyz of Zummer show alone. Hell, same could be said for Fall Out Boy, too, which played the venue back in August. Opener, Hoodie Allen, is no slouch himself, selling out plenty big venues in town on his own. Needless to say, it should be a rather crowded affair. — CG

Stolas at Sons of Hermann Hall
Stolas is a band that brings together progressive elements and post-hardcore sounds. Influences include The Beatles, Mars Volta and Radiohead. Catch the act tonight at Sons of Hermann Hall where it'll be playing songs from its latest album, Allomaternal , an album that remembers the importance of significant lyrics as well as catchy melodies. — DV

Wade Bowen at Billy Bob's
Wade Bowen recorded his second album live at Billy Bob's, so it's no surprise he's revisiting the world's largest honky tonk this weekend. Check out this little country darling sing some songs from his latest album Hold My Beer Vol. 1DV

Christmas in July at SkyHouse Dallas
The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, like the youth do, think that Christmas should come more than just once year. Getting their wish, you and all your friends can deck the halls even earlier at SkyHouse Dallas. Toys will be gathered to support Toys for Tots and a portion of the proceeds benefit Jonathan's Place and The Warren Center, so wear your festive attire for this for this holiday occasion. — EH

Vincent Neil Emerson (Album Release) at The Chat Room
As it turns out, 7 come 11 wasn't so lucky for VNE after all, as the Fort Worth musician fell too ill to perform at his last attempt at an album release show. Even better? Denver Williams and Chucho open. — CG

“Euphoria” (Opening Reception) at Random Art Gallery
Tonight is the opening reception of Toni Martin's “Euphoria” at Random Art Gallery. Martin is known for using unconventional ways to get her ideas across with art. With mediums like ink, acrylic and pigmented dust placed on wood panels, she says its a spiritual experience. A portion of the proceeds of the reception will benefit Alley's House, a rehabilitation community for teenage mothers making their way into adulthood. The exhibit will be up until August 28. — DV

Greyscale, Flesh Born, Clear Acid at Macaroni Island
This weekend, Denton house venue Macaroni Island continues to countdown the final months in its current location with a show featuring Memphis math rockers Greyscale along with Denton's Flesh Born and Clear Acid. As usual, don't be a dick, respect the house rules and all that, and do bring some cash for the touring bands. — CG

Alejandra Guzman at Verizon Theatre
Exclaimed as one of Mexico's “most energetic, daring, talented and controversial rock singers,” Alejandra Guzman takes her 26 years of chart-topping to Verizon Theater for one night only. Despite not having released new material in almost two years, only the truest of fans should no problem grooving right along to the many hits in Guzman's catalog. — EH

Christmas in July at Bishop Arts District
With all this Texas heat, who wouldn't want to skip ahead to December where the possibility of ice cold flakes of snow quenching our thirst for cool air isn't impossible? It's time for Christmas in July. Businesses are having sales and speciality drinks and eats for the holiday season. Cool off tonight in the Bishop Arts district. — DV

Svetlanas at Three Links
The punk band Svetlanas' come from Russia with hate; its website has only “the most dangerous band in the world” under the Biography tab. That's probably true, too. The band was exiled from its homeland, Russia, and its music cannot be played there due to the band's anti-government stance. But that hasn't stopped the band from charming the rest of the free world. — DV

KMFDM at Gas Monkey Live
Initially started as a performance art piece, Sascha Konietzko's KMFDM has since evolved into the German industrial act his fans have grown to love since in 1984. Celebrating three decades as a band, KMFDM has come to Texas in search of energy once lost in the aging process. Chant and locals Bit Rot open. — EH

The Rich Hands, Loafers at Double Wide
Get a taste of whats hot in San Antonio as newly established garage rock label, Yippee Ki Yay Records is taking some of its bands on their first-ever caravan tour. Heading the event are Burger Records stars The Rich Hands, whose blend power-pop and garage sooth the soul in way thought unimaginable. The Bolos, Oblio's and Waco's Loafers also perform on this badass bill. — EH

Donut Beer Brunch at LUCK
If you like libations with your dessert, LUCK is doing another beer flight and sweets pairing, this time with donuts courtesy of Glazed Donut Works. Four flavors of donuts will be paired with four different brews from Peticolas and others. Supplies are limited — they sold out of donuts in less than 30 minutes last time they did this — so get them while they last. — Porttia Portis

Flight of the Navigator at Alamo Drafthouse
Carrie Bradshaw wasn't always a journalist in New York City. She used to keep a little time traveling boy company in the 1986 sci-fi flick Flight of the Navigator . Well, OK, it was Sarah Jessica Parker. And, it wasn't exactly time travel, more alien abduction-y time travel — y'know, the kind that makes you totally miss out on things like Twisted Sister. But, you get the point. Revisit the old classic tonight at Alamo Drafthouse. — DV

Swapping Block at Three Links
Dallas is a city that prides itself on the sounds and that acts that it's pushed off and out into the world — artists such as Erykah Badu, Gibby Haynes and Bobby Patterson, just to name a few that hail from our fair city. But where did these acts get their influence from? The age of music now comes from digging through music past — and, this weekend Dallasites will be treated to one of its best chances to do just that as some well-known DJs and cratedigging enthusiasts thumb through each other's collections at this vinyl swap meet. — Brian Knowles

Peter White at Granada Theater
English native Peter White is a jazz musician known for his classic guitar playing. He's been around for a while, having opened up for acts like Billy Joel and Queen back in the '70s. His sound is unique but not lost on many. See him live tonight at Granada Theater. — DV

Chain & the Gang at Dada
Exclaimed as the “bi-coastal outlaw noise ensemble,” Ian Svenonius' Chain and the Gang take to Dallas, perhaps for the first time and with them comes something called “crime wave”, a genre present in 2014's Minimum Rock N Roll and albums past. By experience, The Gang's releases are ones raw in form and full of heart. So spend a night with the modern DC punks. — EH

Moullinex at Cambridge Room
The Portugal-raised, now Munich-based producer, Moullinex incorporates a mix of acoustic and electronic instruments into his live offerings. Cut Copy's Ben Browning also performs a solo set at this one. — CG

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