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Holy crud, what a weekend for local music we have in front of us.

You’ve got a bunch of long-defunct acts like Lift to Experience reuniting to play Rubber Gloves’ last weekend in business.

You’ve got heavy hitters like Quaker City Night Hawks, Daniel Markham, Charley Crockett and Leoncarlo playing release shows for their brand new albums.

You’ve got a bunch of locals playing at KXT’s Summer Cut festival.

Oh, and Joonbug and -topic are throwing their third annual Cake Jam.

That’s a lot! And it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Keep on reading. There’s just so much going on this weekend, local music-related or otherwise. — Cory Graves

Fan Expo at Dallas Convention Center
Boldly travel where no nerd has gone before — outside. Zing! Meet your favorite sci-fi celebs at this three day extravaganza, including Star Trek alumni William Shatner, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols, along with Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, John and Joan Cusak, King Joffrey, C-3PO, Chewbacca, plus a whole bunch of Doctor Who notables. Just try to keep the freakouts to a minimum. — Calvin Cashen

Refused at Trees
Refused got a bone to pick with capitalism, and a few bones to break. Yours included. Catch them at Tress along with The Coathangers and Plunge. — CC

Slobberbone at Rubber Gloves
Gloves’ final weekend is nigh upon us. Longtime bartender Brent Best and his Slobberbone bandmates kickoff the club’s last three-day weekend hurrah. The Marked Men, Baptist Generals, Akkolyte, Terminator 2, Orcanaut and many more join in on the fun. — CG

Bulladora Presents: Daft Punk Unchained at Reverchon Park
Bulladora presents the first-ever U.S. screening of Daft Punk Unchained this Friday, before kicking off its new two-day music festival on these same grounds.. Bring a blanket! May or may not include hot air balloon rides. — CC
*UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

Aries Spears at Addison Improv
Though Spears is best known for his television work as part of Showtime series The Underground, impersonating Jay Z and holding the title of MADtv‘s second-longest tenured cast member, the comedian is no stranger to the stand-up game either. In fact, the 41-year-old Chicago native started receiving his first paying stand-up gigs when he was just 14. — CG

Half-Price Books Clearance Sale at Arlington Convention Center
In short: everything on sale here is $2 or less, including some free stuff they’re just trying to get rid of. — CC

Tokyo Godfathers at Inwood Theatre
Satoshi Kon’s anime classic Tokyo Godfathers plays for two straight nights at Inwood Theater, in Japanese with English subtitles. — CC

Over the Rhine at Granada Theater
There have been many husband and wife duos in the history of music. Johnny Cash and June Carter, Mates of State, Captain and Tenille are just a few. One of the best, however, is Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. The duo’s music is sultry and smokey, kind of like a dark speakeasy. Their brand of folk music borders jazz and country and is carried on the wings of Karin Bergquist’s feathery voice. Jacob Furr opens. — Roberto Aguilar

Tiger Army at Gas Monkey Live
Tiger Army brings its fast and loud rockabilly fusion to Gas Monkey this Friday. The Bellfuries and The Pine Hill Haints open. I’m just hoping for a real life tiger. — Calvin Cashen

Forgotten Space 10th Anniversary at Dada
Get jammy with Texas’ premier Grateful Dead tribute band. It all goes down outside this Friday. Mingle with Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike, celebrate a decade of Forgotten Space, and remember not to tkae the brown acid! — CC

A-Kon at Hilton Anatole
It’s A-Kon, where once a year, anime buffs spend the weekend adjusting their eyes to sunlight. If you like arguing whether or not Dragon Ball is better than Dragon Ball Z, this is the convention for you. All jokes aside, A-Kon will surely appease your insatiable fandom, just like it has the past 26 years. — CC

Whitesnake at The Bomb Factory
Here we go again. Whitesnake may be cringe-worthy, but they will surely inspire plenty of collective singing with its Best of the ’80s compilation ready catalog? Come on down and get nostalgic. Hairspray optional. — CC

KXT Summer Cut at South Side Ballroom
Say what you will about the publically-owned Dallas station, but the lineup of this year’s Summer Cut festival — which features Edward Sharpe, The Wild Feathers, The Relatives, San Fermin, Bibi Bourelly, Claire Morales, Ronnie Heart and Siamese — is its most racially diverse and female-inclusive to date. Kudos to that. — CG

Oil Boom at Lola’s Trailer Park
Oil Boom is a DFW-bred garage band whose interests include, “Making records and playing shows!” Watch them flex their home-style flair for free this Friday at the still-pretty-new Lola’s Trailer Park. — CC

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The 25th installment of Concerts In The Garden starts with a sampling of pure New Orleans Jazz, courtesy of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. That’s just the first of 16 concerts slated every weekend through the 5th of July. Did I mention there’s a firework display each night? — CC

Mountain of Smoke at Double Wide
Mountain of Smoke has been rocking the DFW concert circle since 2013. How do they keep reeling in a crowd, you might ask? Noise with more noise add on top, just for good measure. Creepeth and Stonen Machine Electric open. — CC

Fuici’s Cat in the Brain at Texas Theatre
Calling all gore hounds and the psychologically depraved! Lucio Fulci’s avant-garde horror flick, A Cat in the Brain, will play for one night on the silver screen. Disclaimer: not for the faint of heart. — CC

Red Bull Global Rallycross at Fair Park
Feed your need for speed at Red Bull’s inaugural GRC event in Dallas. This two-day event will pit rallycross racers against each other for a shot at the gold. Victory is the sweetest thing there is, after all. — CC

Tim McGraw at WinStar World Casino
One lone ticket remains to see the Indian Outlaw play at the casino. It’s in the second row and for a feasible price too — $500 big ones. Stubhub is your best friend. — CG

R. Kelly at American Airlines Center
R. Kelly is contentious, no doubt about that. Regardless, ya gotta hand it to the guy. He popularized the yodel. Not only that, he yodels in a way that kinda-sorta resembles music, almost. Kelly’s first bona-fide tour of 2016 will roll through the Metroplex for night of sultry R&B and piss jokes aplenty. — CC

Shiba San at RBC
World famous DJ Shiba San knows all about booty — namely, how to get it moving. — CG

Fine Wine & Flip-Flops at Truck Yard
Depending on the context, being called a wino can be considered either a compliment or an insult. But the tastefully-offensive folks at Truck Yard don’t care which type you are, as they’re calling all winos for a summer wine tasting on Friday. It costs $15 to get in, but attendees will be selecting the wines that get added to the spot’s new menu. — Porttia Portis

Bulladora Music Experience at Reverchon Park
North Texas’ festival circuit is a somewhat ruthless one, and there are certainly no shortages of music fests that take place around these parts in a given year. This weekend, the upstart Bulladora Music Experience will take over the unlikely greenspace that is Dallas’ Reverchon Park. The boutique indie-pop festival will try to set itself apart by “[focusing] not on quantity, but on quality in every aspect of the event,” as well as providing a number of experiences beyond simply a handful of niche music performances. Some of those experiences, organizers say, include “hot air balloon rides, a pug petting zoo and quirky custom lawn games,” though they say those “just scratch the surface of the eccentricity and spontaneity in store.” Assuming they found a taker from a Craigslist post last month, that spontaneity might include “an adventurous couple willing to exchange vows in front of thousands this June at the biggest party in Dallas!” — CG *UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

Charley Crockett (Album Release) at Granada Theater
Like his buddy and fan Leon Bridges, Charley Crockett dresses and sounds like he’s from another time. His vintage gear, his genteel demeanor and his recorded-straight-to-tape albums help sell the illusion, too. But whereas last year’s A Stolen Jewel showed off Crockett’s ability to lightly dip his toe into many musical waters — soul, Cajun, country and jazz, all commingled through an old timey blues-folk filter — his new long-player, In The Night, finds him genuinely excelling at each of these, and with a newfound aplomb. Check out a killer track from the record we premiered here, and pick up a physical copy at this release show. — CG

Kenney Chesney, Miranda Lambert at AT&T Stadium
Country is the most ubiquitous genre, probably ever. Kenny Chesney is hitting the road this year with fellow contemporary Miranda Lambert and openers Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, and Little Big Town, among others. — CC

Ginuwine at Gas Monkey Live
Multi-talented singer/songwriter Ginuwine will bring his ’90s R&B finesse and the brownest of sugars to Gas Monkey this Friday. Karlos Farrar and DJ Fellin’ open. — CC

Quaker City Night Hawks (Album Release) at Lola’s
Quaker City Night Hawks will perform not one but two shows at Lola’s on Saturday in celebration of its latest effort El Astronauta, released on Lightning Rod Records. Ticket holders will receive a CD copy of the album. Jake Paleschic opens the early show, and War Party opens the late show in this double-sized night of hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll. — CC

Front Porch Showdown: A Bluegrass Battle of the Bands at Dallas Heritage Village
Dallas’ annual Front Porch Showdown showcases the best bluegrass bands in the area. Starting at 4 p.m., ten bands will compete for cash prizes and a shot at bluegrass glory. Rain or shine, it’s going down! — CC

Record Hop at Rubber Gloves
On the eve of Gloves’ closing for good, a reunited Record Hop will play its first show in something like four years. Joining the adored Denton hard rock act on the bill is all kinds of nostalgia, including Hogpig, Mandarin, Spooky Folk, Pinkish Black, Fishboy and many more. — CG

Leoncarlo (Album Release) at Harvest House
Like Andrew Bird and Kishi Bashi before him, Leoncarlo uses a looping station to make his solo violin sound like an entire dreamy orchestra. I bet’s it’s a trip to see performed live, which you can do when he drops his new album at this show. Jacob Metcalf and Mountain Song also perform. — CG

Dallas Trocars Casket Races 2016 at Flag Pole Hill Park
Dallas is home to a number of oddities. Among them is Dallas’ trocars casket races, which has been a summer stable for 12 years now. And yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. — CC

True Romance Rockabilly Party at Texas Theatre
They say romance is dead. Catch Tony Scott’s druggy crime-drama True Romance in 35mm at Texas Theatre. After the screening, DJ Benjamin White will throw down some tunes for a rockabilly themed dance party. — CC

Art Conspiracy: Anonymous at Life in Deep Ellum
Join Art Conspiracy this Saturday for Art Con ANONYMOUS, which aims to bring art back to the public eye in as subtle a manner as possible. Here, 39 local artists will present nameless work in greyscale, giving the event an air of mystery and a sense of synergy. SuperSonic Lips, Son of Stan and Vodeo perform as well. — CC

Daniel Markham (Album Release) at Three Links
Local Denton musician Daniel Markham is holding a concert for the release of his newest album, Disintegrator. And if his lead single is any indicator, it’s shaping up to be another solid release from Markham with an equal amount of sincere, smart songwriting and an atmospheric band to back him — though a little more acoustic oriented than his previous material. Classic Cult and Siberian Traps open. — Paul Wedding

White Rock BBQ Caucus at Oak Highlands Brewing (Sold Out)
Cold beer, six teams competing for your barbecue affection and proceeds going to benefit the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center? Fill ‘er up! — CG

Red Bull Cliff Diving at Possum Kingdom Lake
The stark contrast of the dual cliffs that make up Possum Kingdom Lake’s Hell’s Gate cove are certainly an impressive visual on any given day. But when more than a dozen of the world’s best cliff divers are propelling themselves off of two platforms temporarily constructed eight stories high on the cliffs’ faces as they will be on Saturday, the effect is nothing short of stunning. — Anton Schlesinger

Giovanni Valderas: “Forged Utopia” at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
The MAC presents “Forged Utopia,” a series of pieces by Giovanni Valderas. “Forged Utopia” is themed around the prolonged marginalization of Latino communities; utilizing images synonymous with white gentrification. The solo exhibition starts this Friday and will continue through June 25th. — CC

Comedy Night at Mable Peabody’s
Mable Peabody’s Comedy Night will feature an extensive lineup of comedians from DFW to Denton, including Christian Hughes, who we interviewed this week. Also, Dalton Pruitt, Joe Coffee, Mona, and Andrew Matthews will tell more jokes. Pre-show entertainment will be provided by The Bret Crow Show. Ending the night is Strong Work. — CC

Brand New Money Day Party at Dada
The Outfit, Crit Life, Devy Stonez, BeMyFriend, Saint Clair and JG. Out back behind Dada. 2 p.m. Be there with your five-spot in hand. — CG

Spam Jam Celebrity Cook-Off at Casa Manana
Pitmasters and celebrity chefs enter the Iron Kitchen (read: the Casa Manana lobby) where they’ll do battle with a secret ingredient (read: Spam). Money raised by the event will benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank, because not everybody should have to eat Spam all the time. — CG

Secret of Boris at Curtain Club
Secret Of Boris will bring its unapologetically heavy sound back to Curtain Club this Saturday. The band will headline a six-set bill and will debut new material throughout. Fantasma, Dead Scene Believers, White Elephant, Sound Of Sirens, and Bliss open. — CC

Taste of Dallas at Fair Park
If there’s a buzzed-about fest in the area involving food, Dallasites are bound to reel in by the dozens. Taste of Dallas has proven to be focal point for many, and this year is no exception. Numerous restaurants will surround Fair Park grounds, offering a taste of nearly every region of flavor — including one booth cooking up insects. Over its 30 year running streak, Taste of Dallas has implemented new accommodations to keep the foodie populous lined up. Who knows what’s in store this year? — CC

Lift to Experience at Rubber Gloves
Denton post-rock outfit, Lift to Experience, will headline Rubber Gloves’ final show this Sunday. We’re sad to see Rubber Gloves go, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bask in the last few moments it has left. Bordering the line between celestial space-rock and effects-laden shoegaze, Lift to Experiece’s Texas return is set to be a triumphant one. Quite a fitting affair to see a local legend put the final nails in Rubber Gloves’ proverbial coffin. They’ll also get help from Dove Hunter, The Angelus, Corn Mo, Pleasant Grove, Moving Panoramas and many others. — CC

Bulladora Music Experience at Reverchon Park
Yeasayer, Washed Out, MOTHXR, JR JR, XYLO and Lostboycrow perform on the third and final day of the first-ever Bulladora Music Experience. — CG *UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

Cake Jam III at Dada
In collaboration with the Cultural Identity Program, local artist, Joonbug, and DFW rapper, -topic, present Cake Jam III, their third annual joint birthday throwdown. The event features performances by Dezi 5, High Standardz and Jonas Martin, among others. True to form, Cake Jam III promises to be “epic-est” installment thus far. Of course, there will be cake. To that end, it’s not much of a stretch to say this year will be the “cake-est” Cake Jam. Proceeds go towards benefiting local artists and vendors. — CC

Slim Thug at Trees
Texas native and verse-spittin’ emcee, Slim Thug, will make a Dallas stop. Building his credentials on a gritty, gangsta rap foundation, Slim Thug’s Southern-fried style will sit well with DFW’s hip-hop niche. Let’s see how his bars fare on this side of the state. — CC

The Mix-Off at DEC on Dragon
Watch Dallas’ greatest culinary masters and drink slingers battle it out for ultimate bragging rights. Try some of Dallas’ high-end food trucks. Make sure to keep your stomachs full and happy during this heated showdown. — CC

Robert Ellis at Kessler Theater
After showing tons of promise for the last several years, dreamy Houston native Robert Ellis is finally starting to break out. About damn timed. The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter brings his rugged good looks, bedroom eyes and plaintive tuneage to this wonderfully and appropriately intimate setting. Can you tell we have a huge man-crush on the dude? — CG

Splash: Far East Movement at Bungalow Beach Club
Before the groups most well-known track, “Like a G6,” began to take over the world, Far East Movement’s original claim to fame was its single, “Round Round,” which appeared on the shows like Gossip Girl and CSI and eventually wound up becoming the official song for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In recent years, the group toured with acts like Rihanna and Lil Wayne. Now they’re appearing at an upscale Dallas pool party. — Jordyn Walters

Matoma at SiSu
Hakuna Matoma. It means pool partying. It does in Dallas this weekend, anyway. — CG

The Quebe Sisters at Levitt Pavilion (Free)
Eat your heart out, Wilson Philips, there’s a new trio of sisters taking over the music world. (Okay, a little dated, but work with us here). Dentonites Graces, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) are the Quebe Sisters Band — or as we like to call the Fiddle Sisters — will be playing a free show in Arlington. — Chase Whale

The Time Traveler: Featuring Aurelio Voltaire at The Church
Cuban-American goth cabaret performer Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez — or just Voltaire, thank you very much — brings his act to Dallas’ goth church. — CG

All Gucci Mane Everything at RBC
In honor of Gucci’s recent release from prison, Dallas’ All Everything party night returns to its original home on Commerce. — CG


















































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