Get Untapped in Fort Worth.

Between the Boston Marathon bombings and the plant explosion in West, it's been a rough, rough week for all of us.

But, hey, we're resilient — humans, Americans, Dallasites, whatever you may identify yourself as. We deal with these things. We figure out ways to move on, and we do.

And, if you're up to it, you can move on this weekend. There's plenty going on throughout the region over these next couple of days to help you do just that.

But, again, only if you're up for it. Because, listen, if you're not, no one will blame you.

Friday, April 19.
The O's' Album Release Party at Granada
It’s a celebration, bitches. The O's want to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Thunderdog, which is full of banjo-pickin', kick-stompin' and singalong-ready good times.

Main Streets Arts Festival in Fort Worth
This free Fort Worth arts festival continues tonight with performances from Carolyn Wonderland, James Hunter and more.

Untapped Pre-Party at The Live Oak featuring Air Review, Daniel Hart, Memphis Dawls and The Unlikely Candidates
Before the party is, of course, the pre-party. And folks that attend this pre-party will get an opportunity to get in an express line for the Untapped Festival in Fort Worth on Saturday. Plus, the bands are cool, too.

Zac Brown Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Atlanta isn't strictly the breeding ground for ratchet rap. They've got some country music, too. Grammy Award-winning country music, even. About things that are chicken-fried!

International Guitar Festival at Dallas Market Hall
All weekend long, guitar lovers will have the opportunity to have the time of their life at this affair, as manufacturers, dealers and musicians will gather and gush over the sacred instrument of strumming. The weekend will also see performances and a competition to see just who might be the best area guitarist under 20 years old.

Umphrey's McGee at House of Blues
Once upon a time in the late '90s, college radio was all about prog rock and excessive noodling. Umphrey's McGee is the result of that trend. Still.

Wovenhand at Dada
Dramatic folk with religious undertones is what Denver's Wovenhand performs. Fittingly, The Angelus, a local outfit that can be described in much the same way, opens this bill.

Saturday, April 20.
North Texas Taco Festival
This is Texas, and, if you don’t like tacos, we'll see to it that you get extradited to Oklahoma. Assuming you do like tacos, the North Texas Taco Festival is for you. It will host more than 10 taquerias, restaurants and food trucks from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, plus copious taco competitions of various sorts. Also, the folks from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. will be on hand to help quench your thirst.

Untapped Festival in Fort Worth
What a deal: A ticket to this affair is not only gets you samples of all sorts of beer, but lots of music, too. In all, some 100-plus beers from 50-plus breweries will be available for your drinking pleasure as musical acts such as Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Tennis, Sarah Jaffe, Skeleton Coast and others perform.

Main Streets Arts Festival in Fort Worth
This Fort Worth arts festival keeps on trucking, with scheduled performances on Saturday from Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Sister Hazel and The Wailers. Once again: It's totally free to attend.

Dead Flowers' Album Release at Three Links
Three Links is new, and so is the Dead Flowers' album, For You. So it's only right that the two come together for the Dead Flowers' album release party.

Dirtyphonics at Lizard Lounge
This being the Lizard Lounge, you'd probably assume that Dirtyphonics exists in an EDM realm of sorts. And, of course, you'd be right. But would you have guessed that these dudes are also French? Because they totally are!

Record Store Day
This is that thing that happens every year in an effort to promote independently owned record stores. Cool, exclusive vinyl deals will going on all over the place, but the best thing about record store day, no doubt, is the chance you'll have to check out some free live shows while you shop. Here's a quick rundown of what performers you'll see at various record shops around the region on Saturday:
Good Records, Dallas: Track Meet (DJ set), Shinyribs, The Relatives, Myopic, Bashe, Blackstone Rangers, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Cutter, A.Dd+, Vulgar Fashion, War Party, Datahowler, Dark Rooms, Unconscious Collective.
Docs Records and Vintage, Fort Worth: Toy Gun, New Science Projects, Doom Ghost, Vorvon, Mail Man, Pinkish Black, Sealion.
Mad World Records, Denton: Kurt Baker, Spooky Folk, Savage and the Big Beat, Pinebox Serenade.
Bill's Records, Dallas: Mr. Troll, Terry Bloss, Troubadores of Deth (Rebekah Mena), Byron Dowd, Mike Freiley, Turbo Motorhome (Matt Crickett Hudnall), G David Hawkins, Grady Yates, Wandering Chicken Wire Show, Guthrie Kennard, Chris and Lindsey Dempsey, Ladybugs (Katherine Dawn), Jimmy Baldwin, March Divide, Kevin Deal, Southern Karma, Tommy Stanco, James Scott Fant, JD Cobb, Jay Johnson and Mark Lafon, Jenni Mansfield Peal, Mercer Woodward,Thieves of Sunrise (Matthew Marcus McDaniel), Loretta Callens and Randy Hamilton, Raymond Hugh Dotson, David Jennings,Ken Turetzky, Lee Powell.
CD Source, Dallas: Becky Middleton, The Fox and the Bird, Nicholas Altobelli, Dead Flowers, Rahim Quazi, Home By Hovercraft, Plowboy, Emmeline, Quentin Moore, Venetian Sailors, Quincy Forte, -topic, Montrose Cunningham.
Recycled Books, Denton: Ryan Becker and Tony Ferraro, Toppie Haynes, Fox and Bird, Daniel Markham, Mariachi Quetzal.

Records Store Day Bender Ender at The Crown & Harp
On the off-chance you don't get your fill of free performances down the road at Good Records' Record Store Day bash, you can walk a block north up Greenville Avenue to check out this free show, which starts at 9 p.m. and features performances from NotFugazi, Rocket Arm, Oddlot, Hormones and Soviet.

Rocket Summer at Trees
There's no new album or anything behind this show from Dallas' own Bryce Avary — not unless you consider his last album, 2012's Life Will Write The Words, which came out last June, to be “new.” But, hey, he's a hometown kid who pens enjoyable enough alt-pop and he's performing a hometown show.

Son Volt at Sons of Hermann
There's sometime gloriously simple at play with former Uncle Tupelo player Jay Farrar's Son Volt band naming their just-released eighth LP, the one this show comes in support of, Honky Tonk, isn't there?

Asking Alexandria at Palladium
This one's for the “scene” kids.

Higher Learning Part Deux at Dada
Saturday, as you no doubt know, is 4/20. It's like Christmas for stoners. So that's why this affair is being called “Higher Learning.” Here, Leon The Professional, A.Dd+, Brain Gang and Sir Michael Rocks (who you might know from the Cool Kids) will all perform as part of this dank showcase.

Loose Cooperation at 2646 Main Street
Loose Cooperation brings together a number of area photographers in an effort to showcase some unconventional methods of photography. Basically, this ain't your average DSLR exhibit.

.GIF The Fuck Out at 2650B Main Street
.GIFs are funny. We know this. But are these moving images also art? The folks behind the local assemblage of artists and creatives known as HOMECOMING! hope to answer that question at this show, which features works culled from months of submissions in the medium.

Jake Shears at It'll Do
The Scissor Sisters frontman heads on over to It'll Do for a sure-to-be incendiary DJ set.

Sunday April 21
Shidedown, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Escape The Fate at The Verizon Theatre
Shockingly, this is just a tour stop, not some alt-rock festival. Oh, and KEGL 97.1-FM The Eagle is presenting it because, duh.

Now, Now and The Lonely Forest at Dan's Silver Leaf
Now, Now is like an affordable Paramore. And The Lonely Forrest is like Paramore but with a dude singing.

Main Streets Arts Festival in Fort Worth
The free-to-attend, four-day affair ends on Sunday night, capped off by performances from throwback stylists The Quebe Sisters and others.


















































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