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Let's all take a moment here to reflect on what an eventful month this past June has been.

There was the good (read: the announcement of our Red Bull Sound Select Show featuring Erykah Badu, plus the biggest full moon we'll see all year), the bad (see: Amanda Bynes' Twitter feed) and certainly a good amount of ugly (see: “The Red Wedding,” Instagram's new video feature, Kanye West actually naming his daughter North).

So, OK, maybe the past 30 days of your life weren't of same caliber as, say, Edward Snowden's or the Miami Heat's. But that's OK! There's enough for you to do this weekend to make up for everything.

Black Tie Dynasty at Double Wide
Fort Worth post-punk heroes Black Tie Dynasty mark their triumphant return to the Metroplex and (possibly) relevancy with the first of this weekend's two planned reunion shows. Considering that this first one is at the Double Wide, though, you can definitely expect this one to be the wilder of the two. — Stephen Young

Matt Pond at The Live Oak
Assuming you couldn't get tickets to the Belmont show last night — or, hey, maybe you just really like Matt Pond, and we're not judging you — you should take the short trip west to Funky Town to check him out at The Live Oak. — SY

Barry Manilow at Verizon Theatre
After cancelling his performance back in May due to a case of bronchitis, Manilow is back in full mambo swing. What's this 70-year-old's secret to staying young? We're guessing it has something to do with his kind heart. Follow Barry's lead and donate a gently used instrument to the Dallas Independent School District at one of these locations to receive a free pair of tickets to tonight's show. — Zoe Mattioli

Lollie Bombs Burlesque presents an Early Bird Stripshow at Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Keeping up with the 9-to-5 lifestyle can be seriously strenuous, and the ladies at Lollie Bombs Burlesque get that. Face it: If their entertainment can't keep you awake late at night, what can? Tonight, you can catch a special “early bird” strip show at 9 p.m., a whole two hours earlier than the normal time slot. Squeezing in dinner and a show? Man, these ladies sure know how to cater. — ZM

Howler Jr., Brave Young Lion, Hola Beach and the Yallwells at J&J's Pizza
Spencer Kenney's retro-indie trio, Howler Jr., headlines this quadruple-bill featuring fellow locals Brave Young Lion, Hola Beach and the Yallwells in the basement of J&J's in Denton. Expect a lighthearted, loose and irreverent show from the like-minded quartet of acts. — SY

New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at American Airlines Center
Expect screaming fans of all ages as the AAC hosts this collection of boy bands. Of the three acts, NKoTB are certainly the biggest pioneers. Hell, the whole boy band scene as we know it today might not have ever happened without their “influence.” Boyz II Men, on the other hand, are definitely the smoothest of the bunch, and, by proxy, the most likely to have been playing in the background while at least a few members of tonight's audience were conceived. As for 98 Degrees? Well, two out of three ain't bad. — SY

Stryper at Granada Theater
The world's foremost Christian arena-metal band makes an appearance at the Granada tonight. Or: Hey, it's your chance to check out the band your parents listened to because their parents thought KISS stood for “Knights in Satan's Service!” — SY

Todd Rundgren at House of Blues
Electronic music pioneer and multi-instrument virtuoso Todd Rundgren comes to the House of Blues on his “Official State Visit” tour. The guy's 65 years old and still going strong, as evidenced by his April album State. But there's no telling how many more times the legend to whom Neon Indian owes a great debt will come through Dallas. Act accordingly. — SY

Laura Harrell CD Release at AllGood Cafe
Harrell's latest album is the latest in Ferralog's “catch and release” series. For those not familiar, artists enter the Deep Ellum recording studio and create an LP or EP over the course of a single weekend. The studio then mixes, masters and presses the discs over the course of the next week, and a release show is held the following weekend. Head out to AllGood for a famous chicken-fried steak and to hear the tracks Harrell laid down just last weekend. – Cory Graves

Mo'Nique at Arlington Improv
How often do you get the chance to see an Academy Award-winner do stand-up? Mo'Nique, who won her little gold statue for her villainous turn in 2009's Precious, goes back to her comedy roots with three weekend shows in Arlington over the next few days. — SY

Eleven Hundred Springs at Three Links
Locals Eleven Hundred Springs top a punk-tinged outlaw country triple-bill at Three Links. Expect rowdy, whiskey-fueled performances not only from the headliners, but from openers Convoy & the Cattlemen and Sleepin' Rattlers. — SY

Pegasus Plaza Market
Check out this alternative lunch experience from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pegasus Plaza. You'll find fresh food, handmade crafts, vintage goods and live music spread amongst the urban sprawl. — Jessica Petrocchi

Boys Named Sue's “Summer Jam” at Lee Harvey's
The “Honky-Tonk if Yer Horny” outfit have more to celebrate tonight than just cheap beer and the beginning of summer: Bassist Ward “Dub Sue” Richmond turns 35 tonight, and John “Sue-A” Pedigo celebrates making it back home following another European tour with The O's. In other words, there'll be plenty of shot-takin' and story-swappin'. — CG

Ladies Stay Crazy Dance Party at Texas Theatre
Don't worry fellas, tonight isn't just for the ladies, although they are the only ones that'll get to enjoy tonight's drink specials. For tonight's edition of this free monthly dance party, which is DJed by Miss Johnson If You're Nasty and Leilani, organizers encourage guys and girls alike to show up in their sparkliest sequins, fluffiest feathers and most colorful makeup. — JP

Ella Minnow, Hazardous Dukes and Catamaran at The Crown & Harp
Tonight, the perpetually adorable Denton outfit Ella Minnow will cram onto this Lowest Greenville venue's tiny stage. Deep Ellum country act The Hazardous Dukes and Catamaran — whose newest single “All Around” we can't get enough of around these parts — round out yet another eclectic bill at the venue. — CG

Sleeperstar at Cambridge Room
Local alt-rockers Sleeperstar promote the release of their recent EP, Blue Eyes, at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room. For our money, the record's opener, “Replay,” just might be worth the price of admission on its own. Oklahoma band Progress in Color and Dallas's Johnny Stimson open. — SY

Shook!!! by Riley Holloway at Fairmont Hotel
LA-born, Dallas-based artist Riley Holloway began his residency at the Fairmont Hotel this April. See the impressive body of work he's created during his stay there tonight at this sure-to-be enticing opening event. — Elaine Sun

Viceroy at The Travis
The king of summer anthems will be taking over The Travis tonight. His feel-good, steel drum vibes mixed with deep house beats should provide an interesting — and much needed — break from the typical poppy progressive songs you'd normally find at a club like this. Plus, Viceroy is a party professional. So look out for him getting down on the floor following his set. — ZM

Black Tie Dynasty at The Live Oak
Black Tie Dynasty concludes their weekend DFW doubleheader tonight at The Live Oak. — SY

Asleep at the Wheel at The Kessler
Venerable country-swing act Asleep at the Wheel plays a pair of shows at the Kessler on this night. The band has backed up Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan in the past — some pretty great company. Also? Theirs is the definitive version of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” — SY

PANIC at The Crown & Harp
The Smiths and Morrissey cover act formerly known as The Venables takes the stage downstairs at The Crown & Harp for a night moody fun –that is unless frontman Josh Venable's bleeding ulcer isn't acting up again. —SY

Howie Day at Trees
Sure, he's been arrested for locking a woman in his tour bus bathroom. But even the best fall down sometimes, right? Day's hoping that, 10 years later, his fans will have forgotten all about that ugly incident. To that end, not releasing any new albums in the past five years has gone a long way toward helping us forget he ever existed. — JP

Semigloss. Magazine 3rd Issue Release Party at That That Studio
In this week's special “People” issue of Dallas Observer, the publication details how local artist and CentralTrak resident Sally Glass launched her own zine to cover the North Texas art scene. Pick up a copy of that zine at its third issue's release party at That That Art Gallery at this affair. If you can't make the release party, you can always pick up a copy afterwards at the Nasher Sculpture Center or by contacting Semigloss.'s Facebook page. — JP

Bob Schneider at Billy Bob's
Guess what, gang? Austin-based singer-songwriter Bob Schneider is back in North Texas. Yes, again! This time, it's for a performance in Fort Worth at Billy Bob's! — SY

The Gorehounds at Three Links
The Cramps tribute act The Gorehounds takes the stage at Three Links for a show that's sure to be highlighted by goth aesthetics and The Cramps' signature dual-guitar, garage-rockabilly sound. Dead Kennedys tribute Dallas Uber Alles opens. — SY

Dirk Nowitzki's 2nd Annual Celebrity Baseball Game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco
Check out Dirk, Dez Bryant and Vince Carter — along with a bunch of other celebrities and athletes — as they step outside of their comfort zones and into the batter's box for this Nowitzki-led charity baseball game. The event benefits the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. But, face it, you're really more interested in finding out what a seven-footer looks like whiffing at a slow curve. Or is that just us? — SY

Opening Reception at Conduit Gallery
Conduit Gallery's early summer show features the abstract paintings of Matt Clark and the kinetic sculptures of Joel Sampson in the gallery's Project Room. Also included in the exhibition is Atlanta-based artist Fahamu Pecou, whose paintings merge hip-hop culture and contemporary art with a sense of humor and sharp criticism. Plenty of other Design District galleries are having openings on this same night, too, so be sure to check out Circuit 12, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Red Arrow Contemporary, PDNB Gallery and Holly Johnson Gallery while you're in the neighborhood. — ES

Savage and the Big Beat EP Release at Rubber Gloves
In a million years, we couldn't describe Savage and the Big Beat's music better than they do, so we won't even try. Per the group's BandCamp page, the band makes “high-tempo, up-beat music that sounds like the music you would listen to while storming a castle if you were really, really excited about it, like if you knew there were presents or something inside.” How's that for a sense of humor? Pick up a copy of the band's new We Are Defenders EP at tonight's free release show. Cozy Hawks, Bashe and Space State open. — JP

Year of the Bear, Memory Shivers, Slumberbuzz and Fou at The Where House
Texas rockers Year of the Bear lead a quartet of psychedelic- and shoegaze-influenced acts on what is sure to be a skull-rattling bill at The Where House in Fort Worth. If that weren't enough, Joel Gion (read: that dude from Brian Jonestown Massacre that just plays the tambourine) will be DJing between bands. — SY

Angels of Care Benefit featuring Josh Weathers Band and Cas Haley at Granada Theater
Local heritage rockers Josh Weathers Band and folk-reggae singer-songwriter Cas Haley head up this benefit supporting pediatric home healthcare organization Angels of Care. Show up early to support the Granada security team and their '90s country cover act Straight Tequila Night. — SY

Native America, Senor Fin, Black James Franco, The Days and Sacco & Vanzetti at 1112 Bernard
New Orleans bedroom-pop project Native America performs, appropriately enough, at a house show in Denton. Locals Senor Fin and their freaky fast Ford Escape are both hosting the show and performing. Additional support comes from the impeccably named Black James Franco, The Days and Sacco & Vanzetti. — SY

Behind the Screen Comedy Show at Texas Theatre
Comics Usama Siddique, Justin James, Matt Greer and Jeffrey Jay perform at a local comedy showcase at the Texas Theatre. The show should be fun. Plus, admission is just $5 and there's no drink minimum like you'll often find at most standard comedy venues. — SY

Will Johnson and Brent Best at Twilite Lounge
Newly-opened Deep Ellum bar Twilite Lounge hosts intimate sets from Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson and Slobberbone's Brent Best. There's no cover, but seating is limited. We recommend getting there early if you want to avoid a one-in-one-out line. — SY

Summer Funtime Splash at the Fraternal Order of Eagles
Girls Rock Dallas hosts this extravaganza at East Dallas' hipster haven the FOE pool. The event opens summer camp season for GRD and promises an air guitar contest, lots of water balloons and music from GRD bands 5050 Blue, Under Rage and Red Liquorish. — SY

Sasha Presents involv<3r at Ku De Ta
Electronic icon Sasha is moving the house party to the Ku De Ta pool on Sunday afternoon. Expect to hear selections from his latest album, the self-titled Involv3r, which features collabs with The xx, Foals and Little Dragon, to name a few. Don't be afraid to dive in. — ZM

Intronaut at Dada
Satisfy your craving for intense, well-crafted guitar riffs as Intronaut, Scale of Summit, Mouth of the Architect and Pinkish Black play at Dada. The headliners pride themselves on being a face-melting jam band ready to take you on a metal journey. — JP

Clasico Joven: Cruz Azul vs. Club America at FC Dallas Stadium
Frisco's FC Dallas Stadium hosts a friendly between two of the biggest rivals in Liga MX, Mexico City's Cruz Azul and the capital's biggest team Club America. Despite this game being an exhibition, expect tensions to run high. Both teams are expected to play many of their first-team regulars. Plus, the clubs generally just don't like each other very much. — SY

Rock 'n Roll Rummage Sale at Lola's Saloon
Buy, sell or trade any music gear, equipment, vinyl or whatever other cool junk you've got laying around taking up space. Or just come to scope out the scene and to graze off some food trucks. After taking advantage of the bar's Sunday drink specials, though, you might even find yourself feeling just courageous enough to take advantage of their open mic offering. — JP

Native America, War Party and Fou at the Crown & Harp
Native America completes their weekend North Texas double-play with help from War Party, who are performing their first show in town since returning home from a tour, and Fou. Head over to Lowest Greenville if you found the prospect of heading it to Denton yesterday a bridge too far. — SY

The Gospel Truth at the Crown & Harp
While Native America does their thing downstairs, moody Austin rockers The Gospel Truth bring their jangly throwback sound upstairs at the Crown and Harp. On first listen, their just-released LP, A Lonely Man Does Foolish Things, is very dark and pretty great. This one is definitely worth checking out — even if you're not in a particularly sour mood. — SY

Drag Brunch at DISH Restaurant & Lounge
This one's pretty much exactly what this sounds like. A drag show. During brunch. Come hungry while expecting a three-course meal and live entertainment from Jenni P, Krystal Summers and Candis Cayne. Curious to just what we mean by “entertainment?” Indulge your appetite for adventure and find out for yourself. — ZM

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