Smoke Blunt After Blunt After Blunt After Blunt with Danny Brown at Gorilla Vs Bear Fest III.

Let's cut to the chase: There's a whole hell of a lot going on this weekend. So, unless you're the type of person who'd rather spend the bulk of their free time obsessively stalking and photographing squirrels enjoying slices of pizza in their natural environments, you better get busy planning your week.

OK, well, after viewing this gallery of said pizza-eating squirrels.

Gorilla vs Bear Fest at Granada Theater
For the third incarnation of their now annual offering, the tastemakers behind the popular Gorilla vs Bear blog are back with yet another fantastic lineup. Dare we say it's their best yet? From national headliners like Danny Brown and HAERTS to locals like Booty Fade, the quote-unquote New Yorker of hipster blogs has shown a knack for curating entertaining lineups filled with bubbling-under talent in the past few years. Expect GvB III to be no different in that regard. — Nicole Arnold

Ronnie Heart at Sundown
Whether or not you end up going to the third annual Gorilla vs Bear Fest next door at the Granada, this free-to-attend after-party is still a worthwhile place to end your night. Ex-Neon Indian guitarist — himself something of a musical badass — will be DJing this one. — Cory Graves

Cold War Kids at South Side Music Hall
No worries if you just never realized how big a band Cold War Kids had become since the band first broke through with 2007's “Hang Me Up To Dry.” Just make no mistake: The band has turned into something of a mainstay. In the years since that breakthrough single, the band's become a fixture on alternative radio stations across the country thanks to tracks like “Louder Than Ever” and, this year, “Miracle Mile.” This show finds the band supporting the album containing “Miracle Mile,” the April-released Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Expect some adoring fans, too. — Pete Freedman

Ted Nugent at Billy Bob's
Say what you will about his political beliefs, obsession with hunting/manufacturing his own beef jerky, or horrible turn as a reality star, but at age 64 The Nuge is still a certified guitar slinger and consummate showman. —CG

Kevin Brown at Hyena's Comedy Club (Fort Worth)
You're probably familiar with Kevin Brown's hilarious Dot Com character on 30 Rock, where he serves as one of the more logical members of Tracy Jordan's entourage. If you're not, start watching the show, like, now. Apparently Brown's pretty funny live, too. With his straightforward, witty delivery on the show, we get the feeling that his stand-up is likely to be pretty entertaining. — Jessica Petrocchi

An Evening With Los Lonely Boys at Kessler Theater
This Texas trio often refers to its brand of music as “Texican Rock 'n' Roll.” We're not going to lie; we're kind of into that. Does their just-released single “Blame It On Love” hold up against their 2004 breakthrough “Heaven?” You'll have twice the opportunities to find out, as Los Lonely Boys are set to play two shows at the venue this time through town. — JP

Air Review, Pageantry, Good Field and Black Books at Dada
There's something to be said for a local band being selective with the frequency and locations of their in-town gigs. While Air Review is one of the better live acts in the region — and is responsible for one of the year's best local album releases — the band certainly doesn't over saturate the market. As such, the group's last gig, which came as part of the Barefoot at the Belmont series, sold out in just five minutes. — CG

RAW:natural born artists at Life in Deep Ellum
Dozens of influential and up-and-coming artists from all facets of Dallas' rich arts scene have been handpicked to showcase their talents at this RAW showcase. As such, the night will include everything from a film screening, musical performances, a fashion show, an art gallery, and some performance art pieces. Heck, even hairstylists and makeup artists are being recognized at this one. Pro tip: The dress tonight is “cocktail attire.” — CG

Pleasant Grove at Twilite Lounge
We're noticing a trend as of late. Just a couple weeks after Slobberbone celebrated the birthday of guitarist Jess Barr with a performance at the intimate Deep Ellum retro dive lounge, Pleasant Grove is poised to follow suit. Tonight will see that once-adored local band celebrating the birth of guitarist Marcus Striplin with a “short and sweet” set of its own. Also? It'll mark the band's first Dallas performance in over a year. Not a bad pull of bands for a venue whose owners once told us they didn't intend to focus too heavily on live music. — CG

FREE BASS at Sandaga 813
At every one of their monthly parties, the DropNitDeep folks promise an extrasensory experience bringing together live art, DJs and, oftentimes, dancers, fire-breathers and other performers as well. Special guests at this month's offering include Invisible Limit, Oscar Ochoa, BBOY, Johnny K, Cygnus and Vector Vision. — CG

Diamond Bag at Lee Harvey's
Dallas has got to be the cover band capital of the world, right? The city is home to everything from Smiths, Cure, and Cramps tributes, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and The Byrds cover bands, a Ramones drag act and even a band that simply calls itself The Cover Band. And that's just scratching the surface. So what makes this Neil Diamond cover act better than the loads of other acts across the country that take on the man's massive catalog — OK, other than having the most kickass name? Tonight, the group will be taking on Diamond's seminal live double album, Hot August Night, in its entirety. — CG

Hotter 'N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls
A whole litany of competitions fall under this event's umbrella, but, more than anything else, the event has made a name for itself as being home to the largest century (read: 100-mile) bike race in North America. The idea behind the race is simple enough: You race like a hellbat on wheels from marker to marker — all in hundred degree temperatures — until you hit Finish Line Village. Everyone from local enthusiasts to international pros come to participate. And, God bless them, because it's all intended to be something of a sludgy trek, especially in the late Texas summer heat. — Thom Fain

Dallas Observer BrewFest at Dallas Arts District
There are already quite literally dozens of music festivals that go on in North Texas on a now annual basis. And in the wake of that market's recent oversaturation comes the city's latest love affair: craft beer festivals. To their credit, though, the Dallas Observer's annual BrewFest was one of the game's earliest players. Now in its third year, BrewFest is set to take over the Arts District, where a $55 ticket will net you a dozen two-ounce beer tastings. Additional sampling cards will be available for $2 onsite. — CG

Icona Pop at House of Blues
You've most likely heard Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop. Even if the name isn't immediately recognizable, you've definitely heard their biggest song, the insanely catchy, Charli XCX-penned, yell-a-long anthem, “I Love It.” And, frankly, if you don't like “I Love It,” there's probably something wrong with you. Assuming there's not, go profess your newfound carefree-ness by yelling your heart out with the rest of the sure-to-be writhing masses at the House of Blues. — Stephen Young

Bell Biv Devoe and Tony! Toni! Tone! At Verizon Theatre
Folks, I must warn you… of a rhythmic, R&B sensation throwback concert you can't miss out on! '90s hip-hop trio Bell Biv DeVoe is back on the road, hungry to hit the stage and drive you out of your mind with a selection of songs both old and new. With BBD being joined on this bill by Tony! Toni! Tone!, this night is your chance to take your old skool dance moves, vintage bucket ha, and boo thang out for a night to remember. — Zoe Mattioli

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

Home by Hovercraft Tour Send-Off at Dada
Home by Hovercraft is a local music act that defies categorization and has begun turning heads around town over the last year or so. Rightfully so: The group is a theatrical one, combining folk, rock and classical influences into a singular sonic stew. Led by husband-and-wife duo Seth (tuba, vocals) and Shawn Magill (piano), the band has the uncanny ability to push the creative envelope without branching into totally inaccessible territory. Still, they do get pretty “out there.” An example? Well, Seth's sister Abbey Magill, who dances Irish Step, performs as a member of Home by Hovercraft's rhythm section. Local acts John Singer Sergeant, The Family Piano, and The Venetian Sailors will help kickoff the band's upcoming tour. –vHannah Allen White

Another Day in Paradise at WAAS Gallery
While the impetus for this event is the tattoo-inspired art by dozens of the city's top artists — folks like Oliver Peck, Dean Williams, Jackie Dunn Smith and Richard Stell among others — performances from bands like True Widow and Steel Bearing Hand and free foods and drinks make this event one of the weekend's highlights. — CG

Everything is Shit at Public Trust
This is one of those art exhibitions where the name really does, pretty much, say it all. All of the silicone pieces on display look like little cartoonish mounds of dog poop. It's really not as grotesque as it may sound, though, as the artist, Bludded Head mastermind Nevada Hill, has hand decorated each pile into psychedelic little feces pieces of art. — CG

Silk and Stone at Ro2 Gallery
International artists and married couple Vinh Nguyen and Anh Tran have been residents at the University of Texas at Dallas' CentralTrak residency for the past six months. While Tran works primarily in stone, Nguyen's focus lies in Vietnamese silk painting. Together, their works speak on the human life cycle and the interactions we humans have while throughout that cycle. — CG

Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion
As difficult as it may be to put into words just how unbelievable this comedy line up is, we'd honestly expect nothing less from the folks at Funny or Die, who helped curate the thing. The Sfuzzi-loving Dave Chapelle and Flight of the Conchords — each of whom found their breakthrough cable shows ending devastatingly too early — headline this affair. But heavy-hitting openers like Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress and Jim Jefferies (among many others) are what makes this show the most pee-yo-pants funny tour slated to come through town all year. — JP

12th Planet at SISU
The last time dubstep producer 12th Planet was in Dallas, he made a surprise appearance at Sfuzzi's on McKinney, packing the place out with an impromptu DJ set just a few days after playing at Meltdown Festival. While we can't predict where the DJ might end up after this afternoon gig, we do know one thing for sure: There are worst places to beat the heat than sitting poolside at SISU and letting 12th Planet take you to another world. — ZM

The Man Who Knew Too Much at Sherlock's Baker St Pub & Grill
Each Sunday this month, Sherlock's is screening a different Hitchcock films. Tonight, it's The Man Who Knew Too Much, which is about a simple family vacationing in Morocco that unexpectedly stumbles into an assassination plot. Plot twist! Test your skills and see if you can spot where Hitchcock puts himself into this one. — JP

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at House of Blues
Oh, come on. Stop pretending like you know all the words to “Tha Crossroads.” You don't. You just like to sing along and pretend that you, too, miss your Uncle Charles. — Trace McCaslin

Hank III at The Rail Club
In October Hank III will release both a double country album and a punk album with his brand new band “3.” But it’s not the first time Williams has released three albums at once. Ever since parting ways with Curb records a few years back Williams’ output has been all over the place. Aside from the triple hillbilly-driven album he released the summer of 2011, he also put out metal and doom rock discs as well. You can bet tonight’s offering will draw almost exclusively from his metal-driven leanings, though. Show up early, because as the poster for this show indicates, there’s no opening act. —CG

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