Now that the Granada’s 7th Anniversary is upon us, I can think of 7 particularly exciting concerts worth seeing this month. Just to throw in an 8th, let me add Blind Pilot and Dan Mangan to the list. Doors open at 7pm, of course, for tonight’s 7th Anniversary party. Until the evening’s festivities begin, you should check out these 7 shows coming up soon:
The Chloes’ performance at last month’s Full Moon Party proves that this next show is worth a night out. This band in particular brings plenty of sparkle to the stage, and they possess an alternative rock-pop presence that can’t be beat in the local Dallas soundscape. If you like Liz Phair, The Breeders, Sleater Kinney, or The Kills, you’ll love this one.
No one can doubt that the Koffin Kats have style. With a new full length album coming out in January, Our Way or the Highway, the band blends punk and psychobilly nicely with Sci-Fi themes and real world horrors. Keep this show in mind if you can’t get enough of the Nekromantix (or missed their show at LaGrange last month), Mad Sin, and the Meteors. Even grab one of LaGrange’s very special snow cones to enjoy during the show, and don’t forget to show up early for the local opener, Sawed Off Sick.
Many bands and venues are participating in this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase which is taking place literally all over Deep Ellum. You’ll love to see local acts like Sarah Jaffe, Centro-matic, Dallas legends the Old 97’s, and Toadies on the Main Stage. But if you prefer your music a little darker or rough around the edges, head to Reno’s next Saturday for the bluesiest, metaliest, punkiest night of your life.
Catch Tweed EQ at 8pm for straight up blues rock and possibly even a cover of CC Rider. Warbeast takes the stage at 10pm, featuring skilled metal musicians with clear vocals sans the Cookie Monster flair that so many metal vocalists sport these days. By midnight, you can enjoy the mosh-worthy “switchblade rock” of Missile, followed by the Cramps cover band, The Gorehounds at 1am.
The Naked and Famous – October 20 at Granada Theater
I was beyond thrilled to pull up next to a car at red light yesterday only to hear The Naked and Famous blasting from the car’s open windows. If I had only been playing the same song, we could have rocked out together to the band that goes so well with Passion Pit, Temper Trap, and Yeasayer. Fortunately, there will be plenty of rocking out among Naked and Famous fans on October 20 at Granada. It’s a sold out show, so hopefully you already purchased your tickets, but I hope to see you all dancing front and center.
45 Fest and Art of the Guitar– October 21 at Club Dada and Kettle Art
45 Fest is intended to raise mental health awareness and is a tribute to the lives and work of two great local musicians that Dallas lost this year. Stop by Dada to see Hello Lover, Jim Suhler, the Mike Haskins Experience, the Marfalites, Dog Company, Here Holy Spain, Josh Fleming of the Phuss, the Sellouts, and the Assassins. Or participate in the guitar auction happening at Kettle Art during the festival.
Concrete Blonde and Menkena – October 28 at Granada Theater
How can you pass up seeing a band that goes good with Eurythmics, Garbage, Nick Cave, and Peter Murphy? That’s right, you can’t! Like those bands and musicians, Concrete Blonde goes way back, so far back that the band actually claimed their name from Michael Stipe while working with I.R.S. Records in 1986. Initially active from 1982 to 1995, their sound harkens back to the much beloved 80s and 90s alt-rock attitude (and not the Sunset Strip Metal that their name might suggest). If the band sounds familiar, maybe you should watch Point Break again.
Alright, there are many great bands headed to Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. You might be excited about Passion Pit, Okkervil River, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Public Enemy, Spoon, M83, Neon Indian, Blonde Redhead, or even Henry Rollins and Donald Glover. But do you know who has my heart this November (and possibly my soul)? That’s right, SLAYER. Somehow I feel this is going to be one of those once in a lifetime weekends where you get to see several iconic legends all in one weekend of musical heaven.
Did you get to see Danzig at Southside Music Hall on Halloween last year? It was phenomenal, but if you didn’t, you have to check out Danzig Legacy next month. Not only will you get Danzig, but you’ll get Danzig and Doyle performing the Misfits. That’s almost as good as watching Blondie perform ZZ Top and Beastie Boys songs at the Granada last weekend, only these are Danzig’s very own tunes.
Last, but not least, I have to praise The Damned. I’m hoping that “Grimly Fiendish”, “New Rose”, and “Alone Again Or” will pop up in the set list on November 5. Okay, fine, maybe Dave Vanian and Tom Araya will have to share my soul.