Dallas Music Picks for Thursday, Jan. 30

Thursday's concert picks, along with some news about The Pet Shop Boys coming to Dallas.

First things first: I just got the good news that the Pet Shop Boys will be playing the Majestic Theatre on April 15th. This will coincide with their Coachella appearance. On to Thursday’s concerts…

If you’re a fan of the lone singer/songwriter, you have a couple of strong options this evening, particularly outside of Dallas. Fred’s Texas Cafe in Fort Worth will feature three different front-people from known area bands such as The Quaker City Night Hawks, RTB2, and The Lo-Fi Chorus. That would be Sam Anderson, Ryan Thomas Becker, and Erik Lee Thompson, respectively, and this is a good chance to peer at some of the skeletal framework of which their more familiar sounds are constructed. The show is free.

And if you’re in Denton, after leaving Kiki Smith’s opening at UNT on the Square, consider stopping by Dan’s Silver Leaf. The venue will host Ray Wylie Hubbard, a local legend of a singer-songwriter who once fronted a band called The Cowboy Twinkies. Look it up.

Darkside will be at Club Dada tonight, and their extensive reworking of Daft Punk tracks might get some extra attention this week after yet another controversial edition of the Grammys. And I don’t mean just a few songs. They actually remixed the entire award-winning Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories, in full. The duo’s take is a little more somber, heavily distorted, and less party-oriented than the original work. High Water will open the show.

As is always the case with Thursdays, there are plenty of DJ nights in the area, mostly in Denton and Dallas. Why doesn’t Fort Worth have more DJ weeklies? That’s always perplexed me. The “Y2K” bi-weekly is at Hailey’s this evening, which will feature Track Meet’s Shooknite as resident Yeahdef’s guest. Blue the Misfit, from the hip hop collective, Brain Gang, along with fellow rapper Jenny Robinson, will host the event.

The Crown and Harp has wildly different programming on both of its floors, as always. Downstairs will see another edition of Too Fresh Productions’ “Fresh Beats” competition. The producer competition will feature the following local artists:

Supreme Breed
Tha Kracken
BeatsBy Lewii
Devin Canady
Curt Mcgurt
Brayon Potillo

Upstairs at Crown and Harp, an entirely electronic show will see Jack Dover, TX Connect, and Seal Bass sharing a bill. The trio of DJs will be playing house and techno selections.

Finally, Colly T will be a Beauty Bar, for his “Vibe” residency.







Image: Pet Shop Boys in performance, October 2013. Credit: Henry Laurisch, via.