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7 Concerts to See in Dallas This Weekend

The holiday concerts are upon us. Don't fight it. Submit yourself to the spirit of Christmas.
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The holiday concerts are upon us. Don’t fight it. Submit yourself to the spirit of Christmas.

Thursday (12/10)

Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland | Kessler Theater

It’s time for some holiday shows. Forsyth and Wonderland, two incredible blues performers out of Austin, deliver a dose of holiday cheer at the Kessler. “Roast the Holidays and Toast the New Year!” will feature a hearty helping of Christmas songs along with some original material.

Friday (12/11)

!!! | Club Dada

It’s pronounced chk-chk-chk, which is also slightly easier to Google. These survivors of New York City’s dance-punk scene of the early 2000s have continued churning out groovy tunes with no expiration date.

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Saturday (12/12)

The Polyphonic Spree’s Holiday Extravaganza | The Majestic Theatre

The venue has changed to the historic Majestic Theatre, but you can expect the usual good-times routine with the Spree’s annual Christmas show. Tim DeLaughter’s symphonic pop act will deliver a “rock set” and a “holiday set.” Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a ventriloquist, a magician, a puppeteer, and a whole slew of other family-friendly acts will also put in appearances. Milk and cookies are at midnight. Bring a canned good and an unwrapped toy to donate to charity, and read our recent interview with DeLaughter.

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Mind Spiders and Nervous Curtains | Three Links

A strong local bill that should scratch any punk and/or post-punk itch you feel.

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Texas Theatre 5-Year Anniversary with Pinkish Black and Party Static | The Texas Theatre

Our favorite movie theater is turning five — they grow up so fast — and throwing itself a party. After a delightfully mismatched double feature of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Shining, stick around for behind-the-screen performances from Fort Worth racket-makers Pinkish Black, along with Dallas’ Party Static and Blue the Misfit.

DFW Master of the Mic | Trees

Celebrity judges Erykah Badu, The D.O.C., and Dorrough Music will determine who is the fiercest MC in all the land. Master of the Mic will pit six contestants against each other in a battle for media attention, guaranteed spots on the bills for two local music festivals, flyers, and more. These finalists were chosen after 12 preliminary competitions held over the last few months. Two representatives from each of North Texas’ finest cities are up: Mark Spits and Madame Mims (Fort Worth), Pudge Brewer and Ritchy Flo (Denton), and Alsace Carcione and T. Lindsey (Dallas). My money’s on Alsace Carcione.

Sunday (12/13)

Lucero | South Side Music Hall

Do you prefer acoustic Lucero or electric Lucero? Either way, you’re in luck. The country rockers will do both with two sets at South Side Music Hall.

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