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Dallas Events Remember David Bowie

And the four concerts you should go to this weekend.
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We lost one of the great ones Sunday, and adjusting to Life After Bowie has mostly been an unmitigated bummer. The coolest guy at the party just left, and we’re still here. The silver lining is that a lot of folks will be listening to David Bowie this week, and more people listening to David Bowie is only going to increase the cumulative good in the world.

The concert calendar this weekend is pretty slim, but Bowie-centric happenings are popping up left and right to help fill that new hole in your life.

Here are a handful of local events that will pay tribute to the music icon over the next few days:

  • Tonight (Wednesday) at the Granada, the tribute act Thin White Dukes will play a two-hour set diving into Bowie’s greatest hits. Labyrinth, the Jim Henson film that features Bowie as a goblin king with a stupendous codpiece, will screen after the show. Some of the proceeds will go toward Young Texans Against Cancer.
  • Off The Record will host a Bowie listening party on Thursday, complete with “a vision from the Thin White Duke projected around the room to behold” — Whatever that means. Some proceeds will go toward the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Crown and Harp is hosting David Bowie karaoke on Friday.
  • On Friday at the Texas Theatre, a Bowie-soundtracked shindig will follow a screening of The Man Who Fell To Earth. The science fiction cult classic follows an alien (a starman, if you will) who comes to our planet with a plan to save his own. Bowie has never looked more gloriously, weirdly beautiful than he has in this film, which is really saying something for an artist whose style has been as influential as his music.
  • On Saturday, the Alamo Drafthouse will show David Bowie’s best music videos. There are a lot to choose from, and regardless of whether you’re able to join in the sing-a-long, Bowie’s always been compelling on a purely visual level.

And here are the shows worth paying attention to:

Thursday (01/14)

Queensrÿche | Trees

Does the umlaut in Queensrÿche actually have any effect on how you pronounce Queensrÿche? Perhaps someone could ask the members of this metal band after opening sets by Generator, Halcyon Way, and Meytal.

Friday (01/15)

Tanlines | Trees

Tanlines had so much fun after its stop in Dallas last year, the electronic duo is back already with its eclectic, danceable pop sound, a blend of indie synthesizers and the kind of percussive rhythm you get from “world music.” Zhora opens.

Saturday (01/16)

Felix Da Housecat | It’ll Do Club

The Chicago house music mastermind shouldn’t have much trouble filling the dance floor.

Sunday (01/17)

Tool | Verizon Theatre

The cerebral, heavy rock band is embarking on its first tour in years. (It’s been 10 since fans heard a new album). Tool’s established a reputation for bizarre visuals and intense performances, and front man Maynard James Keenan has promised a “sonic and visual extravaganza” this time around. Primus opens. We hope you already got tickets, because this is exceptionally sold out.

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