Oct. 28, 7 p.m. | The Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.
Singer-songwriter Julien Baker brings Tennessee rock to the halls of thehe Granada Theater. Her latest album, Little Oblivions, portends a musical evolution for the Memphis- raised, Nashville based musician. In a Memphis Flyer profile, Baker describes her critically acclaimed album as a therapeutic expression of “learning how not to live in the world of my head so much. The record’s pretty candid about things like substance abuse or physical violence. And those are things that, in a jarring, scary, destructive way, jolt you back into the experience of your body.”
Oct.29, 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St.
It’s 2015. I’m waiting on a delayed transfer at DART East Transfer Center in 100 degree summer heat. Between the erratic outbursts of fellow frustrated riders and woes of underfunded public transportation, the only thing that brings me peace is SoundCloud’s suggestions for new music.
Phony Ppl came to me algorithmically: I’d listened to Toro Y Moi, The Internet, and a number of chillwave artists, so the social media platform suggested Phony Ppl’s “Why iii Love The Moon,” Brooklyn group’s breakout single. It transports listeners into an idyllic afternoon in their borough, where Mr. Frosty drops off cherry-dipped soft serve to adolescents, young couples relish in summer love in the parks, and old couples reminisce about the early beginnings of Brooklyn and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Over six years have passed since my first listen of “Why iii Love The Moon,” but the song still brings me child-like joy and fulfillment upon every play—especially in my car. Fall in love with the group behind the song this weekend.
VRYLATIN: A Very Latin Music Experience
Oct.29, 8 p.m. | Trees, 2709 Elm St.
Earlier this year, DJ VRYWVY told D Magazine that VRYLATIN, the Latinx DJ’s curated night, is “a party to celebrate us and our culture.” VRYWVY, also known as Val Garcia, started the night to curate a safe space for woman to enjoy Latinx music instead of male-hosted events where the “main thing is trying to get girls to shake their ass.” Buy a ticket to support your local Latinx woman DJ, y’all.
The Best of Broadway: A POPS Concert
Oct. 29 – 31 | The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street
Celebrate Lyric Stage’s 28th season with a tribute concert to Broadway. The two day concert series condenses 100 years of music from 28 of Broadway’s signature shows. Think of it as a vacation without dealing with the tremors of John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia.
Angels & Airwaves
Oct. 30, 8 p.m. | South Side Ballroom, 1135 Botham Jean Blvd
For the first time in years, Angels & Airwaves arrives with Lifeforms, the group’s “most relatable” album, as described by Hannah FitzPatrick of mxdxm Music. The San Diego rock group debuts their evolved pop-punk for long-time and new fans at South Side.
La Reunion Music Festival
Oct. 30 – 31 | Dallas Heritage Festival, 1515 S. Harwood St.
All Praise to LaReunion Music Festival, the first (and only) music festival to be held in Dallas. I joke, but out of the JMBYLA and Posty Fest cancellations, it brings me joy to write about a local music festival that highlights local musicians in the backyard of Dallas Heritage Village. Click here for the full lineup of performers, but I highly recommend Kam Franklin and The Suffers on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.