Jan. 7, 7 p.m. | Trees
There is a little bit of Jay Electronica in each of your favorite rappers. Since his emergence in 2007, the New Orleans rapper has shifted hip-hop culture with his critical, analytic lyricism and vivid imagery. At times, the rapper is referred to as a prophet because of his ability to infuse Islamic theologies into words of wisdom for the modern man. A great example of this is A Written Testimony, his long awaited debut album, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2021. The album, inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Islam, critiques the societal issues of institutional and environmental racism, globalization, and reminds listeners about the power of religion in dire times. Buy tickets to witness a legend in his prime.
Club 90s Presents Taylor Swift
Jan. 7, 9 p.m. | House of Blues
Rise Swifties! Rise! The Los Angeles-based touring dance party stops in Dallas for a night to commemorate Taylor Swift. This event features songs from Red, the singer’s fourth studio album. Purchase tickets for a citywide sing-a-long to “22” (get it, because we’re in 2022), “I Knew You Were Trouble” (please don’t call your ex), and more chart topping hits.
The Rat Pack is Back
Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. | Arlington Music Hall
Did omicron cancel a long awaited trip to Vegas? Never fear, because this cover band brings Arlington an intimate, in-person show that feels like a night on the Las Vegas strip. The band pays tribute to The Rat Pack, which means two hours of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin and some big band tunes. Purchase seats.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m. | The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
Thank you, TikTok! In September of last year, users on the music-driven social media platform resurrected three songs from Mother Mother’s 2008 album, O My Heart, for a popular lip-sync challenge that landed the Canadian indie rock band on Rolling Stone‘s Artists 500 Chart. Since then, the band is relishing in its Gen Z-fueled rival, which brings them to Dallas on tour. Get tickets.