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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Week: May 3 – 8

Indie rock kicks off the first week of live music in Dallas for May. Followed, by a selection of pop rock, country, hip-hop and R&B for Mother's Day.
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Snail Mail

May 3, 8 p.m. | The Studio at the Factory

Snail Mail released Lush, her debut studio album, when she was 16. The album earned positive reviews and wound up on plenty “Best Of” lists in 2018. But all that sudden attention made the teenager retreat from the spotlight. She took a yearslong hiatus from songwriting. The singer-songwriter has since found solace in her parent’s house, where she reconnected with a childlike love of music. This insular period led to Valentine, her acclaimed sophomore album that was released in November 2021. Pitchfork describes her songwriting as “dazzling sharp and passionate.Buy tickets to witness Snail Mail’s maturation in person.


May 4, 8 p.m. | Trees

Last year, Rotimi welcomed Adeoluwa Akinosho, his first child, into the world with Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee. Their romantic relationship and the birth of a son inspired the singer’s recent transition from sexually-charged songwriter to a creator of thoughtful, compassionate ballads. The Nigerian American described his evolution to VIBE as “a different energy. You become somebody different—your full self.” His evolved self, a considerate romantic partner and father, is a distinct change from his character on Power, but is welcome to his longtime fans. Purchase tickets for you and your boo.

Freddie Gibbs

May 5, 7 p.m. | The Echo Lounge

Freddie Gibbs has been busy. The rapper currently stars as Chauncey on Bust Down, opposite Emmy winner and SNL’s Chris Redd and comedians Sam Jay, Jak Knight, and Langston Kerman. In an interview with Vulture, Gibbs characterized his acting pivot as the fulfillment of a longtime dream. Buy tickets to see the Grammy nominated rapper before he earns an Emmy nomination—and maybe takes an even longer time to grace a stage in Dallas.


May 5, 7:30 p.m. | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

The Haim sisters are in the midst of a fruitful few years. In March, the trio participated in Coach’s campaign for Spring/Summer 2022. One third of the band, Alana Haim, received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice nominations for her breakout role in last year’s Licorice Pizza. Prepare for this week’s concert with a sneak peek of the setlist, which is in support of 2020’s Women in Music Pt. III. Get tickets.

The Avett Brothers

May 5, 8 p.m. | Texas Trust CU Theatre

After 20 years in the spotlight, The Avett Brothers returned to their acoustic roots on 2020’s Third Gleam. The album’s simplistic nature circles back to the band’s origins, hinting at an organic period of bluegrass music and roots stylings. With the exception of a few drive-in shows, fans have not been able to hear the brothers’ latest live. Buy tickets.

Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight

May 8, 7:30 p.m. | Texas Trust CU Theatre

Did you know Boyz II Men was the template for 1990’s boy bands? According to Netflix’s This Is Pop, the iconic R&B group was the framework for best-selling bands like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and 98 Degrees. At the height of their popularity, the group was known for a pioneering style of layering R&B vocals on top of hip-hop beats. Similar to Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight’s soul-derived vocal stylings influenced generations of R&B singers. Get tickets for your mother to be serenaded by a pair of R&B greats on Mother’s Day.


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