May 9, 8 p.m. | The Factory in Deep Ellum
Long live the riot grrrl! Bikini Kill, one of the pioneering bands of the feminist punk sound, comes to Deep Ellum. Over the weekend, the feminist rock band critiqued state legislation against abortions at its Austin show. The band had hired Transgender Education Network of Texas and Little Petal Alliance to educate attendees about LGBTQ rights. Last Friday, the band donated proceeds from its Bandcamp page to support National Network of Abortion Funds. There is no words on if any Dallas-based LGBTQ or abortion rights organizations will be at tonight’s show, but the feminist spirit will be alive in the Deep Ellum venue. Purchase tickets.
May 12, 7 p.m. | House of Blues
Memphis and Dallas are kindred spirits. For decades, the two metropolitan cities have shared a fondness for each other’s respective sounds in hip-hop. Key Glock carries the Memphis torch as a leader in Yellow Tape 2, his latest album. Pitchfork described the rapper as a musician who “embodies the spirit of Southern rap more easily than any of the countless contemporary rappers who cite Three 6 Mafia as a formative influence.” Similar to his late cousin Young Dolph, Key Glock has a love for Dallas. Buy tickets to the new age Southern hip-hop leader live.
May 13, 7:30 p.m. | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
American folk singer Ray LaMontagne draws inspirations from Creedence Clearwater Revival and Southern rock to construct his personalized version of Americana music. Monovision, his eighth studio album, uses acoustic rock as an auditory background to talk about South Carolina, his mother, and tender moments of self introspection. Bluegrass singer Sierra Ferrell opens for the intimate night of rock and country. Get tickets.
May 13, 8:30 p.m. | Will Rogers Auditorium
It’s been a long time since Charley Crockett played on the streets of Deep Ellum. Now, the Billboard-charting singer-songwriter returns to North Texas to sing his eclectic mixture of Texas blues and a hint of New Orleans jazz. This year, the Texas singer will perform alongside WIllie Nelson and a roster of country-music greats at the Outlaw Music Festival in Austin. Although Crockett has ascended to a position of stardom, the singer remembers his Deep Ellum beginnings and aspires to evoke that intimate feeling at his show in Fort Worth. Get tickets.
Dave Matthews Band
May 14, 7:30 p.m. | Dos Equis Pavilion
Vibe out with the jam band. Since the 1990s, the Dave Matthews Band has wowed audiences with its acoustic, multi-use instrument performances. Buy tickets to watch the American rock band perform a medley of decade-spanning hits.