Tuesday, August 20, 2013
13 great indie bands coming to Dallas this fall
Get tickets now so you can boast, "I saw them before they were big."
With Austin City Limits just around the corner and round two of 2013's Untapped Festival set for September in Dallas, many of the hottest up-and-coming indie acts around are stopping through Big D this fall.
It's great news for underground music fans, as well as those who don't want to spend a ton on tickets. Most shows average $25 per ticket, with a few as low as $12 per person.
August 23: Cold War Kids at South Side Music Hall: The indie rockers from California boast raging piano and refined vocals that’ll get your blood pumping.
August 24: Icona Pop at House of Blues: This Swedish pop duo is all over the airwaves with the single “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX, who also appears in Dallas later this fall). Icona Pop's mega-hit almost erased their indie cred, but the band still has a relatively undiscovered full length album.
September 7: Untapped Festival with Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales, Cults, Blackalicious, and Leagues at Gilley’s: Forget the endless amounts of beer to drink, this annual event invited some stellar indie acts across multiple genres. We recommend Cults and Delta Spirit.
September 12: Austra at Trees: Canada goes electro with this beat-heavy group featuring some of the best female vocals around.
September 16: Daughter at the Kessler Theater: Beautifully melancholy, British folk-rockers Daughter are quickly making a name for themselves, with features on Grey’s Anatomy and Vampire Diaries. If you like Feist, you’ll love Daughter.
September 22: The Weeknd at Verizon Theatre: What started as a series of free online mixtapes from The Weeknd turned them into a worldwide sensation in less than year. Abel Tesfaye, the man behind the sweet-talking falsetto, mixes contagious beats and hypnotizing lyrics for a fresh spin on today’s hip hop.
September 29: Alt-J at House Of Blues: Refreshing and convoluted, this indie rock band out of Leeds, England, blends energized drums, a shifting falsetto, and booming, succinct harmonies that’ll leave you dazed.
September 29: Charli XCX at Club Dada: Soaring, youthful vocals laid across funky, ethnic beats usually associated with Santigold or MIA are finally paying off for the 21-year old British singer Charli XCX. She’s been at it for a few years now, releasing singles since 2008 and a full-length earlier this year.
UPDATE: Charli XCX canceled some U.S. dates -- the Dallas show included -- to open for Paramore in the U.K.
October 7: MS MR at House of Blues: This New York duo knows how to build a satisfyingly electric record: by combining Lizzy Plapinger’s smoky chords, swelling melodies, and start-stop tempos.
October 8: Haim at Trees: It'll be a small show, but Haim at Trees is at the top of our list, and waiting to get tickets isn't a risk you should be willing to take. The family band out of California is reliving the best of the '80s with flowing manes and sunny female harmonies you’ll want to put on repeat.
October 10: Vampire Weekend at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie: Although not quite the underground act, Vampire Weekend started small and are now making waves with 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. Note that this is the only show on the list that is not in Dallas proper.
October 12: The National and Tame Impala at South Side Ballroom (formerly Palladium Ballroom): One of the priciest shows on the list, at $37.50 per person, both bands have proven they’re worth the price tag by making Rolling Stones’ August list of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Touring Now.” Bringing in two completely different styles, the National weighs in with their darker, moodier rock while Tame Impala opens with their shoe-gazing, psychedelic approach.