Friday, January 31, 2014 , Updated 3:01 p.m., February 12, 2014
13 concerts rocking Dallas-Fort Worth in February
The Eagles and Imagine Dragons return, Disclosure makes its Dallas debut, and Neutral Milk Hotel reunites.
After a slow start to the year in terms of live music, local venues are back to banging with concert offerings in February. From classic rock visionaries to indie and electronic sensations, there is something for every taste coming this month. Peep the best 13 concerts below.
Disclosure (February 1) — Electronic duo Disclosure, from the U.K., skyrocketed internationally with the release of their debut studio effort, Settle, in June 2013. The album’s infectious dance beats garnered spots among the top album lists in 2013. They are bringing the party to Dallas’ House of Blues, with support from Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. Sold out.
Willie Nelson (February 8) — Texas’ favorite homegrown hippie stops by the Eisemann Center in Richardson early in the month for an intimate night with another Lone Star staple, Asleep at the Wheel. Then, on February 28, Nelson & the Family bring their blend of southern country to Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma. Willie and the Wheel at the Eisemann Center is sold out.
Sting & Paul Simon (February 9) — Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. Rock icons Sting and Paul Simon will treat crowds at American Airlines Center to individual performances as well as a joint set.
Young the Giant (February 14) — Indie rockers Young the Giant are fresh off the release of the band’s sophomore studio effort, Mind Over Matter, which dropped January 17. Hear the new hits live at South Side Ballroom, with support from easy-breezy pop group Cayucas.
Neutral Milk Hotel (February 15) — One of the original indie rock bands, Neutral Milk Hotel has been performing coast to coast and overseas on a reunion tour. Members Jeff Magnum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster and Jeremy Barnes (finally) make it to Dallas’ Majestic Theatre this month for a solo show. Sold out.
Demi Lovato (February 17) — Dallas-bred diva Demi Lovato stops at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on her current Neon Lights Tour, named for the sexy single off her May 2013 release DEMI.
Though she doesn’t have an opener listed In addition to her openers Little Mix and Fifth Harmony, Lovato recently invited magician Collins Key on tour. Be prepared for some magical surprises.
The Eagles (February 19) — Apparently two sold out dates last October weren’t enough to curb demand for one of classic rock’s most esteemed bands. The Eagles return to American Airlines Center in February.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (February 20) — Detroit-based Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. brings its bled of electro-pop through Trees in Deep Ellum, riding high on the release of the band’s October release, The Speed of Things. English producer Chad Valley joins the tour.
Imagine Dragons (February 21) — With every trip to Dallas, Imagine Dragons graduates to a bigger venue. The same can be said when the Grammy winners return to American Airlines Center on the coattails of two sold-out performances at South Side Ballroom last October.
Dr. Dog (February 22) — Philadelphia-bred indie rockers Dr. Dog swing through House of Blues in support of the band’s latest album, B-Room, which dropped last October. The band is bringing along its brother in rugged pop, Saint Rich.
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Coolio Young MC and Digital Underground (February 22) — You can thank Ninja Turtles superfan Jared Guynes for booking these ‘90s rap idols. Guynes crowdsourced more than $35,000 to make his childhood dream — an “epic” party with the Ninja Turtles and Vanilla Ice — come true. Join the pizza party at South Side Music Hall in Dallas.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band (February 23) — Ready your dancing shoes when Robert Randolph & the Family Band rock through Granada Theater in support of the band’s latest album, Lickety Split. Expect healthy helpings of funk and rhythm & blues from the headliner, as well as from opener Ben Miller Band.
Pixies (February 28) — Iconic ‘90s grunge band the Pixies round out their latest American and Canadian tour with stops in Dallas (at South Side Ballroom) and Austin. The four-piece, which now includes bassist Kim Shattuck’s replacement Paz Lenchantin, is touring in support of EP-1 and EP-2, its first collection of new material in 20 years.Follow @tineywristwatch
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