Some weeks are great for gardening or film fests or football. But occasionally, a week pops us where the only appropriate thing to do is say goodbye to sleep and crank things up to 11 for a fleet of concerts. Here's your guide to a rock 'n' roll tour through Dallas-Fort Worth.
Friday, April 27
Don't bother bringing your phone to this show (which also takes place on Sunday, April 29). You won't be able to capture shots of White offering up new songs from his enigmatic new record Boarding House Reach. He's making everyone lock them up in pouches before he begins. At the Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., Dallas. Details.
Last year, British shoegaze trailblazers Slowdive returned after many years away. Their 2017 Fortress Festival set was my favorite of the weekend, so having the Granada Theater's glorious stage all to themselves should make for an epic event. At the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas.
Saturday, April 28
There's more than rock at the wonderfully eclectic second Fortress Festival -- though Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett and The Voidz (the latest project from famed leader of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas) are worth going for by themselves. And don't miss out on local rock notables Pearl Earl and Henry the Archer. The festival continues Sunday, April 29. Located in and around the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Details.
Ron Gallo's 2017 LP, Heavy Meta, is a psych-tinted garage rock dream. This year's fuzzed-out Really Nice Guys EP is a more satirical concept record, taking aim at the awkward life of a musician who has yet to make it anywhere close to his first gold record. There's only one Ron Gallo, and that's both not enough yet all we can handle at the same time. At Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., Dallas.
With roots in Denton, Brooklyn's indie-rock Parquet Courts have won praises from critics for almost a decade. Wide Awake, the group's upcoming album, is produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells), and is sure to keep their well-deserved streak of high acclaim rolling. At Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St., Dallas. Details.
Sunday, April 29
Ask your favorite hard rock artist who his or her favorite band is and there's a solid chance Melvins are the answer. Known as Kurt Cobain's favorite band, Melvins' thundering, punishing sound has influenced multiple generations of alternative and metal bands around the globe. At Trees, 2709 Elm St., Dallas. Details.
Tuesday, May 1
Desert Daze Caravan
This nomadic cabal featuring LA-based lo-fi rock oddball Ariel Pink serves as a precursor for the annual Desert Daze festival, taking place in October in California. Arrive early for JJUUJJUU, another Los Angeles act specializing in mind-bending swirls of light and color. At Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St., Dallas. Details.
Thursday, May 3
Afghan Whigs, Built To Spill
If a thrift store-shopping, indie-loving kid in 1996 had drawn up her dream double bill, there's a good chance it would result in an Afghan Whigs and Built to Spill show. Both lauded bands are creative forces long after the post-grunge alternative rock boom shot them to stardom. Which means that indie-rock kid from decades ago will happily find a sitter and gas up the minivan for this bill in the here and now. At House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. Details.