Even on a slow week, there's enough live music around town to make a person wish cloning existed.
This week? Forget about it -- there are days where even four versions of yourself couldn't feasibly see all the great shows on tap.
Whether promoters just want to take advantage of the coolish fall weather, or we're seeing a weird quirk of tour routing, or -- just maybe -- the North Texas area has hit a sweet spot bordering on oversaturation, there are an abundance of concert options for music fans of all tastes this week.
Provided you're a gonzo live-music fan, it's possible to see more than one show a night (for example, it would be possible to start out at the Fort Worth Music Festival on Friday, and then head over to Dallas or east Fort Worth to see something that evening). Do a little planning and map out your shows strategically, and your ears will reap the rewards.
And that's where we come in. We've rounded up a healthy selection of concerts scheduled over the next seven days, and sorted them stylistically to help give you a leg (an ear?) up on where to hear what excites you most. Whether you want to gorge on arena shows, get lost in the club scene or simply spend a few days outdoors soaking up live music, there's something for everyone -- so get busy listening.
First, we need to talk about Cowtown's great big weekend-long bonanza.
Fort Worth Music Festival at Will Rogers Memorial Center
For its second year, the Fort Worth Music Festival (formerly known as Jazz By the Boulevard) isnt messing with its formula too much.
Two stages, more than 20 bands (a healthy mix of local, regional and national acts; see the full schedule below), plenty of eye-popping visual art and mouth-watering food trucks (for more on food trucks at the fest, click here), and a general laid-back attitude befitting the city that gives the two-day gathering its name.
This years headliners include a mix of indie rock, local favorites and, of course, a little jazz: Supersuckers, Reverend Horton Heat, Charles Bradley, Dr. Dog, Kevin Eubanks and Dallas gospel greats the Relatives are scheduled to perform.
Fort Worth is being represented by rising Texas music star Hudson Moore, native sons Telegraph Canyon (hard at work on new songs), Whiskey Folk Ramblers, the psych-pop of the Cush and bravura jazz-funk collective Gunga Galunga.
Expect chill vibes, great tunes and (weather permitting) an absolutely gorgeous space to enjoy the first days of fall in Texas. And, as in years past, proceeds from this years Fort Worth Music Festival will benefit the work of Camp Bowie District, a not-for-profit organization that works to preserve and promote Camp Bowie Boulevard.
(Be sure to check the festivals website, www.fwfest.com, for a full list of after-party shows, which keep the music going until the wee hours at several area clubs like Lolas Saloon, Magnolia Motor Lounge and Capital Bar.)
But the Fort Worth Music Festival is only the tip of the iceberg this week.
For those about to rock
Fastball at Kessler Theater
Admit it: The Way still gets stuck in your head from time to time. Although more than a decade has passed since that song ruled radio, it's arguably still the tune Miles Zuniga and his bandmates are most known for. The Austin rockers have maintained a steady pace in the intervening years, touring and recording (Fastball's most recent LP is 2009's Little White Lies), and they make a stop in Oak Cliff this weekend. With Dovetail.
7 p.m. Friday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. $12-$20. prekindle.com.
The Werks at 2826 Arnetic
Fort Worth's Race Street doesn't boast many (read: any) live-music venues, so the migration of 2826 Arnetic from Deep Ellum to Fort Worth's east side is significant. Originally slated to open in the summer, the debut show was pushed back to late September, but Ohio rockers the Werks will help christen this new, 3,000-square-foot space. With Katsuk and Mora Collective.
9 p.m. Friday. 3000 Race St., Fort Worth. $10. facebook.com/2826Arnetic.
Florence and the Machine at Gexa Energy Pavilion
The flame-haired British sensation has already stopped in North Texas once this year, for a sold-out show at Palladium Ballroom. Still riding high on the success of her sophomore LP, Ceremonials, Florence Welch returns Sunday to a much larger space, bringing with her songs to match -- Shake It Out just might lift the roof off the place. With the Maccabees.
7 p.m. Sunday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $25-$59.50. Live Nation.
Red Hot Chili Peppers at American Airlines Center>
Earlier this year, head Pepper Anthony Kiedis jacked up his foot, and the resulting recovery time pushed back the start of the RHCP tour from March. The funk-rockers are making good on the previously scheduled engagement, however, ahead of their Austin City Limits Music Festival headlining slot (alas, previous opener Janelle Monae isn't making the return trip). With Band of Skulls.
8 p.m. Tuesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $42.50-$62.50. Ticketmaster.
All-American Rejects at House of Blues
Given Tyson Ritter and company's ease with crafting slick, radio-dominating singles, it's simple to take the band for granted, especially as it eases into its 12th year. Don't make that mistake. The Oklahoma-formed group's fourth studio album, Kids in the Street, was released this spring and shows that the guys are still in fine form. It's also the impetus for this co-headlining jaunt with Boys Like Girls. With the Ready Set.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. House of Blues, Dallas. $27.50-$49. Live Nation.
Curling up with country
Wanda Jackson at Granada Theater
The grande dame of rockabilly (she once dated Elvis Presley, which cements her street cred in our book) is still kickin' it well into her 70s, with a new, Justin Townes Earle-produced album, Unfinished Business, due out Oct. 9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a treat in concert, vibrant and quick with a story. Don't pass up a chance to see a living legend in action. With Daniel Romano.
8 p.m. Thursday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $24-$49. granadatheater.com.
State Fair of Texas at Fair Park
This is more of an ingrained tradition than a concert, but the State Fair routinely brings in big names for its main stage. For its opening weekend, Kevin Costner and his country-rock band, Modern West, will satisfy celebrity seekers Saturday, while Uncle Kracker, who has undergone a transformation from hip-hop DJ to country crooner, will take the stage Sunday. In between bites of fried jambalaya and gulps of lemonade, check the State Fair's website for a full list of future concerts, which continue each weekend until the event's conclusion Oct. 21.
10 a.m. Friday, continuing through Oct. 21. Fair Park, Dallas. $16 general admission. www.bigtex.com.
Marty Stuart at Arlington Music Hall
Pinning down Marty Stuart is a tricky proposition -- he has dabbled in bluegrass and gospel and helped lead the trad-country revival, among other pursuits. Lately, he has been infatuated with the ghosts of Nashville, and has made a pair of powerful albums, 2010's Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions and this year's Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down.
7:30 p.m. Friday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $25-$50. arlingtonmusichall.com.
Turnpike Troubadours at Billy Bob's Texas
These fast-rising, Oklahoma-bred alt-country stars are fixtures in Fort Worth; Evan Felker and his musical collaborators are earning solid notices for their latest long-player, Goodbye Normal Street. The group's sound is a smart mix of incisive lyrics, gritty rock and back-roads country charisma. See the Troubadours now before they're filling up arenas.
10:30 p.m. Friday. Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth. $10-$15. billybobstexas.com/concerts.
The Pistol Annies at Billy Bob's Texas
Miranda Lambert can't sit still. It's not enough that she's got an awards-bedecked, critically beloved solo career (fresh off her latest LP, Four the Record), but she's also a part of this feisty trio (who made an appearance during Lambert's sold-out Gexa Energy Pavilion show this summer). Blending the best of Nashville tradition with a distinctly modern attitude, these Pistols (Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley fill out the trio) are smokin' and this gig is sold out, so a little extra elbow grease will be required to attend.
10:30 p.m. Saturday. Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth. Sold out. billybobstexas.com/concerts.
Seeking soulful singer-songwriters
Sondre Lerche at Club Dada
This Norwegian singer-songwriter has quietly built an idiosyncratic career rooted in classic pop, but is also quite comfortable with jazz idioms. He also has ties to North Texas, as his 2011 self-titled studio album featured collaborations with, among others, Midlake's McKenzie Smith. Lerche unveiled a live album, Bootlegs, earlier this year. With Fancy Colors.
8 p.m. Thursday. Club Dada, Dallas. $15-$17. Front Gate Tickets.
John Prine at Majestic Theatre
It's safe to call John Prine one of America's greatest singer-songwriters. He casts a long shadow over modern folk and country music, as evidenced by the 2010 compilation Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, which featured some heavy hitters -- My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the Avett Brothers -- paying tribute to the man and his work. The fact that Alejandro Escovedo is opening is merely icing on the cake.
8 p.m. Friday. Majestic Theatre, Dallas. $47-$57. Ticketmaster.
Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Theatre
Her first new album in nearly a decade, Slipstream, finds the husky-voiced guitar slinger in fine form and mounting her first significant tour of the U.S. in some time. Come for I Can't Make You Love Me (or Something to Talk About) and stay for the beautifully performed forays into blues, Raitt's true love. With the Randall Bramlett Band.
8 p.m. Saturday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $35.50-$75.50. www.axs.com.
Will Johnson at Texas Theatre
Centro-matic frontman (and member of a kazillion other bands) Will Johnson is something of a revered figure around here. Part of that stems from his time at the University of North Texas, but he's also beloved for his keenly felt solo output, like the stirring new record Scorpion, which brings him back 'round for an intimate show sure to be remembered as one of the year's finest. With Anders Parker.
9 p.m. Tuesday. Texas Theatre, Dallas. $12. Prekindle.
Hunting down hipster sounds
Animal Collective at House of Blues
Few indie-rock acts better understand the Internet's fickle attention spans better than Baltimore-formed Animal Collective. Just three short years ago, the Web lost its collective mind in anticipation of AnCo's Merriweather Post Pavilion, with many music writers declaring the event a watershed moment in the industry's advancing digitalization. For the new Centipede Hz, the hype is considerably muted, as was critical opinion. With Micachu and the Shapes.
9 p.m. Thursday. House of Blues, Dallas. $30-$35. Live Nation.
The Octopus Project at Trees
As with most Austin-based acts, it's easy to take an adventurous band like the Octopus Project for granted. Yet, seeing the band whip a room into a frenzy (as it did recently in Arlington, opening for buzzy electro-pop outfit Passion Pit) reminds you of this instrumental group's considerable potency. The Project continues to tour in support of 2010's Hexadecagon. With Zhora.
7 p.m. Friday. Trees, Dallas. $15-$17. Front Gate Tickets.
The Hood Internet at Club Dada
Keeping up with the evolution of hip-hop can be especially daunting when the boundaries seem to be ever-changing. Take the Hood Internet (Chicago-based duo Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell), which mashes up classic rap with indie rock, to often intoxicating effect (they've stitched together Swizz Beatz and Radiohead, for example). The pair's sixth installment of its ongoing mixtape series can be downloaded for free at thehoodinternet.com. The Hood Internet's debut LP of original tracks, Feat, arrives Oct. 2. With Body Language, Kid Static and Oscillator Bug.
7 p.m. Sunday. Club Dada, Dallas. $12-$15. Front Gate Tickets.
Menomena at Granada Theater
This Portland experimental rock duo is touring behind its just-released album, Moms, but this show has the added bonus of being the Granada Theater's eighth-anniversary shindig. What better way to celebrate the Dallas venue, long a champion of edgy alternative acts, than to bask in the glow of some indie rock? Skinny jeans optional. With Team Tomb and PVT.
8 p.m. Tuesday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $20. granadatheater.com.