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Fall concert preview

Posted 9:01am on Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

The concert calendar is stacked from here to New Year’s Eve, with all manner of superstar making a stop in North Texas before year’s end. Here are 10 can’t miss shows worth your hard-earned cash.

Daniel Johnston, the Baptist Generals at Kessler Theater (Sept. 28): With impressive swiftness, Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater has played host to some truly unforgettable concerts (this year alone, Lucinda Williams and the Relatives, to name just two, have dazzled crowds there). Add another to the list: Iconoclastic Austin singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston will bring his cracked folk-rock songs to North Texas, with an assist from Denton’s beloved Baptist Generals, themselves just a few months removed from a well-received sophomore LP, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart. ($17.50-$25; prekindle.com)

Queens of the Stone Age, Savages at Verizon Theatre (Oct. 5): Touring in support of this year’s critically acclaimed … Like Clockwork, Josh Homme and his hard-rocking Queens of the Stone Age bandmates will tear into North Texas, bringing along with them one of 2013’s biggest buzz bands, the British post-punk foursome Savages. Get there early, whatever you do. ($42.50-$49.50; axs.com)

Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira at Verizon Theatre (Oct. 10): Spilling over into North Texas as part of this year’s two-weekend Austin City Limits Music Festival bonanza, this New York indie pop outfit is touring the country behind its third full-length, the welcome return to form Modern Vampires of the City. Lacing its cerebral songs with multi-culti attitude and electronic flourishes, Vampire Weekend has something for everyone to sink their teeth into. ($40; axs.com)

Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko at South Side Music Hall (Oct. 17): This British singer-songwriter’s icy hit Wildest Moments heralded her arrival on American shores, where she’s part of the quiet soul-pop revolution across the pond. For her debut North Texas performance, expect plenty of moody beauty and memorable songs. ($20; ticketmaster.com)

Jamey Johnson at Billy Bob’s Texas (Oct. 26): Although this barrel-chested troubadour was just in town for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic this summer, he’s returning to the world’s largest honky-tonk to do what he does best: sing genuine, relatable songs carved from the hard luck and tough breaks of everyday life. ($15-$25; tickets.billybobstexas.com)

Father John Misty, Kate Berlant at House of Blues (Oct. 28): This freewheeling singer-songwriter (aka Josh Tillman) has been a near-constant presence in North Texas since the 2012 release of his debut LP Fear Fun. He’s back once again, although this time the show is being pitched as more of a comedy event. So, expect the unexpected. ($20; livenation.com)

Janelle Monae at House of Blues (Nov. 9): She’s got one of the year’s masterpieces (The Electric Lady) to her credit, and in concert, Janelle Monae delivers spectacle as likely to make you think as it is to make you dance. Erykah Badu guests on Monae’s new LP, so keep an eye peeled for possible cameos. ($25-$39; livenation.com)

Rihanna at American Airlines Center (Nov. 11): Returning after postponing her Dallas show this past spring because of illness, the pop superstar comes back to the arena she literally (and accidentally) caught on fire in 2011. Still touring behind her latest multiplatinum long-player Unapologetic, Rihanna will bring the splashy spectacle and smoldering (y’know, metaphorically) sensuality. ($39.50-$125; ticketmaster.com)

Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar at American Airlines Center (Dec. 6): Bar none, one of 2013’s most anticipated shows. It’s been five years since West toured solo, but only two since he was last in North Texas, touring in support of his collaborative album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. Hip-hop’s reigning enfant terrible returns in the wake of his controversial Yeezus, which divided critics and fans. Love or hate him, however, one thing’s certain: West will leave an impression. (Prices TBA; ticketmaster.com)

Jay-Z at American Airlines Center (Dec. 22): Although his Magna Carta … Holy Grail album was a disappointment (albeit one that went platinum in the blink of an eye), this rap mogul can still bring it live like few of his peers even dream of doing. A Jay-Z concert is thrilling from start to finish, a glimpse at one man’s prowess with little more than a mic and his mind. ($32.50-$150; ticketmaster.com)

— Preston Jones

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