Kacey Musgraves at State Fair of Texas
The latest country star to emerge from East Texas, 25-year-old Kacey Musgraves is having a monster year. Fresh from releasing her debut LP, Same Trailer Different Park, and opening a string of dates for Kenny Chesney earlier this year (including a stop at AT&T Stadium), Musgraves returns to North Texas and another large performance space, the State Fair of Texas. As she told me prior to her May appearance in Arlington, Musgraves is focused on “bringing ... open-mindedness to country,” and thus far, her efforts are being justly rewarded: Musgraves was nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards, including female vocalist of the year, and is up for six CMA awards, including album of the year.
8:30 p.m. Friday. Silverado Main Stage at State Fair of Texas, Dallas. Free with fair admission.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge
Alabama Shakes isn’t the only buzzy rock band roaring out of the Deep South. Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires is another act bursting with raw potential, led by the guitar-slinging frontman. The Birmingham-based band is touring behind its first record, There Is a Bomb in Gilead (the title is derived, according to the band’s bio, from Bains mishearing a hymn’s title as a youngster), and will bring its patented brand of self-described “radical rock ’n’ roll” to one of Fort Worth’s most intimate listening rooms. With Austin Lucas.
8 p.m. Wednesday. The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth. $10.
Index Festival in Deep Ellum
For its second year, Spune’s Index Festival (“indie next” gives you “index”) spreads from its inaugural venue, Trees, to encompass nearly every club in Deep Ellum, including Three Links, the Prophet Bar, Club Dada, Twilite Lounge and the Boiler Room. The line-up, divided between two days, is gobsmackingly good — headliners include Run the Jewels, Titus Andronicus, Girl Talk and a small mountain of top-notch local acts, including Telegraph Canyon, Year of the Bear, Blackstone Rangers and Sam Lao. Music lovers, thy cup runneth over.
4 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Various venues, Deep Ellum. $39-$59.