As the summer gets hotter, so does the Dallas music scene. From small venues in Deep Ellum to larger shows at the Palladium Ballroom and Granada Theater, this month’s got a show for anyone’s taste in music. And, with Ke$ha and Selena Gomez performing at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, I really do mean everyone.
Here are  picks for the four can’t miss shows in Dallas this month:

The Dear Hunter

August 23, 2011 7:30pm


The Dear Hunter and their full suite of three (3!) opening bands. The Dear Hunter is fronted by Casey Crescenzo, who used to be a member of hard-rockin’ band The Receiving End of Sirens. This new project is a bit toned down, a bit more progressive rock, and with some great lyrics (that you can actually hear!)

What to expect: A jam-tastic show, with hours of music, thanks to the multitude of opening acts.

Sia at the Granada Theater

August 7, 2011 7:00pm

The Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-9933

Sia, an indie female singer-songwriter, brings her diverse vocal power to the Granada Theater on August 7. An Australian touring the U.S. by way of Britain, performing songs from her 2010 album We Are Born. You might know her from her song Breathe Me which has probably made an appearance on at least 5 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.

What to expect: a lot of indie head banging (the less head movement, the better), beautiful vocals and lots and lots of hipsters.

Handsome Furs at Club Dada

August 27, 2011 Doors open at 7:00pm Show 8:00pm

Club Dada
2720 Elm St
Dallas, TX

The Handsome Furs are made up of Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and his wife Alexei Perry. Yes, the Canadians are a’comin’ to Dallas. And they are bringing their own brand of electronic music with them. This show features songs from their latest album Song Kapital, which was written entirely on keyboards, and heavily inspired by 1980s European electronic and industrial music.

What to expect: I’m not entirely sure, but their music is really, really good. So go. And try something new.

Ke$ha at Gexa Energy Pavilion

August 4, 2011 7:30pm

Gexa Energy Pavilion
1818 First Ave
Dallas, Texas

Don’t lie – whenever Tik, Tok comes on your radio, you crank it up and turn your car into a club. It happens. Imagine what will happen when the entire venue starts dancing along to Ke$ha’s autotuned… melodies. Magic, people. Magic.

What shows are on your list this month?

Alyssa is a nightlife blogger and local music aficionado currently residing in East Dallas. She writes for a local happy hour website and her personal blog, and can frequently be found tweeting about her favorite bars and bands