North Texas has seen plenty of blockbuster musical performances on stages large and small thus far in 2022 — Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, the Weeknd, Tripping Daisy and Kendrick Lamar, to name just a few — but the remaining months of the year promise just as many highlights to come, if not more. Here are a few forthcoming performances worthy of your attention and your hard-earned concert dollars.
Arguably one of the more underrated singer-songwriters of the moment, the Longview-born and Tulsa-based Moreland is touring behind his latest LP, Birds in the Ceiling. Raw-nerved and gripping, Moreland’s sonic style opens up a bit on Ceiling, but feels as bruising as ever.
It seems inconceivable influential English rockers Roxy Music are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Yet, Bryan Ferry and his bandmates (Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera) are out on the road doing just that. Given 40 years have passed since the release of Avalon, the band’s last LP, expect plenty of classics. Dallas-bred alt-rock firebrand St. Vincent opens.
The Fort Worth venue Tulips FTW, tucked away just south of Interstate 30, has quickly made a name for itself as a live music destination in less than two years. The intimate room reliably books an eclectic mix of acts, like the Tuareg group Tinariwen, which blends traditional West African music and rock for a potent combo dubbed “desert blues.”
More noteworthy September shows
Sept. 10: The Killers at Dickies Arena; Julia Jacklin at the Studio at the Factory
Sept. 11: Stereolab at House of Blues; Panic! at the Disco at Dickies Arena
Sept. 14: Rufus Wainwright at Majestic Theatre
Sept. 17: Alan Jackson at American Airlines Center; The Mountain Goats at Tulips FTW
Sept. 18: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes and Thundercat at Globe Life Field
Sept. 20: Dinosaur Jr. at Granada Theater
Sept. 22: Bob Mould at Tulips FTW
Sept. 22 & 23: The Mars Volta at the Factory in Deep Ellum
Sept. 24: Remi Wolf at the Studio at the Factory
Sept. 26: Wu-Tang Clan and Nas at Dos Equis Pavilion
Sept. 28: My Chemical Romance at American Airlines Center; Andrew Bird and Iron + Wine at Strauss Square; Florence + the Machine at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory; Metric at House of Blues
Sept. 29: Afghan Whigs at the HiFi Dallas; Diana Krall at Texas Trust CU Theatre
Sept. 30: “Weird Al” Yankovic at Majestic Theatre; The Black Angels at Granada Theater; Mom Jeans at South Side Music Hall
Many a Texas tooth was gnashed when Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire (collectively known as The Chicks) announced a spate of 2022 tour dates earlier this year, in support of 2020’s Gaslighter, and nary a Lone Star city was included. But of course The Chicks are coming home to roost, and for two nights, a first for the Grammy-winning band.
In partnership with Live Nation, Fort Worth restauranteur Tim Love is getting into the live music business with this Stockyards venue, which is scheduled to open Oct. 1. It’s bringing the heat early, though: Spoon is relatively scarce as a headliner on local stages, despite its Austin roots. The Britt Daniel-led outfit is touring behind its phenomenal new record, Lucifer on the Sofa.
The Houston-bred singer-songwriter Lizzo (she of the irresistible pop earworms like “Truth Hurts” or “About Damn Time”) graduates to her biggest North Texas gig yet, as the tour supporting her recently released studio album Special (her fourth overall) brings her to the expansive American Airlines Center.
More noteworthy October shows
Oct. 1: Muscadine Bloodline at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall; Ashanti at the State Fair of Texas; Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the State Fair of Texas; Girlpool at Sundown at Granada Theater; Gorillaz at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory; Momma at Three Links
Oct. 1-2: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at Kessler Theater
Oct. 2: Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction at American Airlines Center; Mary J. Blige at Dickies Arena; Flaming Lips at South Side Ballroom
Oct. 5: Pitbull at Dickies Arena
Oct. 6: Arlo Parks at the Studio at the Factory
Oct. 7: John Fullbright at Kessler Theater; Vandoliers at the State Fair of Texas; Arc Angels at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall; Christopher Cross at Will Rogers Auditorium; Madison Cunningham at Deep Ellum Art Company
Oct. 8: Roger Waters at American Airlines Center; Bonnie Raitt at Texas Trust CU Theatre; Mike Jones at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory; Morgan Wallen at Globe Life Field
Oct. 9: Morcheeba at House of Blues; Lucinda Williams at the State Fair of Texas; Titus Andronicus at Deep Ellum Art Company
Oct. 10: Carly Rae Jepsen at South Side Ballroom; Pusha T at House of Blues
Oct. 11: Noah Cyrus at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall; Marcus Mumford at Majestic Theatre; MUNA at The HiFi Dallas
Oct. 12: Lil Nas X at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Oct. 13: Phoenix at South Side Ballroom; Dwight Yoakam at Texas Trust CU Theatre; Noah Cyrus at the HiFi Dallas
Oct. 13-14: Will Hoge at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Oct. 14: Rosalia at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory; Reba McEntire at Dickies Arena; Rodney Crowell at Kessler Theater
Oct. 15: The Wallflowers at Granada Theater; Fitz & the Tantrums at the State Fair of Texas
Oct. 16: Shovels & Rope at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Oct. 17: Nick Mason at Texas Trust CU Theatre
Oct. 18: The Black Keys at Dos Equis Pavilion
Oct. 21: Get Loud with KXT at Klyde Warren Park; Joshua Ray Walker and Luna Luna
Oct. 21: Guided by Voices at Tulips FTW; Indigo Girls at Granada Theater; Post Malone at American Airlines Center; Girl Named Tom at the State Fair of Texas
Oct. 22: Ludacris at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall; Wynonna Judd at Dickies Arena; War and Treaty at Tulips FTW
Oct. 23: Nikki Lane at the Studio at the Factory
Oct. 25: The Jesus and Mary Chain at Granada Theater; Blackpink at American Airlines Center
Oct. 26: Post Malone at Dickies Arena; Puscifer at Will Rogers Auditorium; Gov’t Mule at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Oct. 27: Chris Stapleton at Dickies Arena
Oct. 28: Maren Morris at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory; Gogol Bordello at Granada Theater; Steve Lacy at the Factory in Deep Ellum
Oct. 29: The Misfits, Alice Cooper and Distillers at Dos Equis Pavilion; Jamey Johnson at the Factory in Deep Ellum
Oct. 30: Sophie B. Hawkins at the HiFi Dallas
Oct. 31: Plains (Waxahatchee, Jess Williamson and MJ Lenderman) at the Studio at the Factory
We’re a long way from “Barney & Friends.” The Grand Prairie-raised singer, songwriter and actor has tried on a variety of pop and rock guises over the course of her career. With her latest, Holy [Expletive], the 30-year-old reaches back to the early 1990s for a grungy, pop-punk vibe. It might read like lazy nostalgia, but Lovato pulls it off with panache.
It might save time to list the projects singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires isn’t involved in, such is her prodigious output. A member of husband Jason Isbell’s the 400 Unit, Shires also logs time in the Highwomen, drops in on everyone from Luke Combs to Shovels & Rope, and finds time to craft vivid solo albums like her latest, Take It Like a Man.
The British-born, Oklahoma-bred singer-songwriter known as Bartees Strange is having a breakout 2022. His sophomore effort, Farm to Table, is an absorbing blend of rock, pop, jazz and hip-hop, and has earned him widespread acclaim, as well as opening slots for the likes of Car Seat Headrest and Lucy Dacus.
More noteworthy November shows
Nov. 1: Mt. Joy at South Side Ballroom
Nov. 3: Lee Fields & The Expressions at the HiFi Dallas
Nov. 4-5: Foals at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Nov. 5: Lucius at the HiFi Dallas; Alvvays at the Studio at the Factory
Nov. 6: Durand Jones & the Indications at Granada Theater; Kelsey Waldon at Tulips FTW; Gipsy Kings at Strauss Square
Nov. 7: Mac DeMarco at South Side Ballroom; Beabadoobee at Granada Theater
Nov. 8: St. Lucia at the Studio at the Factory
Nov. 11: Rina Sawayama at South Side Ballroom; Toadies at House of Blues
Nov. 15: The 1975 at Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 16: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Nov. 18: Joe Pug at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Nov. 18-19: George Strait at Dickies Arena
Nov. 25: Eagles at Dickies Arena
Given Radiohead’s extended (permanent?) hiatus, the closest anyone is going to get to seeing those members perform on stage is through side projects like this one, which features Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, alongside drummer Tom Skinner. This post-punk-tinged effort is touring behind its Nigel Godrich-produced debut, A Light for Attracting Attention.
Wrap up your show-going year with a bit of seasonal cheer, courtesy Austin-bred singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson, who’ll bring her “Holiday Swingin’!” tour to the cozy confines of the Kessler Theater. Expect jazz-flavored renditions of Yuletide staples like “O Christmas Tree” and “Let It Snow.” This concert promises to be all cookies, no coal.
More noteworthy December shows
Dec. 7: Modest Mouse at South Side Ballroom
Dec. 8: DaBaby at South Side Ballroom; Sunny Day Real Estate at the Studio at the Factory; Bela Fleck and Punch Brothers at Majestic Theatre
Dec. 10-11: Marc Broussard at Kessler Theater
Dec. 13: Maneskin at South Side Ballroom
Dec. 14: Charley Crockett at South Side Ballroom
Dec. 15-16: Blue October at Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Dec. 17: Soccer Mommy at House of Blues
Preston Jones is a North Texas freelance writer and regular contributor to KXT. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter (@prestonjones). Our work is made possible by our generous, music-loving members. If you like how we lift up local music, consider becoming a KXT sustaining member right here.