Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 105

Best Punk Venue Three Links Three Links is punk to the core. Having an owner who’s a world-class tattoo artist is a good start, as are the one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn show posters. But everything about this club smacks of a no-bullshit approach that places the emphasis on the music, man. More important, Three Links is a venue that consistently punches above its weight, bring-ing in punk icons such as Sham 69 and Chee-tah Chrome on such a regular basis you’d think they have a non-compete clause with the rest of North Texas. Maybe they do, be-cause even though everyone is welcome, there’s no one who can hang. 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com Best Country Bar Love and War in Texas Texas country is somewhat different from red dirt country, quite different from alt-country and a whole hell of a lot different from bro-country. Texas country is real; it’s not full of glitz and glitter, and it’s not about trucks or bass fishing or taking shots or dancing. It’s about liv-ing in this nation’s greatest state and all that en-tails. That’s why Love and War in Texas is Dallas’ best country bar. It ignores everything else and just gives you the best in Texas country on as many nights of the week as possible. 2505 E. Grapevine Mills Circle, Grapevine, 972-724-5557, loveandwarintexas.com dallasobserver.com dallasobserver.com Fun Fun Fun Fest 1 0 YE AR AN N I V E RS AR Y AUS TIN, TE X AS AUDITORIUM SHORES FUNFUNFUNFES T.COM N O V 6 . 7. 8 SHOPPING/SERVICES | CULTURE/PEOPLE | FOOD/DRINK | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | SPORTS/RECREATION | Contents | the thread | Unfair Park | sChUtze | featUre | night+day | CUltUre | Movies | stage | dish | MUsiC | Classified | Readers’ Pick: Adair’s 2624 Commerce St., 214-939-9900, adairssaloon.com Best Pop-Up Concert J. Cole at House of Blues Every once in awhile, a concert winds up be-ing more notable as an event than as a pure live-music experience. Case in point: J. Cole’s secret concert at House of Blues. The North Carolina rapper announced the latest round of his ongoing Dollar and a Dream tour would kick off in Dallas at a location to be disclosed the day of the show. Sure enough, on Sunday, June 21, about 4,000 people con-verged on downtown in hopes of getting in. Police showed up, unaware of what was hap-pening, and social media was flooded with photos and videos. How’s that for inspired promotion? 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583, houseofblues. com/dallas Best Sports Bar Ojos Locos This is the best bar to watch soccer in Dallas. This is also the best bar to watch the Cowboys play, which you might find hard to believe be-cause it’s not located in some posh neighbor-hood or in an old rundown building. The clientele is 99 percent Latino, but gringos, don’t be shy. When a local team is playing, Ojos Locos is always packed out and it’s an amazingly good time. Really, there’s no better place to watch any game in Dallas. 10230 Technology Blvd. E., 972-354-5626, ojoslocos.com Wu-Tang Clan Chromeo ScHoolboy Q ODESZA Jane’s Addiction P L AY IN G RI T U A L D E L O H A B I T U A L Grimes Rae Sremmurd Neon Indian Hudson Mohawke Gesaffelstein MSTRKRFT CHVRCHES Future Islands RIDE Cheap Trick ANTEMASQUE Toro Y Moi NOFX Drive Like Jehu L7 Dag Nasty O NLY RE UNI O N S H O W DJ SET Best Viral Song “White Iverson” by Post Malone Local rappers have gotten their fair share of shine in 2015, thanks to collaborations with Dr. Dre and shout-outs in Noisey . But the most unexpected success story was that of unknown Grapevine ex-pat Post Malone, whose clever song “White Iverson” had Com-plex and XXL singing his praises. An ode to Allen Iverson’s notoriously careless spending habits ($40,000 at a strip club was no big deal), the track was a left-field hit and an in-advertently perfect anthem for Dallas, the city of $30,000 millionaires. Readers’ Pick: Henderson Tap House 2323 N. Henderson Ave. 972-677-7947, hendersontaphouse.com Best Gay Bar Round-Up Saloon This cowboy-themed bar is a Cedar Springs legend, and for good reason. In addition to the frequently cheap drink specials, cute boys (and girls) dressed in western wear and RuPaul’s Drag Race watch-parties, Round-Up is the place every celebrity in the world heads to when he or she visits Dallas. Lady Gaga is known to frequent the spot, and you can see plenty of Drag Race faves just enjoying cocktails and dancing to country tunes. Their karaoke night is also widely considered one of the best in the city, so don’t be afraid to bust out your best rendition of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” after a few Long Island iced teas. Maybe Gaga will discover you and you can ride her coattails all the way to stardom. 3912 Cedar Springs Road, 214-522-9611, roundupsaloon.com D’Angelo and the Vanguard Venom O NLY U S S H O W Gogol Bordello Desaparecidos Coheed and Cambria American Nightmare Tig Notaro Doug Benson Andrew W.K. GZA M O T I VA T I O NA L S P E A K I N G DALLAS OBSERVER OBSERVER DALLAS Best Jeopardy! Cameo Old 97’s “I’ll take ‘Rhett Miller’s White Jeans’ for $100, Alex.’” OK, that wasn’t the category that got everybody’s favorite cow punk — uh, alt-country — band from Dallas onto Jeopardy! , but we can dream, can’t we? The real $64,000 question (or, in this case, $800 question) asked, “The Old 97’s are a part of the musical genre known as this-country.” It was a fun 15 minutes of fame (well, 10 seconds) for Miller and the boys, who found out about it thanks to “book-smart fans.” No word on whether Trebek rocks out to Old 97’s, but Jeopardy! is Jeopardy! — even your grandparents can tell you that’s a big deal. Eugene Mirman Todd Barry Eric Andre Big Freedia T W E R K I N G L ESS O N S S eptember 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 Readers’ Pick: Grapevine Bar 3902 Maple Ave., 214-522-8466, grapevinebar.com T HE S C IE N C E O F HIP-H O P Jonah Ray Dr. Scott Bolton NA S A S C I E N T I S T Best Dance Club Station 4 If you’re really trying to shake your groove thing, Station 4 is the only place to go in Dal-las. This massive club on Cedar Springs is al-Skate + Ride #F F Ff es t featuring the Volcom Skate Team A N D MA N Y M O R E 5 105

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