WATCH: CSS’ new video ‘Hit Me Like a Rock’

Today, Pitchfork premiered CSS’ newest video “Hit Me Like a Rock,” wherein the band teaches you how to dance. And I know some people who could use this.

This is perfect timing as the band is about to embark on tour again, this time with fellow queer musicians MEN. They were here back in April with Sleigh Bells at the Granada. Now, they come back to House of Blues Oct. 28. Select dates from their tour will feature local drag queens. I wonder if we’ll get to see any of our own on the HOB stage that night.

In the meantime, check out the band’s fun new vid below. You might learn a few moves, too.

—  Rich Lopez

The Go-Go’s tonight at HOB

They (still) got the beat

Call it nostalgia, call it fun, but all of it’s good. With their iconic infectious ’80s tunes, The Go-Go’s are back (although they said they never went away) and are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Beauty and the Beat. That alone is hard to beleive, but they come to town and for a little chunk of tonight, they’ll take the audience on a little “Vacation.” Lesbi-centric rockers Girl in a Coma from San Antonio open the show.

Check out our interview with guitarist Jane Wiedlin here.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. $40–$75.

—  Rich Lopez

Have a heavy metal holiday with Halford at House of Blues

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford makes one stop in Dallas

Last year, some of us (OK, one of us) were excited about Rob Halford’s eponymous-named band releasing a holiday album. Metal and Christmas? And with the lead singer from Judas Priest? It was gonna be awesome. But since then, Halford has released the album, Made for Metal, and the tour makes one stop in the whole state of Texas — and it’s here. The band stops at House of Blues tonight with Philm supporting. We’re hoping since it is December, the gay metal icon will whip out some Christmas carols as only he can. At the very least, we know he should be rocking the leather daddy look. We’re hoping anyway.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. 8 p.m. $20–$35.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Deborah Vial returns to Dallas with Amy Hanaialii Gilliom at HOB Aug. 20

Even though singer Deborah Vial traded in Dallas for Hawaii, she’s still a favorite in the local scene. But when she comes back to town, it’s always a homecoming kind of a big deal. Usually she can be found performing at Sue Ellen’s, but later this month, she steps on over to the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room.

Vial performs at House of Blues Aug. 20 with Hawaiian vocalist Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, who Vial assures us is a must-see. Here is Vial’s message about the upcoming show.

This is Deborah Vial and we are coming back to Dallas to play the House of Blues with Amy Hanaialii Gilliom on August 20th. Here is how it happened.

We have been watching Amy sing in the islands for years, she is truly regarded as the voice of Hawaii. She has been nominated four times for a Grammy (never won which makes her almost Susan Lucci-ish). Very gay friendly and has a large gay following. UNBELIEVABLE voice. She speaks fluent Hawaiian. Totally hot.

There is this bizarre Texas-Hawaii connection — wherever we go in Hawaii, we meet people from Texas. One night, over dinner, we suggested she come to Dallas to spread her talent around. She agreed and now we are opening for her at the Dallas House of Blues to try and introduce her to Texans. She will singing some Hawaiian, some jazz and some pop.

Gilliom and Vial play House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

—  Rich Lopez