Arts & Culture

Preston’s picks: Run the Jewels at House of Blues; Garbage at South Side Ballroom

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels at House of Blues

To make a name in hip-hop, a certain amount of brash behavior is all but mandatory. (Kids these days call it “having swag.”) But bold actions — and make no mistake, acclaimed duo Run the Jewels, known individually as El-P and Killer Mike, is one of the most brazenly talented acts out there — seem pretty puny when compared with Run the Jewels’ latest gambit. The pair, taking inspiration from a flippant remark, recently re-released its sophomore album with — wait for it — remixes full of cat noises. No, really — Meow the Jewels is available for free download, with, naturally, a double-LP set featuring faux fur also on sale. This mix of silly and serious (Killer Mike has been an eloquent, outspoken critic of this year’s spasms of police violence) makes Run the Jewels an electrifying experience. The duo’s concerts are as heady and vivid as everything else it undertakes. With Boots.

9 p.m. Monday. House of Blues, Dallas. $20-$25.

Garbage at South Side Ballroom

Two decades slipped past in the blink of an eye, and here we are, noting the 20th anniversary of Garbage’s dour, self-titled debut. Anchored by the grim charisma of singer Shirley Manson, Garbage, which co-founder Butch Vig has repeatedly, amusingly noted was never intended to become a primary occupation, has nevertheless endured, despite a couple of pauses, before re-forming in 2011. The quartet’s most recent album, Not Your Kind of People, was released three years ago, but it’s the songs found on 1995’s Garbage animating this current tour. With Torres.

8 p.m. Thursday. South Side Ballroom, Dallas. $35.