The area known as Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas, is slowly turning back into one of Dallas' best places to watch live music, and, in addition to listening to tunes, there is plenty of good shopping and eating to be had as well.
I met Ryan, the gentleman pictured above, outside of Lula B's (a boutique, second-hand store), who had just done a bit of shopping. He told me it is tough to take in all that Deep Ellum has to offer in just a day, so plan to make this area a repeat visit. From downtown you can reach Deep Ellum using the DART light rail system.
In terms of eats, I highly recommend Serious Pizza which serves hand tossed pizza along with locally crafted beer (perfect combo) and Lemongrass, an Asian fusion eatery where all dishes are sure to please.