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Around Cowtown: Mean Motor Scooter at Division Brewing

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Special to DFW.COM

I’ve been hearing about this band, Mean Motor Scooter, for a while now, but I always seem to just miss them. Sunday, Roar Shack drummer Charlie Debolt was having a birthday party at Division Brewing in Arlington — and on the list of bands there to help him celebrate was Mean Motor S... Read more

Riz Ahmed balances celebrity Hollywood with political hip-hop

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Customs Records

Along with Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed is the best known actor/performer of South Asian descent in Hollywood at the moment. Read more

Chance the Rapper colors outside the lines at the Bomb Factory

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Star-Telegram

The idiosyncratic hip-hop artist drew on faith, fun and fiercely loyal fans Sunday to thrill a sold-out crowd. Read more

Keith Urban lets the good times roll at American Airlines Center

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Special to the Star-Telegram

The mission was established early on: “Tonight is all about letting go of what’s outside!” Read more

Kris Kristofferson finds poetry in plain sight at Bass Hall

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Star-Telegram

“I’m proud to say Bob Dylan cut this next one,” Kris Kristofferson remarked, before easing into his 1985 tune They Killed Him. Read more

Elvis Costello explores all sides of his catalog at Majestic Theatre

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Star-Telegram

There was a moment, near the end of Elvis Costello’s second encore Tuesday, that perfectly encapsulated his artistic dichotomy. Read more

The party doesn’t stop with the Mavericks at Billy Bob’s Texas

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Special to the Star-Telegram

The tray of tequila shots — eight small glasses, joined by a plastic cup brimming with lime slices — materialized at some point. Read more

Review: Mark Knopfler at the Majestic

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Henrik Hansen

-- The world is awash in guitarists but only a relative few have a sound that sets them apart. Mark Knopfler is one of them, his singularly lean and liquid style -- which can evoke both love and loneliness in equal measure -- having first caught the world’s ear in Dire Straits with Read more

Review: Sturgill Simpson at Club Dada

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Crackerfarm

At nine p.m. on the nose, Sturgill Simpson strode onto the Club Dada stage. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from Oil Boom

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Andrew Sherman

On a surface level, nothing about Oil Boom’s brand of music — bluesy, distorted rock ’n’ roll, loaded and ready for last call — seems particularly noteworthy. Read more

Review: U2, ‘Songs of Innocence’

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Courtesy Interscope Records

Apple wasn’t the only entity with a surprise Tuesday. Read more

CD review: Sturgill Simpson, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’

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Reto Sterchi

Sturgill Simpson’s sophomore record is downright disorienting. Read more

Concert review: Homegrown Music and Art Festival

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Velton Hayworth/Special to DFW.com

May has become musicfest month in every corner of North Texas. Read more

Review: Old 97’s at Strauss Square

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Eric Ryan Anderson

More than most Old 97’s performances in North Texas, Saturday’s showcase in the heart of downtown Dallas truly felt like a homecoming. Read more

Review: Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band, the Wild Feathers and Jack Ingram at March Madness Music Festival

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Special to DFW.com

As seems to happen every time the North Texas area hosts a major sporting event, the weather threatened to play spoiler ahead of this weekend’s Final Four action, spread from Fort Worth to Arlington to Dallas. Read more

Concert review: Toadies at Martin House Brewing

Special to DFW.com

Back in late ’80s or early ’90s Fort Worth, there was a little punk club on Main Street called The Axis. I never set foot in the place; I was poor — even for the cover for that place — so I’d hang outside and listen to the bands play. There were often more peopl... Read more

Review: Imagine Dragons at American Airlines Center

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Photos: Special to DFW.com

Is it still rock music if it bears no discernible edge? Read more

CD review: Eric Church, ‘The Outsiders’

Eric Church is developing two separate and distinct personalities that seem to wrestle each other in a glorious battle royale on his fourth and best album, The Outsiders. Read more

Review: Paul Simon and Sting at American Airlines Center

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Roman Pena & Jamie Ford/Special to DFW.com

The multi-platinum Grammy winners made an unlikely, but fascinating, pair. Read more

Review: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel at Eisemann Center

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Courtesy Bismeaux Records

The titans of Texas country joined forces for a sold-out showcase. Read more

Concert review: High on Fire at Trees in Dallas

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Photos by Velton Hayworth

The faithful brushed off the cold Tuesday night and caught High on Fire at Deep Ellum’s iconic music venue, Trees. Read more

CD review: Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’

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“It’s just a reflection of a reflection,” sings Win Butler at the beginning of Arcade Fire’s sweeping fourth album, Reflektor. Read more

Review: Jessie Ware at South Side Music Hall

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The British singer-songwriter kicked off her month-long U.S. tour Thursday in Dallas. Read more

Review: The Eagles at American Airlines Center

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Photos by Roman A. Pena and Jamie B. Ford

History, it’s been said, is written by the victors. Read more

Review: Vampire Weekend at Verizon Theatre

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Roman Pena & Jamie Ford/Special to DFW.com

It is odd to think of Vampire Weekend as elder statesmen. Read more

Review: The Mavericks at Granada Theater

“I just wanna dance the night away/With senoritas who can sway,” Raul Malo sang Sunday night, a wide grin on his goateed face. “Right now tomorrow's looking bright/Just like the sunny morning light.” Read more

Review: Jake Bugg at Kessler Theater

He writes like Dylan, words laced with insight beyond his years. Read more

Review: Depeche Mode at Gexa Energy Pavilion

In an era when anyone with a YouTube account can achieve fame, it’s easy to forget what actual rock star charisma looks like. Read more

Review: Mumford and Sons at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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Roman Pena & Jamie Ford

Somewhere along the way, Mumford and Sons became a punchline. Read more

Review: Dia de Los Toadies at Panther Island Pavilion

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Photos by Velton Hayworth

With the sparkling Fort Worth skyline behind them and a half moon hanging in the sky above them on the final day of the sixth annual Dia de Los Toadies, one of Fort Worth’s biggest rock exports was making a threat. Read more

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