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Review: Sam Smith at Verizon Theatre

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Special to DFW.com

Much has changed for Sam Smith since his last trip through town, just 10 months ago. Read more

Review: Damien Rice at South Side Ballroom

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Eight years slipped by since Damien Rice last stood on a stage here. Read more

Review: Shania Twain at American Airlines Center

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How does an artist go backward and forward at the same time? Read more

Concert review: Stephen Beatty at Thurber Mingus

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Special to DFW.com

On Thursday, I stopped into Billy’s Oak Acres to get my barbecue fix, and I heard a familiar voice belting out songs in the back. The Mighty Joe Savage and his brother John Savage (who... Read more

Review: Miguel at South Side Music Hall

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Special to DFW.com

Miguel generates a lot of heat and light when he performs, in both literal and metaphorical ways. Read more

Review: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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One of the many hits Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire performed Friday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion was EWF’s Sing a Song, their 1976 cut about the uplifting power of music. Read more

Review: Steely Dan and Elvis Costello at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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When the Steely Dan-Elvis Costello bill was announced, it immediately made sense: Two acts known for literate songwriting, both rooted in the ’70s. Read more

Review: Nicki Minaj at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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It takes more than some technical glitches to slow down Nicki Minaj. Read more

CD review: Jason Isbell, ‘Something More Than Free’

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David McClister

Read enough press about Jason Isbell, and you might expect no less than the answer to all of life’s questions when listening to his music. Read more

Review: Sturgill Simpson at Club Dada

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

Concert review: Homegrown Music and Art Festival

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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