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Preston's picks: Lindsey Buckingham; Indigo Girls and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Lindsey Buckingham at Cendera Center Read more

Preston's picks: Willie Nelson and Fang Island

Not that an evening with the country music icon is ever taken for granted, but it just seems like Willie's really fond of North Texas these days. Read more

Music minute: Daniel Hart and Clint Niosi

Cerebral alt-pop prominently featuring the violin? In Daniel Hart's hands, it's sheer magic. The Orientalist, the Dallas-based Hart's debut solo effort, comes after years of the singer-songwriter-violinist performing with plenty of big indie s... Read more

Kevin Aldridge to play Lola's in run-up to release of solo album

In just a few weeks (Aug. 10, to be precise, at Magnolia Motor Lounge with Quaker City Night Hawks and the Apache 5), Fort Worth troubadour nonpareil Kevin Aldridge ... Read more

Preston's picks: Star-studded tours at American Airlines Center on Saturday, Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sunday

'R You on the List' Tour at American Airlines Center Read more

Preston's picks: Dukes of September at Verizon Theater, Rascal Flatts at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Dukes of September Rhythm Revue at Verizon Theatre Read more

Here's your chance to hear Madras, Year of the Bear and Mailman

Plan on plenty of mind-expanding sounds Thursday at Lola's Saloon. The lineup is loaded with talent, including Fort Worth's Madras (seriously, if you haven't checked out the duo's debut LP, thingscanchange, you're mis... Read more

Music minute: Big Mike and band offer two-night salute to Elton John

Michael "Big Mike" Richardson is a staple in area venues, thanks to weeklies like Big Mike's Box of Rock and regular gigs with folks like Dazey Chain or Petty Theft. Richardson also pays regula... Read more

Preston's picks: Summerland Tour in Fort Worth and Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival in Dallas

Catch '90s nostalgia Saturday at Billy Bob's or decidedly loud acts Tuesday at Gexa Energy Pavilion Read more

Preston's picks: Merle Haggard at Billy Bob's, the Vespers at Live Oak

Old country and new folk come to Fort Worth this weekend Read more

Music minute: Hear Ruby Jane at Fort Worth's McDavid Studio

Dallas native (and currently Austin-based) Ruby Jane Smith is 17 years old, and, incredibly, something of a music-biz veteran. The acclaimed fiddler and singer-songwriter began her career at the ripe age of 7, after a dazzling turn on the Grand Ole Opr... Read more

Willie Nelson's Picnic is jam-packed

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Break out the bandanas and dust off Trigger -- Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is preparing to take over the Stockyards again this year. Read more

Preston's picks: Coldplay at American Airlines Center and El-P at the Granada Theater

Chris Martin and his bandmates will have a two-night stand in Dallas Read more

Two of area's spaciest acts, the Cush and Menkena, to play Lola's on Friday

Prepare to get lifted Friday at Lola's Saloon, with two of the area's spaciest (in a good way) rock bands. Fort Worth's the Cush and Dallas-based Menkena will pull from their most recent efforts (Be... Read more

Preston's picks: Van Halen at American Airlines Center, Toadies at Palladium Ballroom

The superstar rockers stop in Dallas on their abbreviated tour, and the Fort Worth band gears up for a busy summer Read more

Music minute: Rocket Summer is back

Fort Worth native Bryce Avary, who performs as the Rocket Summer, is back with another album, the self-released Life Will Write the Words. It's Avary's fifth full-length effort (the Rocket Summer has an equal number o... Read more

Music minute: Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

Generally shows are worth seeing because of the bands playing them, but in this instance, it's more about the venue: Saturday, during ArtsGoggle on the Near Southside, the public will have its first chance to step inside Bill ... Read more

Preston's picks: Dave Matthews Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion and Rammstein at AAC

Dave Matthews Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion Read more

Jaffe to play Granada; Spune plans benefit for tornado victims

You may not have noticed -- although I don't know how that's possible -- but Denton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe is having quite the moment. The burst of publicity is all thanks to her superb sophomore full-length, The Body Wins, which ... Read more

Preston's picks: the Beach Boys concert Thursday, and Florence + the Machine on Tuesday

The Beach Boys at Verizon Theatre Read more

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