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

The Beach Boys at Verizon Theatre Read more

Preston's picks: Ben Kweller and Edgefest 22

The Austin resident will play the Granada Theater; the festival returns with a heavy-hitting lineup headlined by the Black Keys Read more

Music minute: Record Store Day is Saturday

Dust off your turntables: Record Store Day is Saturday. This yearly celebration of independent record stores, stocked with special, vinyl-only releases and live performances, has become the equivalent of one-day mini-festivals for stores. Fort Worth's ... Read more

West Berry Block Party is a two-day affair this weekend

For its second year, the West Berry Block Party isn't just adding a second day. The festival, launched in 2011 by five Texas Christian University students, took over a handful of venues not far from campus last year and drew more than 650 people... Read more

Music minute: Calhoun opens the season's Patio Sessions with Madison King

As the weather warms up from, well, a pretty mild winter, it's time once more for live music to fill the air in North Texas. The AT&T Performing Arts Center is reviving its Patio Sessions series, and turning to Fort Worth for help kicking it off... Read more

Preston's picks: Childish Gambino and the Hold Steady

Donald Glover will play the Palladium Ballroom on Saturday; indie rock band will play Wednesday at the Loft Read more

Music minute: The Prophet Bar hosts the Deep Ellum Big Folkin' Festival on March 31

Brace yourself for a healthy dose of folk: The inaugural Deep Ellum Big Folkin' Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Prophet Bar and its Big Room in Dallas. It promises to showcase a rather eclectic swath of the... Read more

Preston's picks: Anoushka Shankar and Eisley

The Indian performer will play two nights in Dallas, and the indie-pop group comes to the Granada Read more

Preston's picks: Casey James and Perfume Genius

‘American Idol' alum plays Billy Bob's Texas, and the man behind ‘Put Your Back N 2 It' performs at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton Read more

Music minute: Nervous Curtains and Dru B Shinin'

Dallas post-punk trio Nervous Curtains just released its second full-length, Fake Infinity, and has been playing CD release shows in the area. You can find Sean Kirkpatrick and his bandmates at Lola... Read more

Preston's concert picks: fun. and Andrew Bird

fun. at House of Blues Read more

35 Denton preview: Count on these 10 at 35

Now in its fourth year, 35 Denton is maturing into a must-hit destination for serious music fans. Read more

Preston's concert picks: Kaiser Chiefs and Girls

Both bands hit Dallas before their SXSW dates Read more

Music minute: Joe King Carrasco and the Original Crowns

South by Southwest is responsible for the vast majority of the music being made in North Texas this weekend. Joe King Carrasco and the Original Crowns are no exception -- the Austin legends will be making a stop at the ... Read more

Here's how to keep your ear to the SXSW ground

The din is building -- another South by Southwest is nearly upon us. Read more

Music minute: Mace Maben's friends to again help him in his cancer fight

Fort Worth guitarist and singer-songwriter Mace Maben continues his battle against cancer, as his musical contemporaries and friends once more rally to his aid, beginning at noon Saturday at Fred's Texas Cafe. The lineup includes Read more

Preston's concert picks: Radiohead and Mary Gauthier

The British rockers come to the AAC behind ‘The King of Limbs'; the singer-songwriter will perform at Uncle Calvin's Read more

Music minute: Bravo Zulu will celebrate CD release at The Grotto

Fort Worth trio Bravo Zulu -- brothers Leonard and Steven Schilling (ex- Matty Girl) and Chad Sones (ex- the Cut*Off) -- haven't been around ... Read more

Preston's picks: Lady Antebellum at American Airlines Center, Lenny Kravitz at Verizon Theatre

Lady Antebellum at American Airlines Center Read more

Music minute: The Polyphonic Spree goes on tour and Tim Halperin returns to the Aardvark

The years since the Polyphonic Spree's 2007 LP The Fragile Army have been quiet, albeit not entirely dormant, ones. The choral pop-rock ringleader, Tim DeLaughter, has kept busy with songwriting, side projects and the... Read more

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