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Music minute: All out of love? Try the Valentine Blues Ball at LaGrange

Should you want to take your sweetie out for an evening of live music this Valentine's Day, there is no shortage of options. But if the holiday devoted to love brings out your inner curmudgeon, might I suggest a night less focused on romance? Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday at Deep Ellum's Read more

Preston's concert picks

Thurston Moore at Texas Theatre and Estelle at the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues Read more

Music minute: a Whiskey Folk Ramblers video-release party at the Where House and Scat Jazz Lounge turns 4

There's extra incentive -- beyond the reliably great country-folk tunes -- to attend Saturday's Whiskey Folk Ramblers gig at the Where House. The Fort Worth foursome will unveil its recently created video for Gambling Preach... Read more

Preston's picks: Brandi Carlile at the House of Blues and Paul Wall at the Aardvark

Carlile and her longtime collaborators to play an acoustic show in support of her ‘Live at Benaroya Hall' CD Read more

Preston's picks: Craig Finn at Club Dada, the Ataris at Lola's Saloon

Hold Steady frontman kicking off tour in support of his solo debut Read more

Music minute: Achtöne! will debut album at Rubber Gloves

I'll defer to the Denton-based Achtöne! as to the best way to describe the band's bewitching sound: "instrumental, psychedelic post-rock." Pete Miller, Aaron Mitchell, Hunter Johnston and ... Read more

Preston's picks: The Civil Wars at House of Blues, Loretta Lynn at Winspear

The fast-rising duo will make its third local stop in less than a year, playing increasingly larger venues Read more

Music minute: Ray Wylie Hubbard at Jefferson Freedom Cafe

It's easy to take an artist of Ray Wylie Hubbard's caliber for granted, particularly when he is in town on what seems like a pretty regular basis. The singer-songwriter will return Saturday to Fort Worth, to the cozy listening room known as the Jeffers... Read more

Music minute: Fort Worth singer-songwriter Luke Wade releases 'Live and Acoustic' album

Fort Worth singer-songwriter Luke Wade's Live and Acoustic album will be available for consumption this week. (Initially, the LP will be sold only at Wade's live shows; it will be available digitally next month.) Comprised of 45 minutes culled... Read more

Preston's picks: Bill Frisell at Kessler Theater, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Winspear

Guitarist has roamed freely across sonic landscape; vocal group's powerful harmonies are moving in any language Read more

Music minute: Transistor Tramps at Lola's, Suzy Bogguss at McDavid Studio

Fresh off the December release of its debut, self-titled EP, Fort Worth rock quintet Transistor Tramps ( David Sebrind, Richard and Elle Hurley, Brian Shaw and Read more

Preston's picks: Willie Nelson at Billy Bob's Texas, and the Bright Light Social Hour at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

The Red-Headed Stranger makes another stop in Fort Worth, after his picnic in the Stockyards and his award at the Lone Star International Film Festival last year Read more

Music minute: Christmas All Stars to jam at Buttons Restaurant on Sunday

Once you've cleared away the wrapping paper, tired of your relatives and had your fill of eggnog, shuffle over to Buttons Restaurant in Fort Worth for one last Yuletide tradition: The 26th annual Fort Worth Christmas All Stars jam, which kicks o... Read more

Preston's picks: Tori Amos at Verizon Theatre and the Old 97's at the Granada Theater

Singer-songwriter Amos touring with string quartet to support concept album drawing on classical music themes Read more

Music minute: Three bands help Fort Worth film fest celebrate Texas-style

The 5th Annual Lone Star International Film Festival continues through Sunday, but its organizers are throwing a closing-night concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 8.0 in downtown Fort Worth. For the occasion, the fest hasn't strayed from the state'... Read more

Preston's picks: Paul Simon at Verizon Theatre, EMA at House of Blues

Paul Simon at Verizon Theatre Read more

Scare up some music at the Moon's soon-to-be-former location

Celebrate Halloween (and get in one last visit to the Moon at its Berry Street location) with House Harkonnen, the Phuss (which will also play the Moon on Monday, the actual holiday), Shaolin Death Sq... Read more

Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek to play the Granada

For most music fans, Ray Manzarek has been the burly-voiced, omnipresent participant in just about any rockumentary paying even glancing attention to The Doors and its late-Lizard King frontman, Jim Morrison. Read more

Preston's picks: St. Vincent at Kessler Theater, Soundgarden at Verizon Theatre

St. Vincent at Kessler Theater Read more

Music minute: Stardeath and White Dwarfs headline the Where House; Fate Lions have a new single

A triple dose of galactic, mind-bending rock awaits those stepping inside the Where House at 9 p.m. Friday. Headliners Stardeath and White Dwarfs (an Oklahoma City outfit with ties to the Flaming Lips; it's anchored by ... Read more

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