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Preston's picks: Jonsi at Verizon Theatre, Gary Allan at Superpages.com Center

Posted 10:23am on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Jonsi at Verizon Theatre

There is no shortage of adjectives to describe Jonsi Birgisson's unique voice: ethereal, otherworldly, haunting, majestic, unforgettable -- the list could stretch for miles. He first earned attention as the guitarist and vocalist for Icelandic ambient-rockers Sigur Rós before branching out on his own, most recently with the well-received Go. Birgisson (who performs under his first name; y'know, like Cher or Elvis) has said that Sigur Rós is on hiatus for the time being, so if you're craving a dose of that magical, drowsily compelling sound, this show is your best bet. With Mountain Man.

Gary Allan at Superpages.com Center

Although many are quick to pile on Nashville for its lack of fidelity to the good ol' days (of Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, et al), there are still a few genuine scuffed-boot and scarred-soul singer-songwriters plying their trade in Music City. Gary Allan is one such troubadour, and his most recent album, Get Off on the Pain, was hailed by critics as "undeniably country" (The Washington Post) and brimming with "grit and depth" (Slant Magazine) Allan will be joined by a collection of like-minded, similarly talented folks for his stop in Dallas. With Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann and the Randy Rogers Band.

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