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Preston's Picks: Fleet Foxes at Palladium Ballroom and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at HOB

Posted 9:38am on Wednesday, May. 04, 2011

Fleet Foxes at Palladium Ballroom

How do you conquer the sophomore slump? By delivering a knockout second album, just as Seattle sextet Fleet Foxes has done with its latest, Helplessness Blues (see our review). The Robin Pecknold-fronted outfit will land in North Texas just over a week after Blues' release; along with the fresh tunes, the band will also showcase material from its acclaimed 2008 debut. The Foxes are also getting a bump up in performing space -- the last time they came through, they crammed into cozy Fort Worth club Lola's Saloon for a sold-out gig. With the Cave Singers.

8 p.m. Wednesday. Palladium Ballroom, Dallas. $28. Ticketmaster.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at House of Blues' Cambridge Room

The last few years have seen this New York City trio slowly finding its way back onto the road after a three-year hiatus, which ended in 2008. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion -- known for its sweaty live shows, down-'n'-dirty albums and, weirdly, the theme song to Anthony Bourdain's travel/dining TV show, No Reservations -- hasn't released an album of all-new songs since 2004's Damage, but, reportedly, the group, which has released plenty of solo material individually, is discussing getting back into the studio.

8 p.m. Saturday. House of Blues, Cambridge Room, Dallas. $16, $18 day of show. Ticketmaster.

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