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Posted 7:22am on Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2012

Thurston Moore at Texas Theatre

The alt-rock figurehead has made headlines recently more for his private life than his artistic one. The co-founder of Sonic Youth split with his wife and longtime collaborator Kim Gordon late last year, not long after releasing the appropriately titled (and Beck-produced) solo album Demolished Thoughts. Moore continues to perform, however, and his stop in North Texas will prove a rare treat for fans of Moore's unique sound -- those expecting squalls of distorted guitar might just be surprised by the tender, pensive tunes found on Thoughts. With Christina Carter.

7:30 p.m. Friday. Texas Theatre, Dallas. $17, $20 day of show.

Estelle at Cambridge Room

at House of Blues

If you needed a reminder of the evanescent, fickle desires of the pop universe, look no further than Estelle. The Grammy-winning British vocalist has passed through North Texas before, even playing the same venue, but the difference between this trip and her gig three years ago is considerable. Last time, she headlined HOB's main room, on the strength of 2008's smash single American Boy. This time around, she's in the smaller, second-tier Cambridge Room, with a new album (All of Me) in the offing, but nowhere near the same amount of visibility -- lead single Fall in Love, apart from nakedly echoing American Boy in its melody and style, has failed to catch fire on the charts.

8 p.m. Monday. Cambridge Room at House of Blues, Dallas. $25.

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