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Preston's concert picks: Radiohead and Mary Gauthier

Posted 8:40am on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

Radiohead at American Airlines Center

Although there's not quite the fever pitch of anticipation greeting Radiohead this time around (local music fans were deliriously excited ahead of 2008's return to the area, the influential British rockers' first Dallas date in a decade), this arena gig nevertheless sold out quickly. Thom Yorke and the fellas released their latest LP, The King of Limbs, last year, in a DIY fashion much like the game-changing In Rainbows. Although Limbs is a chillier, more pastoral affair than the jagged, charged Rainbows, Radiohead nevertheless reasserted its prominence in alt-rock circles. There are many, many imitators, but only one band so admirably devoted to keeping itself entertained above all else. With Other Lives.

7:30 p.m. Monday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. Sold out.

Mary Gauthier at Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse

New Orleans-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-shay) pens the kind of songs that rattle around in your head for days after first hearing them. Her sixth and most recent album, 2010's The Foundling, is a harrowing autobiographical account of Gauthier's search for her mother, who abandoned her after Gauthier was born. Laying her piercing observations against music influenced by folk, country and, poignantly, the Cajun sounds of her troubled youth, Gauthier renders a portrait of the artist as explorer, fearlessly excavating life's cruelties and, where it can be found, its joys. With Tania Elizabeth and Cary Cooper.

8 p.m. Friday. Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas. $15 advance, $8 youth, $18 day of show.

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