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Preston's concert picks: fun. and Andrew Bird

Posted 9:58am on Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012

fun. at House of Blues

One of 2012's most inescapable singles to date is fun.'s We Are Young, from the band's sophomore album, Some Nights; the song has popped up everywhere from car commercials to Glee. Featuring vocals from Janelle Monáe, the track is a soaring paean to seizing the day, and, thankfully, the tune doesn't wear out its welcome on repeat listens. Fresh from its South by Southwest performances in Austin, fun. could be poised to be one of the year's breakout bands.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday. House of Blues, Dallas. Sold out.

Andrew Bird at Majestic Theatre

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is a welcome breath of whimsy in an industry that can often take itself a little too seriously. The Chicago native is embarking on a tour in support of his just-released LP, Break It Yourself, the latest in an ever-growing catalog of baroque pop songs gilded by Bird's multi-instrument skills. (Apart from violin, Bird is also a proficient guitarist, glockenspiel player and whistler -- he even lent his talents to the new Muppets movie for one of its climactic scenes.) With Eugene Mirman.

7 p.m. Thursday. Majestic Theatre, Dallas. $32.50-$42.50.

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