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Preston's picks: Ben Kweller and Edgefest 22

Posted 9:00am on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012

Ben Kweller at Granada Theater

Although it's been a minute since Ben Kweller called North Texas home -- the redheaded indie rocker cut his teeth in Greenville forming his seminal band Radish and now resides in Austin -- the singer-songwriter is a pretty regular fixture at area venues. He has struck out on his own, parting ways with the Dave Matthews-formed ATO Records and forming his own label (The Noise Company) to release his fifth and latest LP, Go Fly a Kite, which arrived in stores in February. With Sleeper Agent and the Orbans.

8 p.m. Friday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $18.

Edgefest 22 at FC Dallas Stadium

Music festivals are everywhere you turn in 2012 -- North Texas seemingly has one on the books every weekend from now until Thanksgiving. Perhaps more amazingly, each gathering of local and national bands manages to bring something different to the table. Edgefest, one of the area's elder fest statesmen, has a gem of a headliner for its 22nd installment this year: the Black Keys, fresh off the critical and commercial triumph of last year's El Camino. The rest of the bill is no slouch, either: Garbage, Cake, the Ting Tings, Neon Trees, Arctic Monkeys and resurrected local fave Chomsky are just some of the acts slated to rock Frisco. With Switchfoot, Cage the Elephant, Evanescence and more.

Noon Sunday. FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco. $39.50-$66.50.

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