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Preston's picks: the Beach Boys concert Thursday, and Florence + the Machine on Tuesday

Posted 9:18am on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012

The Beach Boys at Verizon Theatre

For the first time in more than two decades, all the surviving original members of the Beach Boys, including longtime holdout Brian Wilson, are hitting the road to celebrate the influential pop group's 50th anniversary. (If that wasn't enough, a Brian Wilson-produced Beach Boys LP is due out later this year; it marks the first Brian Wilson-produced Beach Boys album since 1977's Love You.) While the ensuing decades may have taken a slight edge off the sun-dappled close harmonies, the Beach Boys still reign supreme as one of the deceptively intricate and infinitely rewarding pop acts ever. Don't let the seemingly shallow subject matter throw you -- the Beach Boys are an American institution, and this rare gig should provide ample opportunity to bask in their glow.

7:30 p.m. Thursday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $25-$85.

Florence + the Machine at Palladium Ballroom

Florence Welch is a strange bird, considered within the context of modern pop music. Her rich, multioctave voice swoops and dives through baroque songs steeped in shadows and troubling subject matter (depression, for instance, fuels her superb single Breaking Down). Although the kinetic track Dog Days Are Over first turned heads for her Stateside, the British singer-songwriter made an astonishing splash with her sophomore effort, last year's Ceremonials. Littered with gargantuan ballads and pulse-quickening anthems, the album cemented Welch as a musical force of nature, a woman capable of intimacy and thundering bombast in close proximity. With Blood Orange.

8 p.m. Tuesday. Palladium Ballroom, Dallas. Sold out.

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