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Preston's picks: Dave Matthews Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion and Rammstein at AAC

Posted 9:07am on Wednesday, May. 16, 2012

Dave Matthews Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion

The years continue to glide by for singer-songwriter Dave Matthews and his band of collaborators. After taking 2011 off to recharge its collective battery, the Dave Matthews Band is back on the road for another summer spent crisscrossing the country. The group hasn't released any new music since 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (the final album featuring late founding member LeRoi Moore), but it is reportedly working on a record with producer Steve Lillywhite for release this fall. (Lillywhite produced the band's first three, and arguably best, albums: Under the Table and Dreaming; Crash and Before These Crowded Streets.) Expect plenty of instrumental noodling and nonsensical between-song banter from the 45-year-old Matthews. With Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

7 p.m. Saturday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $40.50-$75.

Rammstein at American Airlines Center

Those whose knowledge of German industrial metal act Rammstein begins and ends with the 1997 single Du Hast might be surprised to learn that the band is celebrating its 18th year in the music business. The sextet gained prominence in America thanks to Du Hast and the album from whence it sprang, Sehnsucht (which has the distinction of being the only all German-language album to become certified platinum in the United States), but it didn't stop there. Although Rammstein hasn't played Dallas in more than a decade, the group has steadily toured and released new music, with the latest LP, Made in Germany, compiling the best tracks from 1995 through last year.

8 p.m. Tuesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $37.50-$98.

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