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Preston's picks: Willie Nelson and Fang Island

Posted 9:36am on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

Willie Nelson at House of Blues

Is it possible to have Willie Nelson fatigue? The troubadour and his trusty Trigger just breezed through Fort Worth last month for his annual Fourth of July Picnic at Billy Bob's Texas, which followed a trio of performances in 2011, which included his Picnic and a stop at the Lone Star International Film Festival. Not that an evening with the country music icon is ever taken for granted, but it just seems like Willie's really fond of North Texas these days. At any rate, if you've somehow missed his many recent trips through town, Nelson's back, supporting his just-released LP, Heroes, at one of the few stages in town he hasn't graced recently.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $50-$77.50.

Fang Island at Club Dada

Rhode Island-formed trio Fang Island (which, amusingly enough, took its name from an article in the satirical newspaper The Onion) is stirring up considerable buzz with its sophomore album, Major. The songs aren't revolutionary by any stretch, but they deliver straightforward guitar rock draped in a hint of arena-ready ambition (see: terrific lead single Sisterly). Founding member Chris Georges and his bandmates Jason Bartell and Marc St. Sauveur don't forsake melody for distortion and volume, and instead, mix it all together to create an engaging, addictive listening experience. With Adebisi Shank and Spacebeach.

7:30 p.m. Thursday. Club Dada, Dallas. $11 advance, $14 door.

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