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Preston's picks: Ryan Bingham at Palladium Ballroom, plus Balmorhea

Posted 10:17am on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

Balmorhea at Church of the Incarnation

If there's a more fitting spot than a church sanctuary to soak up the insistent, gorgeously rendered sounds of Austin instrumental sextet Balmorhea, I can't think of it. The critically acclaimed group, led by founders Rob Lowe (no, not that one) and Michael Muller, is performing ahead of the release of its fifth studio effort, Stranger (in stores Tuesday). Another low-key booking from the folks at Spune; attendees can expect musical transcendence in a space ideal for contemplative listening. With Doug Burr.

8 p.m. Saturday. Church of the Incarnation, Dallas. $12, $15 at the door.

Ryan Bingham at Palladium Ballroom

The last few years have been heady ones for the singer-songwriter who grew up in rough-and-tumble West Texas, culminating in the one-two punch of The Weary Kind, his Oscar-winning contribution to the 2009 film Crazy Heart, and the release of his breakthrough album Roadhouse Sun. For his fourth studio effort, the just-released Tomorrowland, Bingham has struck out on his own, releasing the album on his Axster Bingham label. The songs are ... different from what he's done before, stripping away most of the country influences and replacing them with a more streamlined, rock-inclined sound. Should be interesting to see how it hits his fan base. With La Santa Cecilia.

8 p.m. Wednesday. Palladium Ballroom, Dallas. $25.

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