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Preston's picks: David Byrne and St. Vincent, and George Jones

Posted 11:07am on Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012

David Byrne and St. Vincent at McFarlin Auditorium

Call it a match made in hipster heaven or, less snarkily, a passing of the torch from one generation of art-rockers to the next. However you want to describe it, David Byrne and St. Vincent's collaboration, which resulted in last month's LP Love This Giant, has elicited praise from critics and fans alike. The pair's complementary qualities (Byrne's edgy non sequiturs, Annie Clark's atonal bursts of serrated guitar) result in a pleasingly spiky collection of songs spiced with brass. Expect some nervy tunes and plenty of music-nerd swooning.

8 p.m. Sunday. McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. $49.50-$59.50.

George Jones at Arlington Music Hall

The country icon announced this year that he's ready to wind down his illustrious career: "It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come," Jones said in an August statement. He'll undertake the "Grand Tour" next year, with a new studio album in the bargain, and will then step away from the spotlight. Like so many lions of Nashville, George Jones remains a vital creative force, still capable of rendering classics like He Stopped Loving Her Today with a potency that can bring tears to your eyes. Don't miss this show.

7:30 p.m. Friday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $60-$125.

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