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Preston's picks: First Aid Kit at Kessler Theater, 'Music City Hit-Makers' at Bass Hall

Posted 7:04am on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

First Aid Kit at Kessler Theater

Hearing the close harmonies of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, who perform as First Aid Kit, is like sipping from a mountain stream. Crystalline, clear and breathtaking -- the siblings' sophomore album, The Lion's Roar, is one of the year's best, filled with gentle, shuffling folk songs that can turn stormy in a moment. Produced by Mike Mogis, the blend of the Soderbergs' voices is the irresistible hook, pulling you through gorgeous tunes like Emmylou, Blue and the incredible title track. In concert? Quiet tears of joy wouldn't be an inappropriate response. With Dylan LeBlanc.

8 p.m. Saturday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. $15.

'Music City Hit-Makers' at Bass Hall

Nashville has always been a songwriter's town. And with the ascent of precocious talents, many shipped in from the land of reality television, the past decade has been golden for those who prefer to work behind the scenes. Hillary Lindsey, Brett James and Gordie Sampson, the Grammy-winning tunesmiths behind Carrie Underwood's mega-smash Jesus Take the Wheel (among many others), will take audiences behind their award-bedecked multitude of hits for artists ranging from Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean to Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, with an assist from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andres Franco.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79.

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