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Preston's picks: Madonna at American Airlines Center, Norah Jones at McFarlin Auditorium

Posted 7:38pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Madonna at American Airlines Center

The Material Girl has attracted her fair share of headlines on her latest tour, supporting this year's lackluster MDNA. Whether she was exposing herself in Istanbul, criticizing censorship in Russia or employing edgy imagery like swastikas, Madonna has -- wisely or not -- ginned up sufficient controversies to keep herself in the pop-cultural conversation, which is increasingly dominated by a younger, more reckless generation. Still, critics have largely praised Madonna's current global jaunt, singling out her willingness to take her signature songs and, in the words of The New York Times, "turn them inside out." Her two-night stand in Dallas marks the former Ms. Ciccone's first trip to North Texas in more than two decades.

8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $48.50-$358.50.

Norah Jones at McFarlin Auditorium

Hard to believe a decade has passed since University of North Texas alum Norah Jones first exploded onto the world stage with her 2002 debut, Come Away With Me. In the intervening years, she has strayed ever further from the near-somnolent jazz-pop of her freshman effort and poured herself into a variety of fascinating projects -- often to very pleasing effect. Her latest LP, Little Broken Hearts, finds the 33-year-old Jones collaborating with forward-thinking producer Danger Mouse, who adds an intriguing edge and sense of menace to Jones' mellifluous voice.

8 p.m. Monday. McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. $49.50-$60.

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