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Preston's picks: Odd Future at the Palladium

Posted 8:30am on Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2012

Odd Future at Palladium Ballroom

The Internet has a way of blowing songs ( Call Me Maybe FTW), performers (paging Lana Del Rey) and subgenres ("seapunk," anyone?) all out of proportion and, just as swiftly, almost seeming to forget they ever existed. Rag-tag hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (or OFWGKTA for short) was all the rage not so long ago -- members Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt earned New York Times profiles in the last 12 months -- but as 2012 draws to a close, the group's power, online and off, feels somewhat muted, the break-out success of OF's Frank Ocean notwithstanding. Nevertheless, Odd Future has developed a reputation for raucous, unpredictable live shows and, as this concert marks the band's North Texas debut, is worthy of note.

9 p.m. Thursday. Palladium Ballroom, Dallas. $30.

Bloc Party

at House of Blues

Buzz of the analog variety -- breathless praise from critics, sold-out shows, magazine covers -- can also evaporate. A decade ago, Bloc Party was being hailed as the vanguard of the British rock scene, led by charismatic frontman Kele Okereke. The foursome rocketed to Stateside fame on the strength of its 2005 debut, Silent Alarm, and spent the next five years releasing follow-ups and even taking a brief hiatus in 2009. Reunited and touring in support of Four, released earlier this year, Bloc Party is not the next big thing it once was but has endured despite the buzz, rather than because of it. With Dum Dum Girls and Burning Hotels.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $30-$35.

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