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Preston's picks: Scott Weiland, Randy Travis

Posted 6:14pm on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

Scott Weiland at House of Blues

Whether Scott Weiland can still be considered the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots is something of an open question -- the band issued a statement last month saying he was "fired," while Weiland disputed the dismissal -- but what can't be argued is the flannel decade's ongoing renaissance. The '90s is a nostalgic goldmine at the moment (throw a rock and you'll hit a band from the era either touring, recording or both). Weiland's current tour, "Purple to the Core," which pulls heavily from STP's first two albums, Core and Purple, is catnip for those who came of age during the Clinton administration. Expect lots of wistful looks from the 30-somethings in attendance.

8 p.m. Wednesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $27.50-$50.

Randy Travis at Billy Bob's Texas

Describing the past year of Randy Travis' life as "bumpy" would be charitable. The country star has endured one public humiliation after another, from drunken arrests to marital spats. But, slowly and steadily, the focus has returned to his music in recent months, first by his teaming with the Avett Brothers for a CMT Crossroads episode, and now, a handful of tour dates scheduled across the country that stretch into the summer. Here's hoping Travis is back on a good footing, and can put his turbulent recent past behind him.

10:30 p.m. Saturday. Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth. $15-$35.

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