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Preston’s picks: Son Volt at Sons of Hermann Hall; the Lumineers at Verizon Theatre

Posted 1:56pm on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Son Volt at Sons of Hermann Hall

Veteran roots-rockers Son Volt’s first album in four years, Honky Tonk, plainly states its ambitions in the title — a no-frills appreciation of the sounds found in seedy dives and beer halls. Jay Farrar and his bandmates have spent almost 20 years traversing the back roads of American music, considering country and rock and everything in between from their own perspective. For Honky Tonk, the sonic palette encompasses Western waltzes (pedal steel-stung album opener Hearts and Minds) and wistful travelogues ( Down the Highway), capturing a band at ease with a full spectrum of homegrown sounds.

8 p.m. Saturday. Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas. $20.

The Lumineers at Verizon Theatre

If you’ve been anywhere near a radio (or TV or the Internet, for that matter) in the past year, you’ve heard the shambling, ragged anthem Ho Hey, the infectious single that catapulted Denver’s the Lumineers from unknowns to two-time Grammy nominees. The folk-rockers’ self-titled debut, released last year, is right in the thick of the ongoing “Etsy folk” revival, and while Ho Hey has gotten the most attention, the rest of the record is surprisingly versatile, moving from the faintly R&B-tinged Slow It Down to the neo-Nashville style of Stubborn Love. With Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds.

8 p.m. Thursday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $35.

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