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Preston’s picks: Eleanor Friedberger at City Tavern; Portugal. The Man at House of Blues

Posted 11:18am on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Eleanor Friedberger at City Tavern

Those only familiar with Eleanor Friedberger’s work with her brother, Matthew, in the indie rock band Fiery Furnaces might be a bit thrown by Eleanor’s sophomore solo effort, Personal Record. It’s so ... breezy and accessible. The Furnaces have cooled a bit — the band went on hiatus two years ago so each Friedberger could pursue solo careers — and Eleanor wasted little time, releasing her solo debut, Last Summer, in 2011. Personal Record is a worthy follow-up, evoking the halcyon days of the ’70s, when singer-songwriters could stitch together a whole album, with little regard for genre strictures. With Teen.

9 p.m. Saturday. City Tavern, Dallas. $13.

Portugal. The Man at House of Blues

For its seventh studio album, the just-released Evil Friends, Portland, Ore. quintet Portugal. The Man tried something different, and enlisted acclaimed producer Danger Mouse to shake up its sound. The result is engaging and unpredictable, and should make for a kinetic concert experience, something Portugal. The Man (a fixture at North Texas fests like 35 Denton) already excels at delivering. With Guards.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $25-$29.50.

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