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Preston’s picks: Turnpike Troubadours at Billy Bob’s Texas, Wiz Khalifa at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Posted 6:15pm on Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

Turnpike Troubadours at Billy Bob’s Texas

Rising stars in the Red Dirt country scene, Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours are veterans of Texas stages. The tireless quintet is a frequent sight around these parts, touring in support of last year’s breakout LP Goodbye Normal Street. Led by sharp-eyed singer-songwriter Evan Felker, the Troubadours dance across the boundary between country and rock, bringing a gritty sensibility and facility with melody to rough-and-tumble tales of love and life. Pay attention to this band. It’s going places — fast.

10:30 p.m. Saturday. Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. $12-$18.

Under the Influence of Music Tour at Gexa Energy Pavilion

As hip-hop package tours go, this one has a little something for everyone. Whether it’s the stoned-out rhymes of co-headliner (and newly married!) Wiz Khalifa or the more hipster-friendly flow of A$AP Rocky (touring behind his debut, Long.Live.A$AP, released this year), rap fans of all stripes should leave Gexa Energy Pavilion high on … music. (Right. Music.) Other performers include the mainstream-friendly B.o.B (of the inescapable single Airplanes a few years back), Trinidad James, Joey Bada-- and Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods, and Smoke DZA. Get lifted, y’all.

6 p.m. Sunday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $25-$69.50.

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