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Preston’s picks: Courtney Love, Wanda Jackson

Posted 12:00am on Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

Wanda Jackson at Arlington Music Hall

True rock legends are a rare sight on local stages anymore. Part of that reason, unpleasant though it may be, is that touring becomes much tougher later in life. But for the fortunate few still able to deliver, the show must go on. Wanda Jackson, who has enjoyed a late-career renaissance thanks to young turk Jack White, is one of music’s strongest links to its rockabilly past. The 75-year-old Oklahoma native is never less than electrifying on stage, purring her way through classics like Let’s Have a Party and pulling from newer LPs like last year’s Justin Townes Earle-produced Unfinished Business. Along with Jackson, “outstanding singing artists” from area communities will be on hand.

7 p.m. Saturday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $15-$25.

Courtney Love at House of Blues

Having spent two years with the re-formed Hole, the ever-mercurial Courtney Love returned to a solo career this year, with the promise of a new album (reportedly titled Died Blonde) — her first solo work since 2004’s America’s Sweetheart — and a memoir due out later this year. After more than a decade of battling the press and maintaining a public image that could charitably be called messy, Love appears to have settled down into her role as alt-rock elder stateswoman, and to be content working through her issues musically, on stage and in the studio. With Starred.

8 p.m. Sunday. House of Blues, Dallas. $30-$49.50.

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