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Preston’s picks: Steely Dan at Verizon Theatre and Mad Decent Block Party at Zouk

Posted 10:30am on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Steely Dan at Verizon Theatre

Why Walter Becker and Donald Fagen dubbed their current cross-country jaunt “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day” only they know for sure. What is certain is that 40 years after their debut as Steely Dan, they can still dazzle with their blend of jazz, funk, rock and blues. The band hasn’t released an album in a decade (2003’s Everything Must Go), but in a teleconference with reporters last month, Fagen said he “could smell” fresh material in the offing, so fans may see a new LP in the not-too-distant future. With the Deep Blue Organ Trio.

7 p.m. Saturday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $39.50-$99.50.

Mad Decent Block Party at Zouk

Summer’s winding down, and the Labor Day weekend is generally regarded as the last, best chance to have some fun before fall sets in. Cut loose one more time with some of the hippest names in electronic music and indie hip-hop. This block party — sponsored by the indie record label owned by influential producer Diplo, and which will be held outdoors — is being headlined by Major Lazer (Diplo’s side project), Dillon Francis and Baauer (he of the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon). With Action Bronson, Flosstradamus, Griz, Nadastrom, DJ El Dusty, the Hi-Yahs and Juyen Sebulba.

1 p.m. Saturday. Zouk, Dallas. $38.26-$61.10.

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