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Preston Jones’ picks: Lyle Lovett in Fort Worth and fun. in Dallas

Posted 8:39am on Thursday, Sep. 05, 2013

Lyle Lovett at Bass Hall

For this trip through town (Lovett was here in February with long-time pal Robert Earl Keen), the Texas treasure will be accompanied by a scaled down version of His Large Band (dubbed the Acoustic Group). While there are fewer bodies on stages, there is no less enthusiasm — Lovett and his collaborators put everything but the kitchen sink into their sprawling sets, which traverse the breadth of Lovett’s eclectic, fiercely singular career, including his most recent LP, last year’s Release Me. Whether this is your first or your 40th time seeing Lovett, it’s almost impossible to walk out in a bad mood.

7:30 p.m. Monday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $44-$132.

fun. at Gexa Energy Pavilion

As hard as it is to believe, it’s only been a little over a year since fun.’s sophomore album, Some Nights, exploded into the public consciousness. The New York-based alt-rock outfit, anchored by lead singer and songwriter Nate Ruess’s elastic tenor, has been through DFW a handful of times since Nights and its singles began dominating radio playlists, but this gig will be its biggest yet. Whatever you do, take pains to arrive early: the opening act, Tegan and Sara, has one of the year’s best albums in Heartthrob.

8 p.m. Thursday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $20-$39.50.

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