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Preston’s picks: The Mavericks at Granada Theater, Haim at Trees

Posted 10:57am on Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013

The Mavericks at Granada Theater

For maybe the first song or two, trying to pin down exactly what kind of country music the Mavericks make is a bit maddening. Is it neo-traditional? Classic spiked with conjunto flair? Something else altogether? However, it’s not long before labels feel irrelevant, and all that’s left is this Miami-based quintet’s razor-sharp skills and frontman Raul Malo’s bourbon-smooth baritone, which might be one of the best kept secrets in modern music. After Malo spent a decade on his own, the Mavericks reunited last year and, at the top of 2013, released one of the year’s great records, the fantastic In Time. And you know they kill it live, right? Get down front already. With the Michael Guerra Band.

8 p.m. Sunday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $35-$100.

Haim at Trees

Los Angeles foursome Haim is one of the year’s buzziest acts, with the sister act (Este, Danielle and Alaina Haim are joined by drummer Dash Hutton) fusing folk-flecked pop songs with a hint of ’90s R&B attitude. That particular mixture might seem combustible (in the bad way) on the surface, but it turns out to be a highly addictive blend on Haim’s just-released major label debut Days Are Gone. The sisters, together and apart, have been kicking around the music business since 2005, and that confidence helps ground Haim’s sparkling songcraft. With IO Echo.

8 p.m. Tuesday. Trees, Dallas. $15-$17.

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