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Preston’s picks: A sophisticated evening at the Modern and an exciting new voice from Great Britain

Posted 3:47pm on Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2013

Modern ’til Midnight at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Attending a Modern ’til Midnight event is a singular concert experience, if only because of the peculiar beauty of the surroundings. Staged in the rear of the building, with the glittering building and reflecting pool stretched out behind the musicians, it’s a serene place to enjoy some live music, which can’t be said for too many DFW venues. This edition of Modern ’til Midnight will be headlined by Liverpool troubadour Dan Croll, touring behind his recently released EP From Nowhere. He’ll be joined by a handful of local artists, including Ronnie Heart, Yells at Eels and the Cleanup. There will also be activities tied to the Modern’s special exhibition, Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990.

6 p.m. Friday. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. $15, $20 at the door; free for Modern members.

Jessie Ware at South Side Music Hall

One of the more captivating talents to recently emerge from the ever-fertile UK scene, vocalist Jessie Ware cut her teeth singing for indie pop outfit SBTRKT before venturing out on her own with 2012’s Devotion. A beautifully brooding vocalist who splits the difference between Sade and Adele, Ware’s smoky, melancholy singing is entrancing — just take a listen to her breakout hit Wildest Moments or If You’re Never Gonna Move, the title track from her EP released in the States earlier this year. She’s launching her monthlong tour in support of Devotion right here in North Texas. With Mikky Ekko.

8 p.m. Thursday. South Side Music Hall, Dallas. $20.

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