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Preston’s picks: Patty Griffin at Kessler Theater; Sleigh Bells at Granada Theater

Posted 8:26am on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Patty Griffin at Kessler Theater

Patty Griffin’s year has been full of backward glances. In May, she released her seventh studio album, American Kid, full of heartbreaking vignettes rendered as only Griffin can. Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter’s long-lost Silver Bell, a victim of major-label transitions in the early ’00s, was dusted off and re-released, giving fans a long-desired piece of Griffin’s back catalog. To have someone of her caliber playing in one of DFW’s best listening rooms is nothing short of a gift to area music fans. With Kristy Kruger.

8 p.m. Saturday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. Sold out.

Sleigh Bells at Granada Theater

It’s probably overstating things to say Sleigh Bells has mellowed out with its third album, Bitter Rivals (that said, it does begin with 30 seconds of cooing and acoustic guitars …), but the Brooklyn duo of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller sounds ever so slightly more at ease. That doesn’t mean the noise-pop act has forsaken its trademark blend of serrated guitars and drums hitting hard enough to make your heart skip. Live, there’s little else like it — you don’t listen to Sleigh Bells in concert so much as endure it, taking pleasure from the sonic punishment. With Doldrums.

9 p.m. Saturday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $30.

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