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Preston’s picks: Robert Ellis at Kessler Theater; Toadies at Billy Bob’s Texas

Posted 2:08pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

Robert Ellis at Kessler Theater

If reaction to his last record and the level of anticipation for his record due in early 2014 is any indication, Texas troubadour Robert Ellis could possibly be the next big thing to roar out of the Lone Star State (although these days, he’s calling Nashville home). Ellis made a splash with his 2011 sophomore LP, Photographs, so his upcoming, Jacquire King-produced album, Lights From the Chemical Plant, is already one of next year’s buzzier releases (Ellis told Rolling Stone earlier this year that this record skews more toward pop than his prior output). Regardless, this intimate gig should be an ideal place to soak up the singer-songwriter’s terrific material. With Shakey Graves.

8 p.m. Saturday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. $17.50-$25.

Toadies at Billy Bob’s Texas

Fresh from pulverizing Panther Island Pavilion in September, hometown rock heroes Toadies return for one more sonic blitzkrieg before 2013 fades into history. Instead of trying to elbow into an extremely crowded New Year’s Eve lineup of shows, Vaden Todd Lewis and the gang are ripping it up the night before — consider it getting an early start on the festivities. With Kyser and Eleven Hundred Springs.

7 p.m. Monday. Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. $15-$25.

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