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Preston’s picks: Rodney Crowell at the Live Oak; Miley Cyrus at AAC

Posted 10:32am on Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014

Rodney Crowell at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

Houston native Rodney Crowell is something of a scarcity in music these days: a songwriter’s songwriter, focused less on flash and more on substance. The Grammy winner has influenced a wide swath of musicians (everyone from Lucinda Williams to Robert Earl Keen considers him an artistic North Star) and continues to remain vital well into his 60s. Crowell is gearing up to release his latest album, Tarpaper Sky, next month, and will make a few appearances at South by Southwest next week. Don’t miss a chance to see one of the Lone Star State’s ace tunesmiths in action close up. With Taylor Craig Mills.

8 p.m. Sunday. The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth. $18-$30.

Miley Cyrus at American Airlines Center

On a conference call with reporters in January, Disney princess turned pop provocateur Miley Cyrus described her upcoming tour as “being designed around her ADD.” Judging from the critical response thus far, the 21-year-old is succeeding at scandalizing audiences ( The Daily Beast wondered if the show should be rated NC-17), if not exhausting them with nonstop sensory overload. If supporting her latest record, Bangerz, seems less important than drumming up headlines with sexually charged antics, you may be right. With Icona Pop.

7 p.m. Wednesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $43.25-$93.25.

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