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Preston’s picks: Cher at American Airlines Center; Schoolboy Q at South Side Music Hall

Posted 10:16am on Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014

Cher at American Airlines Center

Eleven years have passed since Cher last performed in North Texas (in Fort Worth on Sept. 24, 2003, at the Convention Center), on what was then billed as her “Farewell Tour.” More than a decade out of the spotlight is close enough to a farewell in the pop music business — although, technically, Cher did have a three-year stint, starting in 2008, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — and this year, the diva is back in action on her “Dressed to Kill” tour. Cher is touring behind her 26th studio album, last year’s Closer to the Truth, and fans should expect a set list packed with hits old and new, and enough flamboyant costume changes to make Lady Gaga see red. With Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $29.25-$159.75.

Schoolboy Q at South Side Music Hall

Known to his parents as Quincy Hanley, the Los Angeles-based rapper who goes by the name Schoolboy Q has had a relatively meteoric rise in the hip-hop world. In February, his third full-length (but first released by a major label) album, Oxymoron, had critics raving about his slippery, slurring style, and white-hot producers like Boy 1da, Mike Will Made It and Pharrell Williams itching to work with him. Don’t know him yet? It probably won’t be long before you do. With Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples.

9 p.m. Sunday. South Side Music Hall, Dallas. Sold out.

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