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Preston’s picks: Lana Del Rey at Verizon Theatre; Future Islands at Three Links

Posted 12:00am on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Lana Del Rey at Verizon Theatre

No one would’ve pegged Lana Del Rey as an artist playing the long game when she burst onto the scene two years ago. The woman born Elizabeth Grant, riding a veritable tsunami of hype ahead of her sophomore album Born to Die, delivered one of the most bizarre and widely derided performances in Saturday Night Live’s history, which, despite a few singles getting traction, led to her eventual disappearance from the pop cultural conversation. Cut to 2014, and Del Rey is readying her third album, the provocatively titled Ultraviolence (produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) and launching her first proper national headlining tour. Whether or not she sticks this time remains to be seen, but Del Rey’s determination is a good reminder to never underestimate the vagaries of the music business.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $49.50.

Future Islands at Three Links

One of the buzziest bands to bubble up from under this year, Baltimore synth-pop foursome Future Islands has made a big splash in what seems like a short time (the band formed in 2006), thanks in large part to frontman Samuel T. Herring’s transfixing presence and a strong showing at this year’s South by Southwest. The group’s 4AD debut (and its fourth long player overall), Singles, has earned plenty of critical plaudits for its supple style — Pitchfork called the record “a great balance of pop and melodrama” in a rave write-up — and Future Islands’ current tour feels less like an introduction to a wider audience than a victory lap. With Ed Schrader’s Music Beat.

8 p.m. Thursday. Three Links, Dallas. Sold out.

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