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Preston’s picks: Beyoncé and Jay Z at AT&T Stadium; Amanda Shires at Magnolia Motor Lounge

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

Beyoncé and Jay Z at AT&T Stadium

Depending upon whom you believe, Beyoncé and Jay Z’s current stadium tour is either hanging on for dear life or a stratospheric success. Whichever side you come down on, there’s no denying this power couple pairing is one of 2014’s most high-profile outings, and one that promises, if nothing else, to provide a few hours in the presence of two of pop music’s most dynamic talents. Beyoncé is touring behind her sterling 2013 self-titled surprise LP, while Mr. Carter is touring behind his ... less-great album from last year, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Expect fireworks of both the literal and metaphorical variety.

8 p.m. Tuesday. AT&T Stadium, Arlington. $40.50-$251.

Amanda Shires at Magnolia Motor Lounge

Fairly or not, Magnolia Motor Lounge, tucked away off the hyper-busy West 7th entertainment district, is often overlooked as a haven for serious songcraft, despite the venue’s long-standing affection for and willingness to book singer-songwriters. It has nabbed a killer show with Lubbock native and songstress (and wife of equally skilled tunesmith Jason Isbell) Amanda Shires, whose 2013 record Down Fell the Doves remains captivating months after its release. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see the talented fiddler and singer in such an intimate setting. With Ben Danaher.

9 p.m. Tuesday. Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth.

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