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Paschal High School students performing at Montreux Jazz Festival

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Courtesy Paschal High School

What do John Legend, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and students from Fort Worth’s Paschal High School have in common? Read more

Review: Luke Wade at Concerts in the Garden

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Star-Telegram

The Fort Worth Symphony’s Concerts in the Garden Series wrapped up the penultimate weekend of its 25th anniversary season Sunday night with a concert by soulful crooner Luke Wade in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Read more

Review: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at Concerts in the Garden

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A little bluegrass won’t hurt you a bit.” Read more

Concert review: The Octopus Project at Lola’s

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Steve Watkins

Saturday I headed out to see Gollay and Somebody’s Darling at the Magnolia Motor Lounge. But there wasn’t a parking space within walking distance of the place. After circling the block about a dozen times (I really like Gollay) I headed back across Seventh to see what was happening ... Read more

Review: Brian Wilson at Verizon Theatre

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Special to the Star-Telegram

Everywhere he turns, Brian Wilson finds music. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from Valenti “Funk” Thomas

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Dennis Webb Jr.

Dirty from the downbeat of its opening track, Irving/Bear Creek, the self-titled solo debut of Valenti “Funk” Thomas promises to live up to its creator’s middle name. Read more

CD review: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Pageant Material’

Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic ’60s country sound on her second album, Pageant Material. Read more

Preston’s picks: Black Joe Lewis at Bar Louie; Kings of the Mic at Gexa Energy Pavilion

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Vagrant Records

Every Friday for the last month, Bar Louie, in the busy West 7th district, has been hosting free shows booked by Dallas’ Good Records. Some of the big names have been slightly incongruous for the space (and the price of zero dollars) — Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle played a few weeks back — but if you’re a fan of smartly curated, free concerts, don’t miss a chance to see artists like Austin’s rip-snortin’ Black Joe Lewis up close and personal. The shows continue through July 31. Read more

Watch Leon Bridges perform on ‘The Tonight Show’

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Special to the Star-Telegram

After months of anticipation, Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Leon Bridges’ major label debut, Coming Home, Read more

The Rolling Stones bracket: the final two

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Vote for your favorite Stones song in this musical mano a mano Read more

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