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Concert review: Open Jam at Mambo’s Tapas Cantina

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Special to DFW.com

For years, I’ve been a fan of the blues, and the essence of blues is improvisation. The whole structure of the blues, the 1-4-5 12-bar chord progression lays a framework so that half a dozen players who have never met each other can sit down and play together and make something musical the... Read more

CD review: Mary J. Blige, ‘The London Sessions’

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Mary J. Blige is more than two decades deep into her career, a point when even the most gifted singers working the divide between R&B and pop start being treated like has-beens or nostalgia acts. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from Vincent Neil Emerson

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Via Facebook

A three-track appetizer to tide folks over while he completes his debut album, Vincent Neil Emerson’s Hesitation Blues EP is the latest reminder this young troubadour is one of Fort Worth’s most promising talents. Read more

Update: Craig Wayne Boyd advances to ‘The Voice’ finale; wild-card performer revealed

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Tyler Golden

Update, 7:39 a.m. Wednesday: Craig Wayne Boyd will remain as the lone North Texas-connected singer on next week’s finale of The Voice. Though Fort Worth musician Luke Wade and Burleson’s Reagan James had a shot at re-entering t... Read more

Concert review: Keegan McInroe and Ginny Mac at Fred’s Texas Cafe

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Special to DFW.com

Keegan McInroe has been a sonic force in Funkytown for the last decade or so, and the past couple of years he has been spreading the gospel of Fort Worth music to the good people of Europe. Read more

KSCS’ Terry Dorsey announces retirement

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Courtesy KSCS

Terry Dorsey, a fixture in DFW radio since 1981 and the longest-running current host on local FM radio, announced Tuesday morning on Read more

Craig Wayne Boyd in ‘The Voice’ semi-finals

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Craig Wayne Boyd, the last (for the moment) Texas-rooted singer competing on the seventh season of The Voice took the stage Monday to sing a pair of songs, in hopes of securing a spot in next week’s finale. Read more

Review: Ryan Adams at McFarlin Auditorium

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Special to DFW.com/Rachel Parker

As the years accumulate, if you’re lucky, life begins to settle down. Read more

Miranda Lambert, Beyonce among Texas artists earning Grammy nominations

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Beyonce made history Friday, becoming the most nominated woman in Grammy history, with a total of seven nominations, for an overall total of 53. Read more

Review: Usher at American Airlines Center

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Special to DFW.com

For most music superstars, the formula is as follows: Hit it big, ascend into the cultural stratosphere, and wash, rinse and repeat until the public grows weary of you. Read more

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