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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

Review: Laura Marling at Kessler Theater

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Star-Telegram

Laura Marling’s songs are rather like roses: Lovely to behold, but capable of drawing blood if you aren’t careful. Read more

Review: Leon Bridges at Scat Jazz Lounge

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Special to the Star-Telegram

The cry came just before the night’s final song: “Leon — save music!” Read more

Old-school hip-hop act 2 Live Crew coming to Fort Worth

The new movie comedy Dope, which opened Friday across DFW, centers on three contemporary L.A. teenagers who are obsessed with ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop. Well, if they were in Fort Worth this weekend, they could indulge their passion by going to see Read more

Review: Ben Folds at House of Blues

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Star-Telegram

One song in, Ben Folds was already having problems. Read more

CD review: Leon Bridges, ‘Coming Home’

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Rambo

What Leon Bridges is doing on his first full-length album, Coming Home, isn’t as crucial as when he’s doing it. Read more

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