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Any way the wind blows: Pentatonix takes on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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RCA Records

Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before an... Read more

Around Cowtown: The many musical lives of Darrin Kobetich

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Special to the Star-Telegram

The other day I was talking to music photographer John Erwin, and he asked me if I’d met Darrin Kobetich, a local guitar player. You will not find a more dedicated advocate for Funkytown musicians than Erwin, and he often gives me tips on good people to follow. Read more

Concert picks: Black Violin; Old 97’s County Fair

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Paul Moore

The two hot shows in DFW to catch this week. Read more

Leigh Ann Adam named morning-show host at Star 102.1

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Courtesy of iHeartMedia

In what amounts to a not very big surprise, former KVIL personality Leigh Ann Adam has been named morning-show host at KDGE/102.1 FM “Star 102.1,” iHeartMedia announced Thursday morning. Read more

Around Cowtown: Kira Jari at Shipping & Receiving

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Special to DFW.COM

Saturday, I stopped by Shipping & Receiving bar in Fort Worth’s near south side to check out Kira Jari, a punk band I heard was playing out on the massive patio. But when I got there, the large outdoor area was covered with vendors, zine publishers and artists. Read more

Drake smashes a few barriers with ‘More Life’

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Invision via AP

An album. A mixtape. An audiobook in which he annotates his old scripts from “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Read more

Irving Music Factory announces opening lineup

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Live Nation

It has been a long time coming but the newest music/entertainment venue in North Texas, the Irving Music Factory in Las Colinas, finally has an opening date: Sept. 1 with a set from comedian Dave Chappelle. Read more

The Beatles come alive in ‘Let It Be’ at Bass Hall

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Todd Moffses

If there is such a thing as boomer heaven, this is probably what it looks and sounds like. Read more

Arenda Light, Dead Vinyl and Animal Spirit at Magnolia Motor Lounge

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Special to DFW.COM

Last Friday I was looking for a place to try out a new camera, which means looking for some musicians at whom to point the thing. My thoughts turned to Magnolia Motor Lounge off the Seventh Street corridor. Good food, good music, and real lights, not those crappy LEDs everyone else uses. Read more

The Shins and Spoon: Middle-age against the machine

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Zuma Press via TNS

At 46 and 45 years old, respectively, James Mercer of the Shins and Spoon’s Britt Daniel might be the most prominent middle-aged guys in indie rock. Read more

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