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Fort Worth Music Festival announces initial bands for 2014

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All Eyes Media

Earlier today, the Fort Worth Music Festival announced its initial line-up of acts for its fourth annual incarnation, as well as confirming it will once again take place at Panther Island Pavilion, outside downtown Fort Worth. Read more

Why I flew 1435.9 miles to see a 44-year-old band

Kraftwerk

Special to DFW.com

Last week, I flew from Dallas to L.A. to see a band with a 67-year-old “frontman” who most people wouldn’t know from a college math professor. Read more

Preston’s picks: Cher at American Airlines Center; Schoolboy Q at South Side Music Hall

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Cher returns to North Texas for her first show in more than a decade. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from Eli Young Band and more

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Paradigm Agency

Although it seems as though Denton-formed Eli Young Band’s ascent has been shockingly swift, the hard-working country-rockers have actually been plugging away for nearly 15 years. Read more

South by Southwest: the good, the bad and the tragic

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Preston Jones

This year’s South by Southwest will likely be remembered more for the bad — a drunken driver killing three attendees and injuring 20 more; corporate saturatio... Read more

Johnny Clegg brings South Africa to North Texas

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Bass Hall

A few songs into his set at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall Tuesday night, South African singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg demonstrated a few high kicking steps of stomping Zulu dance, something that used to turn his shows into sweaty exultations of joy. Read more

CD review: Various artists, ‘Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

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The latest dystopian young adult big screen adaptation, Divergent, has high expectations for the box office, though its soundtrack offers an uneven bag of tracks. Read more

Concert review: Toadies at Martin House Brewing

Special to DFW.com

Back in late ’80s or early ’90s Fort Worth, there was a little punk club on Main Street called The Axis. I never set foot in the place; I was poor — even for the cover for that place — so I’d hang outside and listen to the bands play. There were often more peopl... Read more

SXSW Music: Toadies rip into ‘Rubberneck,’ while Analog Rebellion and Pageantry both shine

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Kirtland Records

The final full day of South by Southwest dawned gray and drizzling. Read more

SXSW Music: Sam Smith is a knockout, while Eagulls roar and the Hold Steady charms

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Danny Clinch

Music seeps from every conceivable corner of this city during South by Southwest. Read more

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