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Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast headline ACL

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For its 13th year, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is nabbing some big names for special, one-off performances. Eminem, making his only appearance in the Southwest U.S. this year, will headline both weekends of ACL at Zilker Park (Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12), along with Pearl Jam, the reunited... Read more

Concert review: Michael Lee at O’Sheas Irish Pub in Grapevine

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Special to DFW.com

It was Easter weekend, and most people have their family traditions. Egg hunts and religious observances have their merits — but mine is seeing a blues band at an Irish pub. It’s a bit of a challenge, but luckily this year Michael Lee was playing a joint called O’Sheas Irish ... Read more

Review: Old 97’s at Strauss Square

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Eric Ryan Anderson

More than most Old 97’s performances in North Texas, Saturday’s showcase in the heart of downtown Dallas truly felt like a homecoming. Read more

Review: Neil Young at the Meyerson

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Danny Clinch

Neil Young, seated on stage at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Thursday, selected his acoustic guitar from those arrayed around him. Read more

U.K. singer Laura Mvula doesn’t fit into easy stereotypes

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Tom Oxley

When English singer-songwriter Laura Mvula sent out demos of her music a few years ago, she wasn’t sure if she might be sending her songs into a black hole. Read more

Old 97’s: Still alive and wired

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Shore Fire Media

Rock ’n’ roll has never been ambivalent about aging. Read more

Five essential Old 97’s songs

Narrowing down the catalog of the Old 97’s to just five songs is a fool’s errand — everyone has their favorites, and everyone’s favorites, give or take a couple unimpeachable cuts, are different. (For instance, it pains me to leave off Barrier Reef, Read more

Concert review: Pet Shop Boys

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Astralwerks

DALLAS -- Say what you will about the Pet Shop Boys but no one can accuse these guys -- frontman Neil Tennant and silent sidekick on the keyboards Chris Lowe -- of resting on their luxurious laurels. After more than 30 years making smartly crafted and wryly amusing electro-pop and commercially pe... Read more

Review: Secret Sisters, ‘Put Your Needle Down’

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Universal Republic

Like orchids blooming in the swamp, the Secret Sisters embody beauty amid harshness. Read more

Preston’s picks: Lana Del Rey at Verizon Theatre; Future Islands at Three Links

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Lana Del Rey is preparing to release her third studio album. Read more

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