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Mark Abuzzahab leaving KKXT/91.7 FM

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Courtesy of KKXT

Mark Abuzzahab, who has been program director of adult-album-alternative public-radio station KKXT/91.7 FM since June 2011, will leave near the ... Read more

Kelly Clarkson stands up to ‘Most-Hated Woman in Britain'

Kelly Clarkson Portrait Session

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With a new album out and the announcement of a new tour, Burleson-bred Kelly Clarks... Read more

First round of performers announced for ACM’s Party for a Cause festival

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MCT

Arlington is poised to become Nashville West for a few days next month, as more of the festivities surrounding the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards take shape. Read more

Martina McBride's charity team to visit Tarrant Area Food Bank

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Team Martina

Country singer Martina McBride’s global charity group, Team Martina, will be in Fort Worth on March 28 to help the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves 13 counties in North Texa... Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from James McMurtry

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High Road Touring

Singer-songwriters like James McMurtry often hide in plain sight. Read more

Kelly Clarkson tour to feature Pentatonix

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Invision/AP

Burleson-raised singer Kelly Clarkson is keeping things local with her latest tour, which will feature Pentatonix, the a cappella sensation founded by Arlington Martin High grads Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado. Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will also be a special guest on th... Read more

Preston’s picks: Miranda Lambert at AAC; Alan Jackson at Verizon Theatre

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Fresh from her recent Grammy win, the pride of Lindale returns to North Texas. Read more

CD review: José González, ‘Vestiges & Claws’

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Malin Johansson

The latest album from Swedish-Argentine Jose González was partly produced by himself in his kitchen and the intimacy is felt throughout Vestiges & Claws. Read more

Encore Park to illuminate DFW's blues history

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Star-Telegram

On June 19, 1937, Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson turned up at 508 Park Ave. in downtown Dallas, and that simple act helped put the region on the musical map. Read more

‘The Ticket’ to add local-music show

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Courtesy of Mark Schectman

We all know by now that while KTCK/1310 AM “The Ticket” is primarily a sports station, it goes beyond sports into guy-talk topics and occasional musical digression. Now it’s going to have a two-hour local-music show on Sunday nights. Read more

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