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Preston’s picks: JD McPherson at Granada Theater; Majid Jordan at South Side Music Hall

JD McPherson
JD McPherson

JD McPherson at Granada Theater

The music Oklahoma native JD McPherson sounds like nothing short of a tonic in these weary times — a bracing kick of ‘50s rock and roll, shuffling and smiling and sending everyone out to the dancefloor. The singer-songwriter has earned plenty of critical raves for his backward-glancing but immediately thrilling songs, and he has been a fixture on America’s highways and byways, performing in support of his aptly titled 2015 sophomore effort, Let the Good Times Roll. Sometimes, it’s good to revel in yesterday, to help find strength to face tomorrow — McPherson makes it easy with his sepia-toned tunes, delivered with gusto. With Jake LaBotz and Vincent Neil Emerson.

8 p.m. Saturday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $24-$34.

Majid Jordan at South Side Music Hall

Toronto-based R&B duo Majid Jordan — Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman — first rose to fame as the haunting grace note on Drake’s arresting 2013 single Hold On, We’re Going Home. Drake knew he had something special, and signed Majid Jordan to his OVO Sound label, which, earlier this year, released the duo’s self-titled full-length debut. The transition from anonymity to major label spotlight hasn’t fundamentally altered the pair’s gauzy, sensitive take on R&B — Majid Jordan is at its best when it casually loses itself in the fuzzy edges and dim lights of tracks like Love Is Always There — and although Drake turns up to cameo on the single My Love, there’s no question as to whose show it is. With Wrestlers and DJ TJ.

8:30 p.m. Tuesday. South Side Music Hall, Dallas. $25.

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