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Preston’s picks: JD McPherson at Granada Theater; Sam Outlaw at Twilite Lounge

JD McPherson
JD McPherson

JD McPherson at Granada Theater

Oklahoma native JD McPherson’s brand of rock ’n’ roll shuffles, kicks and stomps like it did when Elvis Presley was cutting sides in Sam Phillips’ ramshackle Memphis studio — which is to say, McPherson has a bone-deep affinity for rock as it used to be, not necessarily as it is. The singer-songwriter’s sophomore album, the aptly titled Let the Good Times Roll, picks up where his critically acclaimed 2010 debut, Signs & Signifiers, left off. His wiry vocals thread through rollicking (the title track, Bossy) and ruminative (Bridge Builder; Shy Boy) tunes alike. If the modern rock landscape leaves you cold, let McPherson take you back to the future. With Parker Millsap.

9 p.m. Friday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $16-$25.

Sam Outlaw at Twilite Lounge

’Tis the season to be thinking about giving gifts, and cozy Dallas bar/erstwhile music venue Twilite Lounge has one for you: Los Angeles troubadour Sam Outlaw, making his DFW debut for the price of zero dollars. Outlaw’s debut album, Angeleno, was produced by another Left Coast heavyweight — Ry Cooder — and enlisted help from members of bands such as Dawes and My Morning Jacket. Outlaw describes his style as “SoCal country,” which will make a fine contrast with the likely chilly conditions: Twilite Lounge says the concert will be held on its intimate (and, this being November, important to note: outdoor) courtyard stage. With Summer Dean.

10 p.m. Tuesday. Twilite Lounge, Dallas. Free.