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Preston’s picks: 4th of July Picnic at Billy Bob’s Texas; Mitski at Three Links

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4th of July Picnic at Billy Bob’s Texas

It’s that time once again — dust off your cowboy hat, find your favorite koozie and prepare to spend the day celebrating America with some good ol’ fashioned country and rock music. Billy Bob’s Texas, again hosting its own 4th of July Picnic this year, will be happy to accommodate your patriotic partying urges, setting up a quartet of acts guaranteed to get your toes tapping. Turnpike Troubadours, Shinyribs, Billy Joe Shaver and Mike & the Moonpies are on tap at the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk, which will be marking the Fourth just a couple days ahead of time (awful considerate, when you think about it: Now you’ll be able to spend the actual Fourth with burgers, firecrackers and frosty cold brews aplenty).

7 p.m. Saturday. Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. $20-$30.

Mitski at Three Links Event Center

One of the most arresting performances I saw at this year’s South by Southwest was courtesy New York-based singer-songwriter Mitski, whose performance at Stubb’s during a NPR showcase “peaked with some visceral, almost abrasive art-rock, alternately cooing and screaming. The ... music is like a raw nerve, one not everyone eagerly examined, but rewarding for those who did.” She pulled from her latest album, Puberty 2, which has dazzled critics, and her North Texas concert should prove every bit as electrifying and engaging as her turn in Austin earlier this year. With Jay Som and Japanese Breakfast.

9 p.m. Sunday. Three Links Event Center, Dallas. $13, $15 day of show.

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