Seven of This Week's Best Show Announcements: Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, The xx and More

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Mary J. Blige
Sunday, November 18, at American Airlines Center, $49.25-$199.25

Tickets go on sale today for Mary J. Blige's "Liberation" Tour, which will feature special guests Brandy and Kendrick Lamar. The tour is in support of Blige's upcoming 2013 release, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 2), the follow-up to her 2011 release, (Act 1). Blige says the album will feature a track called "Loving a Woman," a duet with Beyoncé.

Odd Future
Thursday, December 6, at Palladium Ballroom, $30

Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future, short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, stops by the Palladium to warm our hearts before the holidays on their Texas tour. This will sell out.

The Babies, Lonesome Ghost
Saturday, December 15, at Bryan Street Tavern, $8-$10

Brooklyn-based lo-fi outfit The Babies is an assemblage of rock musicians from other Brooklyn bands, and includes psychedelic jam band Woods' bassist Kevin Morby, and Cassie Ramone, lead singer of surf-punk group Vivian Girls. Together, the two started The Babies, a foursome whose members' busy schedules force them to play shows few and far between. See them with Canadian punks Lonesome Ghost.

The Phuss
Saturday, December 22, at Sundown at Granada, Free

DOMA-nominated punk trio The Phuss recently released a self-titled full-length, so you can expect to see a lot more shows coming out of them this winter.

Oil Boom
Thursday, January 10, at Sundown at Granada, Free

Local rock trio Oil Boom released its six-track record, Gold Yeller, this past summer and has been showcasing more of their blues rock at live performances around DFW. Listen to their DOMA-nominated track "The Great American Shakedown" for a better idea of what you're in for.

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The xx
The xx
Wednesday, February 13, at Granada Theater, $36

British group The xx have somehow managed not to fade into obscurity after the release of 2009's xx. They recently released their second studio album, Coexist, and kicked off a world tour earlier this month.

Taylor Swift
Saturday, May 25, at Cowboys Stadium

Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 for Taylor Swift's stop in Dallas on her 2013 North American tour. Last week, the singer-songwriter released her fourth full-length album, Red, and it already tops the iTunes album sales charts in 40 countries worldwide.

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