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Music News: Maren Morris Gets the Nod, Selena Gomez Takes a Break & More

Don't mess with North Texas country ladies. That seemed to be a recurring theme this week, as two of them — Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert — made headlines by notching up some big-time awards (or at least award nominations). But there's been a lot more happening closer to home too, including news for a couple DFW music venues reopening after renovations.

Maren Moris Nominated for 5 CMAs

While Lindale native Miranda Lambert was busy accepting the inaugural Merle Haggard Award from the Academy of Country Music, Maren Morris reminded the world that there's more than one female country artist kicking ass these days. The breakout singer from Arlington whose debut album, Hero, topped the country charts this year, scored five nominations from the Country Music Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Album of Year.

Selena Gomez Takes Break for Lupus Treatment

The last we heard from Selena Gomez, the former Disney star was delivering a sick burn to her ex, Justin Bieber, even prompting the "Sorry" singer to delete his Instagram account. But the news this week from the Grand Prairie native was much more serious, as she told People magazine that she's taking a break from performing due to complications from lupus, which she confirmed having been diagnosed with last fall.

Club Dada Renovates Its Patio

The patio at Club Dada has long been one of the best places to catch outdoor music in Dallas (the best, even, if you ask us), but it hasn't been very busy of late. That's because the Deep Ellum club, under the guidance of new talent buyer Moody Fuqua, has been busy giving it an extensive overhaul, including seating and an overhang. The new digs made a bit of a soft debut last night, as Dezi 5's kick off for the new local-music series, LOKAL, was moved inside, but the patio was still open.

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Ridglea Room Closes on Return to Live Music

Six years ago this month, Gas Pipe (yes, that Gas Pipe) owner Jerry Shults took over the historic Ridglea complex over in Fort Worth. For most of that time, one of the Ridglea's three adjoining rooms, the Ridglea Room, that had once hosted live music has gone largely quiet. But, as the Star-Telegram reports, that could change soon, as Shults wraps up renovations and plans to host an AC/DC tribute act Back in Black on Sept. 17.

Toadies Show Up in New X-Men Comic

More than 20 years on from their signature record, Rubberneck, the Toadies have done what any industrious band would do in their place: Turn themselves into a brand. That means specialty beers and, well, a lot of specialty beers. But it also means the occasional cameo, like an appearance in the latest X-Men comic, issue 92, which came out this week. In it, Vaden Todd Lewis and the boys show up at, get this, a music festival named LILAPALOOZA, where the X-Men are working security.

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