Love & Theft

When Taylor Swift writes about real-life dudes, she typically eviscerates them, no matter their stature. (Ask Jake Gyllenhaal or John Mayer whether they regret playing with the country-pop princess' heart.) But the song "Hey Stephen," off Swift's 2008 album Fearless, was something else entirely. In it, Swift sings of giddy infatuation with a boy named Stephen, wishing that he'll one day choose her. Stephen is Stephen Barker Liles, whose duo (formerly a trio) Love & Theft toured with Swift when her ode-to-a-crush was in heavy rotation, and whose single "Angel Eyes" was among mainstream country's most infectious chart-toppers of this past summer. They recently hit the road with Jake Owen, leaving a tequila shortage in their wake. If only Swift cut loose like that, maybe she'd have a shot. With Big & Rich. MIKE SEELY

Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., 2012

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