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Tom Maxwell 

When: Wed., June 29, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $8-10

Hard times often prompt the finest art. So it is for Tom Maxwell's latest, Kingdom Come, his first release in a decade. He's endured his infant son's bout with leukemia and the dissolution of his marriage. He channeled those emotions into brilliant numbers such as the Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired "Why I Smoke" and the elegant chamber pop tune "Fuck It," which sounds like a Roger Waters outtake. During the bitter, biting pedal steel lament "What You Get," Maxwell suggests, "If you're needing safety, it's better to live in the past." Though the release favors the dark cabaret swing Maxwell championed with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, he's hardly limited to it. Maxwell will play two sets, starting at 9 p.m. —Chris Parker

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