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Bob Dylan, Dawes 

When: Thu., May 2, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $30-60

Last year's Tempest might have been Bob Dylan's best-received album in a decade, but what's new and what's old hardly matters when the songwriter takes the stage these days. His performances are bound to attract detractors, as he sings somewhere between a murmur and a slur. But with a whipsmart band at his side, Dylan takes audiences on a five-decade game of musical charades by redressing the hits and the anthems in shapes so strange that you might not be able to spot the tune until the chorus. In a music market where indie rock bands reunite to play only the hits and to take home the payload, Dylan's insistence not only on touring but on playing these songs as he damn well sees fit is reinvigorating. Yes, a little more enunciation might be nice, but Dylan has long offered bountiful rewards to the closest listeners. Mere weeks away from age 72, he hasn't changed a bit, at least in that respect. Los Angeles folk-rock band Dawes opens. —Grayson Currin

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