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James McMurtry, Joe Pug 

When: Mon., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $17-$20

James McMurtry had his "Eve of Destruction" moment in 2005, keenly capturing post-industrial America with his grim "We Can't Make It Here." By then, he'd been at work 16 years, bouncing between labels including Columbia and Sugar Hill. The son of the novelist Larry McMurtry, he shares a facility with phrase and narrative, striking a chord with his stark portraiture. His craggy baritone scans the empty rails ("Nothing to ship, nothing to pack, just busted concrete and rusted tracks") and surveys broken dreams ("Can she live on faith? Live on hope? High on Jesus or hooked on dope"). Fellow Austinite and Lightning Rod Records labelmate Joe Pug, a former UNC student touring behind his sophomore disc The Great Despiser, opens. Both acts perform with full bands. —Chris Parker


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