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Jeffrey Lewis

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Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis 

When: Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

It's not surprising that Jeffrey Lewis made the comic insert for the Mountain Goats' Heretic Pride—his aesthetic recalls John Darnielle's early boom box recordings, which is to say "anti-aesthetic." Lewis frequently seems less concerned with what accompanies his free-ranging thoughts than using that self-conscious minimalism to highlight the lyrics. There's a nafish child-like aspect reminiscent of Jonathan Richman in the artlessness of his delivery—at times a near monotone—but great cleverness and wisdom in what he communicates. With 2009's fine 'Em Are I, Lewis embraces the band format to fine effect. The newfound vibrancy gives the songs added punch and allure beyond the words. With The Wigg Report and Billy Sugarfix. —Chris Parker

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