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Matthew Ryan

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Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan 

When: Sun., June 27, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: Pay $8 in advance; or $10

Matthew Ryan mixes a traditional singer-songwriter style with ambient synthetics, like a cross between The Album Leaf and Leonard Cohen. Ryan's hushed rasp courses over a wispy, undulating mix of soft strum and burbling electronics, evoking the shimmery, insubstantial aura of a watercolor. The timbre of his voice recalls early Springsteen, though his sometimes overwrought confessional style also evokes Conor Oberst. The vocals can get a bit bombastic, but it's often counterbalanced by the subtlety of the arrangements. —Chris Parker



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