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Richard Buckner, David Kilgour 

When: Wed., Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $14-16

Nearly all his career, Richard Buckner's reputation has been caught in the unforgiving strip between alternative country and indie rock. After all, he sings in a tough Southern sneer that has more to do with his stint in Austin than his upbringing in California or residency in New York, and he's recorded with pedal steel ace (and Dixie Chick dad) Lloyd Maines and late fiddle master Champ Hood. But, even on the same album, he's worked with Tortoise's John McEntire and Giant Sand's Howe Gelb while exploring a vernacular—both musically and lyrically—that pushes fairly far afield from what you might call country. Buckner, for instance, has long been keen on skewed textural flourishes, like the electric fluorescence of magnets pressed against guitar strings or rhythms that crumble just as they get going. Lyrically, he's more poet than narrator, stringing together elliptical phrases that deal with setting and story in impressionistic bursts of color. His latest, Our Blood, pushes firmly into the land of indie rock, with that surly baritone commanding a small army of strange tones and oblong song structures. It's his best album in a decade. David Kilgour, the legendary frontman of The Clean, released another solo record of lush, swooning pop on Merge earlier this year; he'll co-headline with his labelmate. Tickets to the 8:30 p.m. show are $14 in advance, $16 day of show; visit —Grayson Currin

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