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When: Thu., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Morrissey may be popularly perceived as the King of Sadness Feelings, but his arch melodrama has always struck me as too closely related to handful-of-Tylenol "suicide attempt" drama queen-ism, which is just another way for somebody to say "Look at me!" Serious aficionados of feeling bad know that Lou Barlow is the true master of alt-rock miserablism. His 90s discography covers all the main flavors of depression, from the heartbroken "I could break down crying at any time" prettiness of Sebadoh's "Soul and Fire" to the abject "I haven't left the house or showered in a week" desolation of Sentridoh's "Choke Chain," and his frequent detours into hardcore bong-rip punk are a fair stand-in for manic jags. (Let's not talk about the Folk Implosion.) On his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown (Merge), he sounds more settled and less self-tortured, more expansive and less dependent on minor keys—but he can still write a tuneful, melancholy pop song, and the hushed "I'm Thinking . . . " is as dark as anything he's done. —Miles Raymer

Price: $25, 18+

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