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Jonathan Richman, Vic Chesnutt Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., June 11, 10 p.m. and Fri., June 12, 10 p.m. 2009

Vic Chesnutt didn’t have to go far for his latest collaboration, 2008’s Dark Developments (Orange Twin)—it’s a sweet little album with Elf Power, who share his hometown of Athens, Georgia. The Elephant 6 psychedelic treatment gives a golden lift to Chesnutt’s sardonic and often depressing lyrics—Dark Developments stands in sharp contrast to North Star Deserter, the beautifully bleak 2007 record he made in Montreal with a whole crowd of Constellation Records folks, including members of Silver Mt. Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Chesnutt isn’t bringing Elf Power on this trip—they’ve already taken two substantial tours together—but onstage he’s as wry and engaging as he’s ever been, so you probably won’t miss them. Jonathan Richman headlines. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15

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