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When: Sat., April 19, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 20, 8 p.m. 2014

John Darnielle, the grimly funny acoustic balladeer who performs as the Mountain Goats, started out making cassette tapes in his bedroom, and he tends like a Stradivarius the 1989 Panasonic RX-FT500 boom box he used to record his latest CD, All Hail West Texas (Emperor Jones). Darnielle swears by its harsh, clattery sound, which seems to accent his primal guitar thrashing and nasal talking blues: "It sounds better than a studio," he enthuses on his Web site. "It always records a voice louder than a guitar." —J.R. Jones, 2002

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