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My Morning Jacket, Hiss Golden Messenger All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Tue., June 9, 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 10, 7:30 p.m. and Thu., June 11, 7:30 p.m. 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Louisville superrock, mega-riff team led by high-flying front man Jim James released their seminal record It Still Moves. That album marked the beginning of My Morning Jacket’s shift from writing comfy, elegant tracks coated in reverb and sewn together by the luster of James’s voice to writing auditorium-ready, psych-tinted jammers that combust like a chorus of Roman candles being shot off from the back of a moving pickup truck. The band’s nostalgic trips were supplanted by spiritual vision quests as James appropriated the aura of an eccentric shaman somewhere along the way and complemented that vibe with not-so-subtle tweaks of funk and sass. Their newest album, The Waterfall (ATO), is as massive as its predecessors. A track might unravel into a snaking hypnotic chant (“Like a River”), or be bookended by an ominous proggy synth line (“In Its Infancy (Waterfall)”), or be powered into the stratosphere by space riffs and James’s extraterrestrial mystique. And with each album—and each mutation of the My Morning Jacket phenomenon—comes a new book of songs that adds fuel to what’s long been one of the best live spectacles in rock. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $26-$56

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