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Rhett Miller, Telegraph Canyon Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. 2009

Old 97's front man Rhett Miller may be a hopeless romantic, but his latest solo album, Rhett Miller (Shout! Factory), is about a bunch of guys who are hopeless in somewhat different ways. The narrator in "Another Girlfriend" passes on a chance to cheat, but before we have much time to appreciate his restraint, he sings, "Last thing I need is another girlfriend / Two's enough for me." In most of the other songs Miller gives voice to characters who are less cads than clods, rambling starry-eyed about the romance that eludes him: he might sing about changing his ways after it's too late ("Like Love") or simply delude himself into believing that the object of his affection cares about him too ("Caroline"). The album flags a bit toward the end, but it's much scrappier and leaner than its predecessor, The Believer (2006). Miller is one of the finest contemporary writers of silly love songs, crafting wonderfully sweet melodies to help his often bitter words go down easy. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20, 18+

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