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When: Mon., June 9, 7 p.m. 2014

Singer-songwriter Phil Lee is the quintessential roots-rock journeyman, and moved all around the country before settling in Nashville—though his music makes him sound like he’s from Texas. His most recent album, last year’s The Fall and Further Decline of the King of Love (Palookaville), moves easily among all sorts of idioms, among them Slim Harpo-style swamp blues (“Blues in Reverse”), Dylan-flavored folk-rock (“Cold Ground”), rollicking Tex-Mex (“I Like Everything”), wry country-blues (“What Your Baby Wants”), and old-time folk (“Let Your Mind Roll On”). The most distinctive thing about Lee’s music is his bitingly funny storytelling—he’s a sharp observer of everyday relationship foibles, especially vanity, selfishness, and tone deafness—and his cracked, soulful voice helps make his songs feel lived-in rather than merely performed. Lee will play solo, though he says Chicago guitarist Jan King might join him. —Peter Margasak

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