When: Sun., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Ryan Adams has frequently lived up to the Dylan comparisons thrown his way, but never more so than during the period following 2000's Heartbreaker. That's when he delivered his fans a million things—metal albums, rap songs, weird diversions into Grateful Dead emulation—that weren't at all what they wanted, which was nothing more or less than another Heartbreaker. Adams's recent Ashes & Fire (Pax-Am/Capitol) is a lot like Dylan's 70s albums, where he finally stopped spinning out and returned to sounding like classic Dylan. And like Dylan, Adams sounds like an artist finally comfortable enough in his own skin to embrace the things his fans latched onto in the first place. —Miles Raymer Jessica Lea Mayfield opens.