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The Tallest Man on Earth, Lady Lamb 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Aug. 30, 9:30 p.m. and Mon., Aug. 31, 9:30 p.m. 2015

Unlike the hordes of solo dudes toting around acoustic guitars and issuing cracked, nasally croons reminiscent of Dylan, the Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) weaves his yarns with a much darker shade. His newest album, this year’s Dark Bird Is Home (Dead Oceans), features whirling yet driving acoustic lines undercut by strings, ambient electronics, and ticking noises—and an implicit understanding of the bleakness of the planet. But that doesn’t mean Matsson can’t still strum his Guild guitar right into a campfire circle if need be. Though the lyrics are most definitely sullen, the chorus of “Darkness of the Dream,” for instance, includes gospel-like vocal melodies that fall in with the triumphant thrum of the song. And on a track like “Sagres,” even when the rudimentary beat pops and dissonant noise fills behind the gentle guitar playing, Matsson leaves little doubt he could take the stage alone with nothing but a wooden stool and a microphone in front of him. Because though he might sound plenty vulnerable on Dark Bird, not once does his presence appear frail.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $27.50-$32.50

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