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Wand, Speck Mountain, Scott Tuma & Mike Weis Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., Aug. 5, 9:30 p.m. 2009

James Jackson Toth’s fans manage to keep up with his prolific output despite his habit of releasing records under a bewildering array of names, but someone ought to convince the Entity Formerly Known as Wooden Wand that he’d be a bigger deal if he could pick just one nom de freak and stick with it—maybe Michael Gira will manage to do that, now that Toth is signed to Young God. Toth has two newish releases under the Wand name, the very-limited-edition vinyl Born Bad (Mad Monk/People in a Position to Know) and a collection of home recordings and demos called Hard Knox (Ecstatic Peace). A small group of consistent collaborators helped him settle the eerie, free-flowing, darkly romantic blues on Hard Knox into a focused and forceful form, but he parted ways with many of them in 2008, including his wife, Jexie Lynn—one of a series of private calamities that helped produce the grim, skeletally bare tunes on Born Bad. Speck Mountain and Scott Tuma & Mike Weis open. —Monica Kendrick

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