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Zapruder Point, Bill Fox All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., July 2, 10 p.m. 2011

The music world has a fascination with artists who pull a Rimbaud—that is, create a small amount of concentrated awesome and then just, well, stop. Conventional wisdom says it's not supposed to happen that way; musicians are supposed to die with instruments in their hands, and even if they run out of things to say they're expected to flog that dead horse till everyone's cringing at the rotten smell. Singer-songwriter Bill Fox fronted Cleveland indie-pop trio the Mice before releasing his wonderful 1997 solo debut, Shelter From the Smoke (reissued by Scat in 2009), and he hasn't made a new record since 1998's equally lovely Transit Byzantium. A lengthy 2007 profile in the Believer revealed that he's a moody recluse who mostly disavows his musical past. Fox just doesn't care how many fans he's earned with those two beautiful, jewel-like folk-pop records, filled with echoes of Alex Chilton, Bob Dylan, and early Simon & Garfunkel. He may not pass this way again—and unfortunately, I mean that literally. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $7

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