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Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 1, 7 & 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
With the new Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian), Damien Jurado is now 11 studio albums in, and one of the folk-leaning singer-songwriter’s enduring draws remains his quiet loner air. It’s never been much of a stretch to imagine Jurado hitchhiking across a desolate stretch of middle America (somber demeanor, restrained croon, and acoustic guitar in tow), trying to end up lost so he can find out what it all means. It’s a comforting image, and he’s good at conjuring it. But Jurado’s collaboration with songwriter and producer Richard Swift has left that modest, solemn acoustic troubadour miles back in the dust. According to Jurado, Brothers and Sisters is a sequel to 2012’s Maraqopa, their themes extensions of each other: both involve a man disappearing and/or searching for himself. But the musical settings for those themes make for Jurado’s most adventurous and interesting album to date—it’s not just its title that’s out-there. Maybe it’s Swift’s influence or maybe Jurado was just ready for a change, but the singer has opened up his vocals to a more up-front sort of soulfulness—and on top of that he drowns them in echo-laden psych effects, weaves in tribal drumming and other extracurricular percussion, and pushes the grooves till they’re practically danceable. And I still feel like these two are just getting started. —Kevin Warwick Courtney Marie Andrews opens. Late show sold out. Early show 18+, late show 21+.

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