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To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Boduf Songs, Zelienople 

When: Wed., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. 2008
Price: $8
Boduf Songs, aka Briton Mat Sweet, has released three records on the local Kranky label since 2005, but his latest, How Shadows Chase the Balance, is the first he’s supported with a U.S. tour. What’s surprising, though, isn’t that it took him so long to get here but rather that he ever plays out at all. His unhurried songs project an aura of paralyzed gloom leavened only with brief flashes of black humor. Sung in a breathy whisper that wouldn’t wake the cat and recorded alone at home with a bare-bones setup—one microphone, one acoustic guitar, and a handful of other instruments, sparingly applied—they’re the acme of hermetic bedroom balladry. On the records, the tunes rope you in with their insistent melodies and elegantly sparse arrangements; it remains to be seen how they’ll hold up live. Zelienople opens and fellow Kranky artists To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie headline. —Bill Meyer



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