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Calvin Johnson, Banana Lazuli

When: Mon., Sept. 23, 9 p.m. 2013

A pioneer of the American indie rock underground, Calvin Johnson presaged the current stylistic sprawl of that scene decades ago. Not content to lead a rock band like Merge's Mac McCaughan, Johnson's many crews and collaborators pivoted from disorienting funk to ramshackle pop-rock. During recent years, he's lead the new Hive Dwellers and toured occasionally behind a handful of solo records. His 2005 LP, Before the Dream Faded, presented a perfect encapsulation of his broad interests, with his droll but strangely dreamy baritone ensconced in playful electronica, breezy folk-rock and thumping garage primacy. Greensboro's Banana Lazuli—a polyglot who sings sweetly over thumb piano and simple electronics, not unlike CocoRosie—opens. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $5

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