Richard Buckner, Melissa Swingle | The Pinhook | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Richard Buckner, Melissa Swingle

When: Thu., Oct. 10, 9 p.m. 2013

Richard Buckner has a long-running reputation as a peripatetic sort, having lived not only in most regions of America but also having crossed the northern border into Canada for a time. His music follows suit, breaking the lines between country and alt-country, indie rock and folk rock, poetry and prose and lyrics by binding them together with hardscrabble willpower. His indefinable aesthetic seems to be a chief reason that, though he's emerged as one of this country's most gripping lyricists over the last 20 years, he's generally lurked at the periphery of popularity in various scenes. Pay no mind to that, though: His new Surrounded is a charming and challenging record, delivering the same sort of stunning character portraits as Gillian Welch with anamorphic musical accompaniment. He sometimes invokes the pulse of techno beneath the burl of his hard strums and wobbly, pockmarked baritone. That doesn't make defining him any easier, but it's one of the best, simply being himself. —Grayson Currin

Price: $8

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