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Chuck Prophet

When: Wed., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. 2013

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Chuck Prophet is one of those singer/songwriters whom crusty old music journalists love to tout—an underappreciated rock 'n' roll veteran who deserves to be a household name. In Prophet's case, the esteem is entirely deserved, as he remains truly one of the best in the game. Last year's terrific Temple Beautiful is the most recent in a lengthy string of albums he's released either under his own name or as part of paisley-country band Green on Red, and it contains all the ingredients that make rock crits dizzy: Dylan-descended lyrics, some power-pop melodies, a sorrowful ballad or two ("Museum of Broken Hearts"), and even a song about baseball, for chrissakes ("Willie Mays Is Up at Bat"). Prophet may aim square for the center of critics' hearts, but he'll hit yours as well; his songs really are that good, and his live show is nothing short of outstanding. He performs a solo set tonight. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $13-15

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