Hayden, Lou Canon

When: Thu., March 21, 9 p.m. 2013

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Long before Bon Iver was birthed in a sadness cabin deep within the melancholy forest and nursed with his mother's forlorn tears (all true, read it on Wikipedia), there was Hayden. For close to two decades the Canadian singer/songwriter—born Paul Hayden Desser—has developed from an asphalt-throated troubadour to his current, and more appropriate, style of heartbroken bedroom balladeer. A newborn in arms and a five-year absence from recording seemed like ominous signs of his musical demise, but Hayden has resurfaced with one of his finest offerings to date, Us Alone. There is little joy in opener "Motel," and that's perfectly fine, as Hayden attempts to reignite a past romance—be it with music or otherwise—as he sings, "I can't go on pretending this song is about young lovers born to run/When it's so clearly about you and me." Coupled with "Blurry Nights," the swirlingly sweet ballad with Lou Canon (tonight's opening act as well) and the upbeat single "Rainy Saturday," Us Alone makes sadness sound so wonderful. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

Price: $12-15

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