Jeffrey Lewis, Amenta Abioto, The Boy Who Lived, Jaimee Garbacik

When: Sat., July 6, 9 p.m. 2013

In a recent article for the New York Times, Jeffrey Lewis takes some time to dissect the impact that comes along with slight lyrical alterations in a song. He examines some classic songs and their early demos, handwritten lyric sheets, and live bootlegs to find slight tweaks in words and delivery that are able to elevate a message to new levels. It's a great read, especially coming from someone like Lewis, who has to be one of the most complex and literate lyricists making music right now. His songs are so jam-packed with allusions that you could spend days picking apart an album, attempting to footnote it line by line. Reading how a small live slip-up can send a lyric in a better direction, and of his regret in knowing the song is already committed to an album, makes you appreciate just how fine-tuned Lewis' songwriting is. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

Price: $8

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