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Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Felsen, New Mexican Revolution

When: Fri., Nov. 9, 9 p.m. 2012

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I regret enlisting a laughably trite opening line like this, but how come Jeffrey Lewis isn't huge? There's no doubt that he's one of the best lyricists currently producing music—easily right up there with John Darnielle—but how many more fucking records does this guy have to make (including various collaborations, he's released over 20) until he achieves anything that even remotely resembles a break? Why isn't he selling out arenas or making national television appearances or gaining recognition as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation? It seems like Lewis occupies somewhat of a blind spot: too "creepy" and emphatic and genuinely nerdy (not like Rivers Cuomo or Michael Cera adorable-nerdy) to appeal to any facet of the mainstream, while the parochial pitchfork-wielding critics have consistently accused him of mere Richman imitating. Those people don't know what love is and are bad at listening to music. "Don't Be Upset" is a perfect mid-autumn jam, and several others come close. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $10

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