Mark Eitzel, Peter Buck

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

Mark Eitzel has a long history of spinning sad drunken barroom songs. But people grow up. So the heralded singer/songwriter, who spent a fair amount of his time at the helm of American Music Club singing about getting drunk bellied up at the bar, is now focusing more of his great storytelling abilities on tales of dinner parties and guests who bring terrible bottles of wine. This laidback approach to partying suits the folksy songs of Eitzel, as shown on his new solo album Don't Be a Stranger. His Americana-rich voice has all the lonely yearning of the past, with his trademark funny and smart and self-deprecating lyrics, like in album highlight "Oh Mercy," where he sings, "Please, please invite me to your party... I haven't talked to anyone in days/but look I brought all this imported beer." Then he gets all drunk and sloppy in the kitchen after enchanting everyone with erudite conversation. I guess some things don't change—you can count on Eitzel's well-crafted songs and lost weekends. With longtime collaborator R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on the same bill, this should be a grown-up evening of slow-sipping songs. COURTNEY FERGUSON

Price: $12

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