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The Tallest Man on Earth, Strand of Oaks

When: Sat., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. 2012

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On his third album, There's No Leaving Now, the Tallest Man on Earth—the alter ego of not-especially-tall Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson—dabbled in overdubs, augmenting his simply strummed acoustic songs with electric guitars and keyboards. The result is largely unobtrusive for fans of Matsson's unadorned guitar-and-voice arrangements, leaving alone the simplicity of his heartfelt Dylanisms. Even if the feeling is that There's No Leaving Now doesn't quite capitalize on the promise of Matsson's often magnificent work—he has yet to deliver an album that's flawless from start to finish—he's in full command of one of the most powerful one-man shows around. Hopefully the intimacy won't be lost as he plays his biggest Portland venue to date. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $20

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