Frequently, when a musician decides to release two or more albums within the same year, you find yourself wishing they just combined the best of the lot in order to make one stellar record. In the case of Cass McCombs, who released both Wit's End and Humor Risk in 2011, it's hard to imagine one without the other. Both albums keep alive the evocative story McCombs tells as a songwriter. After a stirring stop at the Entry in July in support of Wit's End, McCombs again returns to that intimate room as part of his Humor Risk tour, a slightly more boisterous affair than its spare predecessor, with a rougher edge to it, both lyrically and melodically. But no matter what album McCombs draws from, this is bound to be a fulfilling show. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2012