Critically lauded singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has spent the last six or so years of his lengthy career swinging between immaculate one-man-band electro-folk albums and rougher-hewn rock recordings alongside backing group the Lonely Astronauts, featuring Minneapolis's own Kraig Jarret Johnson on guitar. With the Astronauts out to pasture for the time being, Arthur founded a new unit alongside Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament dubbed RNDM to help give life to his ever hyperactive muse. (Arthur's "slow" years usually see at least one full-length album and an EP release.) Their debut album together, Acts, was recorded over the course of just a few days, working from half-finished demos both artists had at hand. The final product comes off like a higher-fidelity version of Arthur's Astronauts albums and features some of the most immediately catchy songs in his vast catalog with endearing forays into exuberant power-pop ("The Disappearing Ones") and jagged primal punk ("Throw You to the Pack"). With Gull. 18+.
Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m., 2012