Now 17 years removed from his alt-rock radio hit "Novocaine for the Soul," Mark Oliver Everett and his chameleonic band Eels have the luxury of recording for a sizable and fervently devoted fan base that appears to be willing to follow them wherever Everett's peripatetic muse points next. On Eels' 10th album, Wonderful, Glorious, that predominantly means a rather schlocky retread of the garage-rock stomp that defined 2001's Souljacker, one of Eels' least memorable full-lengths. While Everett can still do hang-dog balladry better than almost anyone in the business — countrified ditty "On the Ropes" is yet another classic — his latest stabs at "rocking out" feel increasingly tired. That hardly matters for tonight's First Avenue gig, however, as Everett's notorious for throwing out the rulebook in concert. With Nicole Atkins. 18+.
Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2013