Mark Kozelek, now best known as the man behind Sun Kil Moon after more than a decade in Red House Painters, has written glacial but entrancing singer-songwriter fare for the past quarter century. In the run-up to February's Benji, Kozelek's sixth album as the mastermind of SKM, he already had an audience more patient than most prepared for the challenge of an album so lyrical that Pitchfork assembled a goddamn glossary, spanning Kozelek's rock fandom and formative sexual encounters. The especially talky album was still a gamble for Kozelek. The eighth song on the 62-minute record is called "I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same," it tops 10 minutes in length, and (surprise!) it's about the inventive Zeppelin concert film. At least at the start. Kozelek, born in Ohio and now 47, recollects Jimmy Page's guitars and John Bonham's drums, setting up the intoxication he felt upon landing his own first record contract in '92. He's no longer riding that wave, but he's equally wizened all over Benji. With Actual Wolf. 18+.
Wed., July 16, 7 p.m., 2014