On last year's Real Animal, Alejandro Escovedo took an autobiographical stroll through a history as remarkable as any rock 'n' roll survivor's, especially one who is among the most talented songwriters of his generation. Although a member of the musically gifted Escovedo clan, he forged his own path right from the start, traversing punk, new wave, no wave, cowpunk, and exploring threads of folk and country. And he's flirted with death, now living with Hepatitis C for more than a half-decade. Love, pain, and loss dominate Escovedo's songs, and he writes about them with rare intelligence, full of emotion but never maudlin. And whether they're ballads, chamber pop, or snarly rockers, they synthesize a broad swath of styles, from glam rock to Tejano. Escovedo embodies the rock 'n' roll spirit—he's a real animal who should howl at the zoo. With Romantica. All ages. (Photo by Steve Hopson)
Sat., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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