Brendan Benson

While still best known for his stint co-fronting the Raconteurs alongside Jack White, Brendan Benson led a rich musical life long before he ever hooked up with Mr. White Stripe, and continues to hit new highs in his post-Raconteurs solo career with the release of this year's What Kind of World. All that time ripping it up with White has definitely shifted Benson's sound somewhat from the days of breezy power-pop masterpieces like 2002's Lapalco. On his fifth solo album, the amps are turned up and bluesy riffs predominate while maintaining Benson's knack for earworm melodies. Despite all the tough-guy Who-styled rockers, however, it's the poignant piano ballad that hits hardest, with present 89.3 the Current staple "Bad for Me" proving Benson just as adept at emulating top-shelf McCartney as he is the Daltrey/Townshend playbook. With Young Hines and the Howling Brothers. 18+.
Fri., June 29, 7 p.m., 2012

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