Although he gained a measure of fame with the proto-Americana band the Blasters, then with the L.A. punk band X, Dave Alvin is a criminally underappreciated guitarist and songwriter who has all too quietly created a distinct and rock-solid body of work. Actually, there's a good bit of country, folk, blues, and rockabilly entwined with the rock, a rootsy swath that matches his wiry, vividly detailed, oft-noirish stories about characters invariably plagued by hard times and heartache. Alvin's guitar weighs in with icepick stabs of irony, wild cries of angst, lashes of agonized truth. His latest, Eleven Eleven, grapples with lost love, faded memories of union solidarity, a ruined prizefighter, the death of Johnny Ace, vigilante injustice, raw lust, and other troubles. Alvin will be backed by his three-piece band, the Guilty Ones. (Photo by Deone Jahnke)
Sat., March 3, 7 p.m., 2012
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