Ezra Furman is equally in his element earnestly crooning an acoustic ditty as he is barking like a punk-rock madman over roaring electric guitars. Over the course of three albums with the Harpoons, the singer-songwriter has gradually honed both sides of his musical persona. Last year's woefully overlooked Mysterious Power boasts both a top-shelf heart-on-sleeve ballad ("Don't Turn Your Back on Love") and highly acidic post-punk anthem ("I Killed Myself But I Didn't Die" is the best song the Pixies' Black Francis never wrote). Flying solo for the first time on 2012's The Year of No Returning, Furman continues to expand his sound, bringing his reedy voice to material echoing rock's formative years ("That's When It Hit Me" plays like punk-rock Buddy Holly) and its genre-blurring present. Fans of eccentric and impassioned performers take note: Ezra Furman is a maverick ready and waiting to be your new love. With Chamberlin and Brian Laidlaw. 18+
Thu., April 26, 8 p.m., 2012
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