The Tallest Man on Earth

Let's get the silly stuff out of the way first: Kristian Mattson (a.k.a. the Tallest Man on Earth) isn't really all that tall. But his majestic songs are indeed colossal, even if they are performed solely by a man and his battered guitar. Mattson's music is striking in its simplicity, and the unvarnished nature of his sound only serves to add to its appeal. The Swedish singer is touring behind his recently released gem The Wild Hunt, which should (in a just world) end up on many year-end 'Best Of' lists. And while his stellar recording output is enough to make a lasting impression on music fans everywhere, it's performing live where Mattson truly shines and his stately songs take flight. Though the Dylan comparisons continue to shadow him, Mattson wears the burden like a badge, even cheekily name-checking "Boots of Spanish Leather" on his excellent new single, "King of Spain." The plush confines of the Varsity Theater should be the perfect setting to witness one of the best songwriters in modern music spinning his searching tales of love and loss. 18+. (Photo by Johan Stolpe)
Sun., May 23, 8 p.m., 2010

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