Music Around Town

Greg Laswell

When: Sat., June 16 2012

Greg Laswell has always looked at both the highs and lows with his music. He can capture the brightest moments with an elegant melody, or reveal darker ones with his emotional lyrics. In many ways, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter from San Diego is recording his life’s journey with open-diary candor. On his recently released fifth album, Landline, Laswell continues to look at life from all angles on tracks like the sizzling single “Come Back Down” and the slow and intimate “It’s Settled Now.” If his music sounds a little familiar, it's probably because Laswell’s infectious hooks and tender songwriting have graced tons of TV shows over the past decade, including Grey’s Anatomy, House, and NCIS. His solemn arrangement of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was even covered on Glee. Onstage, Laswell is earthly and approachable, chatting with fans between songs and cracking jokes. He even asks his openers to join him for a song or two from time to time, inviting even more intimacy. With Elizabeth Ziman. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $12 in advance. – Ben Gifford

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