Rock & Pop

Steve Gunn/Jennifer Castle

When: Tue., July 7, 9 p.m. 2015

Formerly the guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators, Steve Gunn carries that reverb-washed, dreamy-melody tradition proudly. Last year’s Way Out Weather demonstrates a songwriter who’s fallen in with rich dedication to a groove, a sense of identity and place. This is American music -- much like Vile’s, much like fellow Violator Adam Granduciel and his War on Drugs -- filtered through the psych-folk approach that’s getting honed like a fine battle-ax on U.S. tour circuits these days. Take the album’s title track, a westbound train piano melody chugs along the gentle lope of drummer Nathan Bowles’ kit. Gunn’s guitar work is sort of loose and tight at the same time. “Wildwood” is another good example of this; Gunn knows where he’s going, he just doesn’t happen to be in a hurry to get there. (Sandy)

Price: $10

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