by DWIGHT HOBBES June 27 at the Triple Rock Social Club | 9 p.m | $5/$7 |
Know the problem with calling someone a genius? The word is so used up it no longer means anything. Which makes life real interesting when you come across an artist along the lines of Southerly, aka Krist Krueger, to whom the term inarguably applies (actually it’s a band, but this guy does all the singing and writing). Krueger’s songwriting range alone is fascinating: He’s inventive across genres and is an excellent case of that rare combination--amazing art that still has commercial appeal (sorry, but being gifted does not mean only five people like what you do). The album Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist gives you an incredibly seductive blend of a rural folk sound with moody rock as the backdrop for wizened poetry. And Krueger’s matter-of-fact vocals are perfect for the material. With Jeff Hanson, Hallelujah The Hills. $5/$7 at the door. 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Avenue on the West Bank in Minneapolis.