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Sunday, October 17, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Paste Magazine Tour With Jason Isbell

Posted By on Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Since the Paste Magazine Tour was announced a few months ago, the actual magazine folded. But its name is still attached to this cross-country show headlined by former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell. His band the 400 Unit gives his southern rock a crackly spin with twangy guitars and jangling keyboards. The Alabama native split from the Truckers in 2007, but he still writes the kind of rock anthems that hurtle through a room. He’s joined on tour by Langhorne Slim, a Brooklyn singer-songwriter who brings his own southern spin to indie music. His songs bounce restlessly from one guitar-fueled stomper to another. The most intimate music on the road show comes from Oregon’s Mimicking Birds, a trio that toils in contemplative reflection and beautifully twisted atmospherics. Understated vocals brush on top of looped acoustic guitars in nearly every song. The Sweet Hereafter’s Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher round out the lineup with a set of tunes filled with spacious organ and haunting voices. The magazine may be gone, but the Paste name lives on with these artists — all of whom were championed in its pages during its brief, prominent run. Paste Magazine Tour, with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher, and Mimicking Birds, plays the Grog Shop at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $13 in advance. —Danielle Sills

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