With Aqualung and Minibar. Friday, March 9, at the House of Blues.

Pete Yorn 

With Aqualung and Minibar. Friday, March 9, at the House of Blues.

Pete Yorn wears his heart on his sleeve, and we, the adult-album-alternative demographic, are the better for it. You see, he could be tagged as just another angst-ridden "singer-songwriter," the way actors were tagged "communists" by the federal thought-police in the '50s. But Yorn rocks too often and has a dandy flair for power-pop hooks, while also maintaining a non-hokey, roots-rock ambiance -- you listening, Artist Formerly Known as Cougar?

Hell, he even had the guts to take on a classic slice of pop history, rendering a respectful but not slavish tribute to "Suspicious Minds," one of Elvis' most unique and best hits. Furthermore, Yorn engaged in some creative genre-bending with country music's favorite seditionists, opening for those Dixie Chicks on last year's tour.

"I wrote songs with them," says Yorn. "We just had a good relationship. So I asked them to play on a couple songs that I was recording [for Nightcrawler], and their management expressed interest in me opening for them." Hmm . . . maybe he is a communist . . . wait, wrong decade -- a terrorist!

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