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With Rachel Yamagata. Wednesday, May 4, at the House of Blues.

Ryan Adams is many things -- a brilliant singer-songwriter, an alt-country bad boy, Americana-rock incarnate, a cocky bastard. Known for his pissy attitude and staggering confidence almost as much as for his musical abilities, Adams is the kind of performer who leaves an audience ready to pick fights with strangers. The former Whiskeytown frontman has had the music world singing his praises and cursing his name since his solo debut in 1999, but it takes more than name-calling to halt an ego of these proportions. You know, sticks and stones and . . . uh, clumsiness? Last year, Adams was forced to cancel a large portion of his world tour when he broke his wrist after a fall from a stage in Liverpool. Yes, but words . . . words will never hurt him.

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