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Thursday, May 20, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Greg Laswell

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Those guys said to meet them here
  • "Those guys said to meet them here"

Let’s face it: When you’re truly bummed-out and deeply blue, few people want to know you. Sometimes that’s OK, since you might be feeling a bit allergic to people anyway, even the friendly ones. That’s where singer-songwriter Greg Laswell comes in. On his latest album, Take a Bow, he knows how you feel — the textured, thundering “Come Clean” gives catharsis, “In Front of Me” drips with resignation, and “Marquee” lends weary irony. Laswell’s gauzy voice and simmering melodies gently reflect hints of liberating relief. Still, Take a Bow never succumbs to poor-me pouting. Misery loves company, but it’s best if it’s stimulating company. Laswell plays House of Blues’ Cambridge Room at 9 p.m. Jimmy Gnecco and Brian Wright open. Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. —Mark Keresman

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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