Paul Thorn

7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Beachland Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.

Paul Thorn blues rock

Brooding blues-rocker Paul Thorn gets dark on the new A Long Way From Tupelo. The Mississippi boy has plenty to talk about: He's the son of a preacher. He boxed Roberto Duran. He's a skydiver and former factory worker. And it all comes across in rough tunes about sinning (the heartfelt, country-kissed "All About People") and repenting ("I'm Still Here," a romper with a gospel-gal backup chorus).

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