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Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday To-Do: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

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8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

Will Oldham, who's recorded, alternately, under his own name as well as Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs and just plain Palace, seems to have settled on the Bonnie “Prince” Billy moniker. The Louisville singer/songwriter has been in the public eye since 1987, when he starred, convincingly, as a teen-age preacher in John Sayles' film “Matewan.” Five years later, he started releasing music, and it's hard to think of many others who've been more prolific in the last 15 years. His music, generally, is of a piece with that old, weird America, the eerie and ribald and profound folk music of an earlier generation. Within his typically shambling arrangements, his creaky voice often gets mistaken for that of an old man. Yet, a devoted following knows the score. In a recent profile, the New Yorker concluded that “Oldham must be one of the country's most celebrated singer-songwriters, and if it's a relatively small number of people doing the celebrating — well, that just shows how hard they've been working.” Look for those passionate adherents to spill out of the woodwork on Monday. New Zealand's Bachelorette opens with pysch-pop meditations on technology.

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