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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday To-Do: Ben Kweller

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 5:16 AM


9 p.m., Juanita's. $15 adv., $17 d.o.s.

Even before I was able to turn my opinions about music into a way to pay the light bill, I've been a big fan and proponent of Ben Kweller, the nebbish Texan power-popper who, for reasons beyond me, has toiled away on the sidelines of fame since fronting teen-rock act Radish as a 14-year-old and finding himself semi-famous because of it. Sure, his earnest penmanship can steer him closer to "indie rock for your little cousin" territory instead of the critically-preferred Jerry Jeff Walker, et al. roads, but to my ears, he's remained one of the most endearing, biting songwriters of his generation. From his 2002 teen-pop debut, "Sha Sha," which for eight years has had a permanent place in my "on the road essentials" CD binder, to last year's "Changing Horses," his matured, 10-track exercise in traditional country storytelling and saloon harmonies, Kweller has managed to keep me — and thousands of others in his dedicated fanbase — interested.

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