Music, City Picks

City and Colour w/ Daniel Romano, David Bazan

When: Sat., June 2 2012

North of the border, Dallas Green is a pretty big deal. As one-fifth of the now-defunct post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Green opted to show a softer musical side in 2005 when he released Sometimes, an indie-folk album, under the alias City and Colour. Fans fell hard for his raw, confessional lyrics and began to herald him something of a punked-up Leonard Cohen, albeit one struggling with low self-esteem as opposed to buoyed by his own mythology of grandeur. This was exemplified in his most famous song to date, “Save Your Scissors,” where he warns potential love interests of his irreparably flawed soul, “Save your strength/Save your wasted time/There’s no way that I want you to be left behind.” And though he hasn’t lightened up any in the last seven years, his craftsmanship has grown. His latest album, 2011’s Little Hells, is a beautiful inferno and ode to some deeply personal torments, including the title track and the exquisite “Fragile Bird,” a song written for his wife a song written for his wife — afflicted with night terrors — that features the heartbreaking line, “All I can do/is hope she makes it through/the night.”

Andrea Warner

Price: $30, $25 (adv.)

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