Some things are just meant to be. Ryan Adams may have the soul of a punk rocker, and he certainly has an impressively encyclopedic knowledge of obscure hardcore bands from the early '80s, but he also has the voice of an angel — grievous or otherwise. For all his mainstream popularity, the North Carolina native is still in the process of discovering himself. His new album, Ashes & Fire
, isn't just his first full-length release since he disbanded the Cardinals several years ago; it also maps out how he moved to L.A. and reinvented himself as a still-vital creative force. "I'm just looking through the rubble, trying to find out who we were," he confesses on "Dirty Rain." Like so many exiles here, Adams has become someone new again, and it should be a heavenly combination when his beautiful voice rings out in this intimate cathedral of sound. Also Sat.
Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., 2012