From his early days with San Francisco band Red House Painters to his more recent solo albums and work with Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek has always been an unpredictable musician, crooning his tales of tragic boxers in a distinctively wounded baritone. This is the man, after all, who once released two albums of AC/DC covers, where he marvelously transformed the Australian hard-rock group's feral anthems into gentle singer-songwriter introspection. Not many folks have covered songs by both Stephen Sondheim and Hüsker Dü, but even when he's interpreting music by John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel, Kozelek tends to radically rearrange the structures until they're virtually brand new. On Sun Kil Moon's just-released Benji, he creates an eerie and unsettling mood on such twisted interludes as “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes” and “I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love.”

Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/08/14)

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