You've probably been hearing loose talk about this Gary Clark Jr. character for a minute now, and the reason for this becomes apparent some 60 seconds into any of the Austin native's songs. Commanding, vexing, and velvety as his voice is, it's little more than an appetizer for the instrument through which he can truly speak volumes: his guitar, electric or acoustic. Check the exacting tonality and thrill to the sublimity of lithe, blues-steeped licks. Clark can imbue a five-minute stretch with an oil-slick rainbow of emotions and aspirations, and when he drops a match into that oil slick, watch out.
Wed., Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m., 2012