HE WANTS YOU

Bob Dylan rolls into Barclays

The mythic perversity of Bob Dylan remains in full effect. Set lists for the four most recent shows (November 1 to 5) on the growling elder’s current arena tour reveal a grand total of zero songs from his autumnal September release, Tempest. Connoisseurs of the mystique, however, will argue that what Dylan sings is less important than how he sings it and that one’s appreciation correlates directly to familiarity with the text. So maybe he’s simply waiting for his audience to get Tempest’s archetypal shuffles, ballads, blues, and Leo DiCaprio shout-outs under its collective belt. (Me, I show up for Dylan’s increasingly rare Coltrane-like harmonica solos.) Former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler opens with possibly more than enough material from his roots-reviving new Privateering; i.e., don’t hold your breath for “Sultans of Swing.”
Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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