Daniel Johnson will forever be an indie-rock cult hero, a perfectly fragile pop artist whose unsophisticated approach provides a harrowing look into life and love. His cartoon-adorned tapes and records, arriving in bucketloads since 1981, have always been faultlessly lo-fi and vulnerable. However, his umpteenth album, Is and Always Was, picks up where his failed 1994 major label bid Fun left off, beefing things up with some quality production and even studio musicians, including Beck drummer Joey Waronker. No matter what he's bringing to Highline, his live presence is always as electrifying as his personality. With the Capitol Years and Hymns.
Wed., Oct. 14, 9 p.m., 2009
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