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Blake Mills

The White Dude with a Guitar thing has been going on for a while — like, since the instrument was invented and people had emotions they wanted to sing about. But in recent years, locking yourself up in a room and writing songs about heartbreak has become a bit of a cliche. Who’s to blame? Is it Bon Iver? Is it sophomores in college? Is it Urban Outfitters? It’s probably all three. That’s why when you have a singer-songwriter like Blake Mills, an artist who actually knows what he’s doing behind six-strings, it’s something of which you should take note. Make it a date night. Just don’t wear a fedora.

Wed., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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DYNAMIC DUO

When singer-songwriters Fiona Apple 
and Blake Mills announced this tour, which they’ve dubbed Anything We Want, they said in a typically verbose missive (at least for Apple) that they had “26 percent of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you.” Of course, the prospects are 
endless. The only trait they seem to share is understatement. On her most recent 
album, with the 23-word title The Idler Wheel. . . ., Apple erred toward moody, piano-based ruminations and quasi-psychedelic showstoppers, while Mills—who was Apple’s guitarist on The Idler Wheel—tends to use restraint as his secret weapon, holding back in his folky solo recordings until he swells to a shout. The few Anything We Want shows they’ve played at press time have found them working through a mix of new songs, some Apple classics, a Conway Twitty cover, and a number that showcases Apple on the drums. But with the ever temperamental Apple, that “26 percent” can change on a whim.

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2013

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Dawes

Think of the 2009 debut by these roots-rocky SoCal dudes (who used to be called Simon Dawes until Blake Mills split to do his own thing) as “Music from Little Pink.” They’ve got a good deal of the Band’s soulful-shaggy vibe but only a pinch of the top-shelf tunecraft that gave us gems such as “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” With Dylan LeBlanc.

Fri., July 23, 7:30 p.m., 2010