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Colin Stetson, Justin Walter, Grammies 

When: Thu., June 20, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $13-15
Colin Stetson doesn't really play the saxophone; he inhabits it. As a sideman, Stetson has performed on albums with the likes of Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, and Feist while touring as a member of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, but his solo output is a different beast entirely. His latest, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (featuring occasional guest vocals by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon), is as good a place to start as any. The saxophone is recorded with no overdubs, with looping phrases made possible by circular breathing, overtones the result of embouchure, percussion courtesy of Stetson's fingers flying across the instrument and the stamina to do it all at once coming from sheer force of will. But Stetson's solo work is more than just a marvel in technique—it's a bubbling stew that's as hearty as it is exotic. MATT SULLIVAN

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