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Howe Gelb, Grant-Lee Phillips 

When: Mon., May 12, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $20-23
There's more than one way to pursue an artistic life, and Howe Gelb stands as proof. While the norm might be to find an existing scene, Gelb instead created one, launching the first incarnation of Giant Sand almost 35 years ago from Tucson's sun-baked environs. Gelb's output since has been head-spinning, releasing numerous solo albums of various stripes, at least as many more with Giant Sand, and still others with OP8, the Band of Blacky Ranchette, and Giant Giant Sand. Add to that the odd production credit and direct responsibility for the existence of Calexico and the Friends of Dean Martinez, and it's clear why Gelb is considered something of an icon in certain circles. His latest, The Coincidentalist, is a typically understated collection that finds him joined by Steve Shelley, M. Ward, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, KT Tunstall, and Jon Rauhouse, among others, and ranks with his best work. Bonus: Grant-Lee Phillips opens, making his first Portland appearance since a torn ACL forced a cancellation of a Grant Lee Buffalo reunion show a couple of years back. JEREMY PETERSEN

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