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Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons 

When: Fri., March 16, 9 p.m. 2012
The first thing out of Jerry Joseph's mouth on his new double album is this: "I've got to tell you, I'd really love to get high." I'm guessing he achieves this goal almost immediately thereafter, because for the rest of the very lengthy Happy Book, Joseph and his longtime band the Jackmormons offer cheerfully blunted, jammy rock that's both energetic and totally glassy-eyed, dude. The breadth of this band is formidable, which is both a blessing and a curse: Joseph and Jackmormons effortlessly jump through countless stylistic hoops in their widely varying roots-rock, with guest appearances from members of the Decemberists and Richmond Fontaine—but sucking in the entire bulk of Happy Book can feel like trying to read an oversized book on a crowded bus. The band ushers the new record into the world at tonight's release show, and be certain there will be some jamming 'til the wee hours—you have been informed/warned. NED LANNAMANN

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