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The Fresh & Onlys, The Shilohs, Old Light 

When: Thu., July 10, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $12
You may've already heard the Fresh and Onlys. When the long-lost-then-found Rodriguez (subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man) returned to the stage, the Fresh and Onlys, a four-piece garage band from San Francisco, backed him up. "The Fresh and Onlys are a very cultured band," Rodriguez told me in 2012. "They have kind of a caliber, a high caliber of performance—and also in their demeanor." That's high praise from a man of such demonstrated character and no-bullshit bona fides. To be sure, supporting Rodriguez did not make the Fresh and Onlys, it emphasized their past excellence. But at the same time it's almost impossible that getting so close to Rodriguez and performing his songs night-in, night-out didn't affect the Onlys, whose House of Spirits, released last month, is smoky, groovy, gritty, and marvelously played. Though likely much more, the Onlys must've at least learned from Rodriguez the blessing of humility, if not that the cosmos maintains, at best, a cruel sense of timing and justice. ANDREW R TONRY

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