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Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby 

When: Sat., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $10-12
Wreckless Eric (Goulden) watched fellow Stiff Records stiffs Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Ian Dury explode while he was left writhing in comparative obscurity, but he's arguably just as noteworthy. The songwriter's first two records are some of the greatest, most forthright pop-rock records to hail from the New Wave period, particularly the single "(I'd Go the) Whole Wide World," which comes freakishly close to pop perfection. His new collaboration with wife—and formidable songwriter in her own right—Amy Rigby, A Working Museum, is an expectedly exquisite product. Magnificent opener "A Darker Shade of Brown" and suitably great follow-up "Days of Jack and Jill" recall the best and most obvious aspects of Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and the Kinks' post-Village Green, pre-Preservation years, but the real highlight is the buried, jangling, Byrds-y jewel "Rebel Girl Rebel Girl," which to these ears sounds better than most Roger McGuinn originals. MORGAN TROPER

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