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Preview: Steve Gunn 

The folk and blues guitarman comes to Gasa Gasa March 20

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Photo by Constance Mensh

New York City booking agency The Bowery Presents has made The Civic Theatre into its New Orleans flagship venue, a southern Bowery Ballroom of sorts. Now, in Gasa Gasa (with which it partnered in November), it has its Mercury Lounge: a smaller, more intimate stage to host acts like The Dodos (who brought down the house last month) and Steve Gunn, the ideal player for this type of room. Gunn has been on the verge of a breakthrough for years, releasing a steady stream of double- and triple-tracked folk and blues guitargasms under his own name, as well as collaborating with an impressive spectrum of rock and drone musicians (Magik Markers, GHQ, Kurt Vile and the Violators). His fifth LP, 2013's ironically named Time Off, seems to have opened a floodgate for the already prolific artist. Last year welcomed three new directions for Gunn: two outre combos (Seasonal Hire, with Appalachian mountaineers Black Twig Pickers, and Cantos de Lisboa, with U.K. blues outcast Mike Cooper) and Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors), a solo summit that concentrates his layered acoustic, electric and pedal-steel fretwork, shepherded by an unhurried, unworried delivery very much in the key of Philadelphia road warriors Vile and The War on Drugs. As did The Dodos, he'll make six strings sound like 60. Chicago-based singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, whose gorgeous Dead Oceans debut Primrose Green is due at the end of the month, opens. Tickets $10.


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