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Son Volt and the High Strung 

Much like Lennon/McCartney, the mutual talents of Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar -- the dichotomous songwriting duo behind alt-country avatar Uncle Tupelo -- peaked just as their personal friendship began to disintegrate. Anodyne (1993) was the Abbey Road in Tupelo's sweet-as-honey songbook, a final, defining collaboration before the requisite fork in the road. While Tweedy went on to find fame and widespread acclaim with Wilco, Farrar's path would prove winding: retaining Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn to form Son Volt (which immediately paid dividends with 1996's transcendent Trace); breaking out for a string of uneven solo recordings; and, surprisingly, re-summoning Son Volt with an entirely new lineup for 2005's Okemah and the Melody of Riot, his best work in nearly a decade. As with like-minded musician Jason Molina, Farrar's many monikers take a backseat to his signature style, a cross between country-flecked roots rock and sullen, earthy folk. The March-released LP The Search (Legacy) is Son Volt's latest. The High Strung, a Detroit foursome signed to New Orleans-cum-Philadelphia imprint Park The Van, opens. Tickets $15. -- Noah Bonaparte Pais

8 p.m. Tue., May 8

The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

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