Mark Kozelek

Middle age is not a good place for ’90s college rockers to be. As the creative force behind Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, however, Mark Kozelek has long maintained an emotional and tonal consistency. He’s never tried to be young or attempted to wear the hiptard pants. Emerging from the slowcore end of the indie rock spectrum, he looked pretty dignified in his acting (and musical) role in Steve Martin’s recent Shopgirl. Now he’s collected all his lyrics, plus other musings and music, in the CD-enhanced book Nights of Passed Over. Tonight he may perform from SKM’s second studio album, April, which often trudges out of dorm-room mopery into a Neil Young march/trance tempo (as in “Tonight the Sky”). At a certain point, loss and longing are no longer adolescent complaints, but tokens of maturity—provided you accept their permanence. In which regard, I suspect Kozelek’s loyal audience is reluctantly but gratefully following along with him. With opening act David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 628-0888, $18. 8 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Wed., April 16, 8 p.m., 2008

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