The Minus 5

One can only imagine spending a day in Scott McCaughey's technicolor brain; the man has spent close to 30 years exuding his infectious enthusiasm on stage with The Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock, and his current gig as frontman of the eclectic pop kaleidoscope that is the Minus 5. Past the famous associations (a record with Wilco as his backup band, having R.E.M.'s Peter Buck as his sideman), McCaughey's amped-up rave-ups, jittery pop jumpers and twangy, big sky heartbreakers show off an incredibly diverse take on the best facets of the pop spectrum, and have undeniably earned McCaughey his own well-deserved place in the spotlight. With The Baseball Project, The Steve Wynn IV. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., May 28, 9 p.m., 2010

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