The Mountain Goats

When John Darnielle played a solo set this past February at UW’s Meany Hall, the performance harkened back to the singer-songwriter and head Mountain Goat’s not-so-distant live-performance past: a performer wowing a crowd with just his guitar and a microphone. Of course, Darnielle expanded the Mountain Goats to a full band several years ago, and it’s an ideal configuration. The extra support gives Darnielle the freedom to let loose, the clarity and precision of his lyrics nearly equaled by his frenetic energy—the Mountain Goats recently chose to cover Jawbreaker’s 1994 punk classic “Boxcar” when they played the A.V. Club’s “Undercover” web series, and the pairing was hardly as incongruous as it might seem. If Darnielle’s performance at UW was any indication, Thursday night’s show should be nothing less than cathartic. ANDREW GOSPE

Thu., June 16, 7 p.m., 2011

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