Mountain Goats

For all intents and purposes, John Darnielle is the Mountain Goats. It's his sharply observant, emotionally resonant lyrics that define the band, and as often as not it's his unadorned acoustic guitar strumming or simple piano chords that drive their songs. And yet, a John Darnielle solo show is still something to seeā€”and not least for the between song stories. Without the heft of a rhythm section (lately featuring Superchunk's John Wurster), Darnielle's piercing songs are down to their barest and most intimate, which means he's probably gonna need the audience to clap and sing along on songs like the defiantly upbeat "This Year." With Dustin Wong. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., 2012

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