John Roderick

Usually when a musician announces he’ll be talking a lot during a show, it’s a dreadful omen—like when Kenny Rogers visited the Puyallup Fair a few years ago. Sure, he played “The Gambler” and all the hits. But the beplasticized Rogers fancied himself a one-man Blue Collar Comedy Tour, spending most of his time cracking awful hick jokes. But when John Roderick promises to engage in a ton of between-song banter, “master-class style,” at his Triple Door show (the first of three in a quasi-residency, with subsequent gigs happening on August 14 and September 30), that’s something to look forward to. The Long Winters’ frontman, whose wittiest Tweets were recently assembled in a small book, Electric Aphorisms, is preternaturally clever—you don’t want him to shut up. He’ll do plenty of singing too, resuscitating some of the Long Winters’ lesser-played tracks and explaining their origins. Maybe one day he’ll actually get around to finishing the band’s long-awaited LP. With Jason Dodson. MIKE SEELY

Thu., July 8, 6 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 14, 6 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 30, 6 p.m., 2010

 
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