Wooden Wand

James Jackson Toth—the man who goes by the name Wooden Wand—has recently proven to be a singer-songwriter worth paying attention to. Incredibly prolific and consistent, the man has spent the last few years writing loose songs built on standard American folk structures a la Will Oldham and delivered in a pre-nicotine Dylan sneer, but recorded with a slightly psychedelic bent. His latest album, Death Seat, is filled with the cinematic cautionary tales Toth is known for. Joining Toth on tour is his Young God label owner Michael Gira, whose seminal band Swans has been restructured and renewed. Akin to the original Swans, the new music is relentless, repetitive, intense, and subtly melodic. BRIAN J. BARR

Sat., Feb. 26, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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