Elvis Costello



Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. 2016
Elvis Costello’s calling his current U.S. outing “Detour” is classic misdirection, encapsulating both his impish humor and journeyman work ethic. One of rock’s most prolific, versatile, curious and erudite songwriters, Costello is simply allergic to standing still, perpetually stoking a restless spirit that in recent times has produced collaborations with T Bone Burnett and The Roots, not to mention last year’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, one of the decade’s most distinguished rock memoirs. Part magpie, part pub philosopher, the 62-year-old trumpeter’s son has accumulated a four-decade discography full of New Wave classics; forays into classical, ’60s R&B, and traditional pop; and some of the greatest country music ever recorded by a Brit. Uniting them all is Costello’s ability to veer from acid wit to naked vulnerability within the space of a few songs (or even a few lines), hallmarks of an artist as unique as he is unsatisfied.
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