Mr. K Records brings his eclectic drone to the University of Chicago, his uber-deep folk in tow. Johnson is like a prophet—strange and dramatic, unique in his presentation and passion. He is not a singer-songwriter, that’s for sure, and his lyrical complexity and wayward and humorous—yet poignant—way of storytelling makes for a great live show. Equally eclectic label-mates Mt. Eerie open, which is basically Phil Elverum’s Microphones, and the often-matched pair of artists always do each other well. While Johnson’s offerings usually borderline the bizarre, Elverum’s a bit more introspective and touching, so much so that he’s developed a pretty extreme cult following. A night of Pacific Northwestern acoustic confessions, promises and jokes. Also: Elverum’s song “Great Ghosts,” from Microphones last official release, “Live in Japan,” is one of the best songs written this century. (Tom Lynch)
October 5 at the University of Chicago’s Reynolds Theatre.