Bobby Bare Jr. 

9 p.m. Thursday, August 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

Bobby Bare Jr. has been known to pay homage to everyone from Bread to the Pixies.

Bobby Bare Jr. has been known to pay homage to everyone from Bread to the Pixies.

If you thought you had a handle on Bobby Bare Jr., think again. The Nashville misfit can do country-soul, sure — it's literally in his blood, given his paternity, and few can wrench heartbreak and humor like he. But his alt-rock past asserts itself with his occasional passes through town with his Pixies cover band, Is She Weird-Is She White. Hell, he even resurrected some AM Gold chestnuts with tossed-off flair but plenty of love on the American Bread EP, full of (you guessed it) songs by America and Bread. But the portrait of the artist in the documentary Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) tries to capture his multitudes and finds Bare to contain the humor and pathos in his songs — he's a singer who can opine about "emotions and feelings," as he's fond of saying, and then proceed to fray nerve endings with full-bore rock & roll.

Show Up Early: Eef Barzelay, best known as the lead singer of Clem Snide, will open the show. Given that he's released an EP of Journey covers, he and Bare should make a potent pair of soft-rock resuscitators.

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