Sun., June 09, Ryan Bingham
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 8 p.m., $25
West Texas-bred country rocker Ryan Bingham's ranch and rodeo background lend authenticity to his rustic paeans. Mixing bits of Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and the Flatlanders, Bingham delivers gruff, nomadic roots music with a touch of rock swagger. He won an Academy Award and a Grammy Award for “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart),” from the movie Crazy Heart, setting the stage for his 2010 breakthrough album, Junky Star. Bingham ditched his backing band and label, releasing the angry, more politically oriented Tomorrowland in September 2012. It gets particularly adventurous on the 8-minute “Rising of the Ghetto,” which closes with a Bacharach-ian pop swell. 2708 J Street, www.binghammusic.com.