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Mountain Goats 

When: Wed., May 27, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $20
John Darnielle, lead singer and songwriter for Mountain Goats, has had a big year. He has written a book, Wolf in White Van, raised a son, "[assisted] in debut of second son" according to a blog post, and made a resolution to "release [an] album of songs about professional wrestling" (which he did). This year, the indie folk-rock band from Indiana released a new concept album, Beat the Champ—their 15th full-length release. The new album is indeed all about wrestling, complete with jargon like "heel turn" and, of course, stories about real-life wrestlers like his childhood hero Chavo Guerrero. Although the group is promoting Beat the Champ, they have been touring a balanced set, pulling favorites from older albums, like "Foreign Object," from Tallahassee, in which Darnielle threatens drummer Jon Wurster will "personally stab you in the eye with a foreign object" in continuation of the wrestling theme; "Up the Wolves," from The Sunset Tree; and "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton," from All Hail West Texas. The set list this year has also included covers of Grateful Dead's "Ripple," and Ozzy Osbourne's "Shot in the Dark." Multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas is joining them on tour, tackling not only backup vocals, but also keys, saxophone and clarinet. Darnielle has also been known to hang out and chat with fans after shows to listen to their stories. Nashville rock band Blank Range opens. (Tiffany Frandsen)

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