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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

8 p.m. Friday, June 29. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.

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Five years and three proper albums into his solo career, Jason Isbell is today a different character than he was in 2007. Back then, Isbell was feeling his way around as a guy with a new lease on life, shaking off a failed marriage, settling into his new role as a bandleader and no longer serving as a Drive-By Trucker. If Isbell seems more grown up nowadays, musically and professionally, there are reasons for it. Having spent the last year playing solo shows as Ryan Adams' direct support and rocking out with the talented 400 Unit in between, Isbell is a more refined artist in 2012.

Pace Yourself: If you play your cards right, you can migrate down the street to Plush after Isbell's show and still catch some of Lucero's set. Midtown will be moving some bourbon Saturday night.

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