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Magnolia Electric Co.

8:30 p.m. Sunday, November 2. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive.

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Jason Molina is one of rock's most obsessive mythologists. Stars and moons, wolves and lambs, ghosts and demons, night and more night — those elemental images are etched like mandalas into Molina's psyche, universal anchors for his turbulent, romantic, inner currents. Through the '90s, Molina's lower than lo-fi persona Songs: Ohia made him a quintessential cult icon for doomed English majors who'd rather ponder Neil Young than William Blake. His latest project, Magnolia Electric Co., matches his archetypes with an outward-reaching urgency, blues-fueled guitars churning and sliding against rolling rhythms and jams that make no apology for channeling Crazy Horse or the CCR of "Effigy" and "Graveyard Train." Tapped into the primal forces of classic rock & roll, Molina's yearning myths finally sound potent, exhilarating and fully shared.

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