A Smog Hangs Over the Neurolux 

Bare toes curled on Neurolux's musty, carpeted stage, Bill Callahan belted out an array of new tunes from behind a pair of darkened aviators last Thursday, June 25. His set blended songs from his new solo album, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, favorites from 2007’s Woke on a Whaleheart and crowd-pleasing classics from his work as Smog. With an Elvis-like knee-swaying swagger, Callahan charmed the smallish crowd giddily mouthing most of his lyrics.

While Callahan’s baritone was reliably unwavering, the most notable aspect of the performance was the Lux’s spot-on sound. It was the most rich and satisfyingly full I have ever heard a cello and violin sound in the smoky bar. After a brief exit, Callahan and band reemerged to wrap the set up with a one-song encore, the anthemic "Cold-Blooded Old Times."

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