We're not sure if we should read too much into the name of Andy Friedman's new bandThe Golden Winners, as opposed to his previous band The Other Failuresbut we're pretty confident that no come-to-Jesus moment has turned the rough-edged, hard-living singer-songwriter into a Dove Award nominee. The latest from the Brooklyn renaissance manhe's also a poet, painter, photographer, illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and moreis called Weary Things, but in Friedman's world, weariness and beauty aren't mutually exclusive. In fact, they can be complementary, like the exquisite gloom of a rainy November day. If Americana is country music for liberals, then Friedman's work is country music for literati, eschewing (for the most part) storytelling and simple morals for artful metaphors and poetic abstraction. One thing's sure: He's gonna love playing at Norm's, whose real-deal juke-joint vibe is something Friedman's hometown faux honky-tonks would give their left Nut Brown Ale for.
Tue., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2009