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Amen Dunes and Ryley Walker

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Barboza Capitol Hill
Mon., June 8, 8 p.m. 2015 21+

$12

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Compared to Ryley Walker, 34-year-old Damon McMahon, aka Amen Dunes, is a grizzled veteran. The irony comes from the fact that 25-year-old Illinois native Walker seems older, due not only to his resonant voice, but to his second album, Primrose Green, which plays like a product of the early 1970s (Walker defines "primrose green" as a whiskey-based cocktail). It's his biggest strength and weakness, because it's a beautiful record, but he sings so much like Tim Buckley and plays guitar so much like Bert Jansch, that it's a little eerie. Unlike McMahon, he's also prone to folk-rock clich├ęs, like "belly full of wine," but he's young enough that a more individual style is sure to emerge. Until then, his talent and passion help to paper over the imperfections. KATHY FENNESSY

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