Rock & Pop

Lucinda Williams

When: Wed., Feb. 4, 8 p.m. 2015

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series is ideal for singers such as Lucinda Williams. She’s a 61-year-old household name who most people haven’t checked in on in twenty years, if at all. Her last album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, came out late last year, and her December appearance in NPR’s cluttered office illustrated what makes the record a vital, late-career highlight. On the salty “West Memphis,” she positively roars, on “A Cold Day in Hell,” she intimates the chorus in a way that makes you forget the egregiousness of the cliché. Bleary-eyed balladry and throwback country courses throughout Williams’ latest album with such thrilling intensity that it warrants attending her performance at the Fillmore (1805 Geary St., San Francisco) on Wednesday. The strength of her recent sets makes the fact that Williams already recorded an outstanding live album at the iconic venue in 2005 almost beside the point.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $40

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