When: Fri., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. 2015
Nels Cline, best known as the guitarist for alt-country outfit Wilco, and Julian Lage, perhaps best known as the subject of a documentary about his prodigious musical childhood, Jules at Eight, recently released the collaborative album Room. It features improvisation (an approach that both artists are intensely familiar with through their experiences in countless jazz ensembles), and original compositions. Room is an especially apt title. A collection of instrumentals that is at once disarmingly casual and utterly dazzling, it’s easy to envision the duo straddling a couple of stools, clutching vintage guitars, and intently threading scattershot melodic runs across the contours of unusual time signatures. Fortunately, that’s basically a picture of the duo live in concert, and what to expect when Cline and Lage play Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on Friday.