Indie rock has few personalities on the provocation level of Mark Kozelek, a man who makes even artistically sympathetic intellectuals clutch pearls like none other. Despite his prickly reputation, however, the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon frontman delivered an extraordinarily intimate and generous performance here in this very theater back in 2015. His color was on display, but only with enough salt to make it interesting and authentic. (To want him any other way is to not fully understand the man.) It was an event of true engagement, with enough vulnerability to debunk much of the cloud surrounding him. He was confessional, human and wholly in the moment – for almost three hours. Of course, all this up-close revelation can instantly evaporate with the gale force combo of a stiff sensibility and a big mouth. But this is the ideal venue for what Kozelek does, and he knows and appreciates it. When the conditions are as right as they are here, this is the kind of performance not to be missed. Unless you’re in the War on Drugs.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org