THE WALLFLOWERS, with EVERLAST, at Kingsbury Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; one performance.

With three albums under his belt, Jakob Dylan — leader of the Wallflowers — takes to the stage like a seasoned veteran. And though he may be the focal point of the band, he doesn't take over.

Instead, Dylan is more than happy to turn his back to the audience and let his band bask in the spotlight. Once it gets to them.

There were times Tuesday when guitarist Michael Ward would touch off inspired solos in the dark while the spotlight was illuminating Dylan's back. Hello!

Still, the band — especially Ward — didn't let technical mistakes break down the show. And with good reason. The mix was so balanced that audience members, when they weren't screaming at Dylan, could hear the gentle subtleties during each song.

"Some Flowers Bloom Dead" and "Letters from the Wasteland," from the new album "Breach," were just a few of the clean-sounding tunes the band laid down.

As for some older stuff, the Wallflowers went into "6th Avenue Heartache" and the Velvet Underground-inspired "Three Marlenas," which takes a lick from "Sweet Jane."

Wall's moody fills and leads were always in the middle and end of each song. Rami Jaffe's keyboards were heard floating on the mix, especially during "I've Been Delivered." As the bassist, Greg Richling laid down a grooving foundation, which was accented by Mario Calire's steady drumming.

The sullen "Hand Me Down," which brought musical refrains from a mid-career Jackson Browne to the rocking "Murder 101," reeled the audience into the set.

And what Wallflowers show would be complete without "One Headlight"?

All in all, the concert was a near-perfect audio festival, with a few psychedelic images that flashed on the backdrop.

Everlast opened the show with his hip hop-inspired blues. His set was comprised of the hits "Put Your Lights On," "Black Coffee" and "Love for Real."


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