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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mark Knopfler

Tonight @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.

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With Dire Straits, singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler sought to fill arenas with polished, showy rock ’n’ roll, but the music he’s made since going solo in 1995 has seemed better suited for small clubs. Though his frequent solo albums feature a bit of Knopfler’s guitar heroics, they’re more intimate and stripped down than any of Dire Straits’ hits, drawing from the sounds of blues, folk and Americana. His latest, 2009’s Get Lucky, is typically easygoing and likable, making the case for Knopfler’s songwriting, which sometimes has been overshadowed by his flashy guitar work.