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Friday, Aug. 10, 2012

Rufus Wainwright

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m.

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The progeny of folk heroes Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright was born into a musical family, which accounts for some of his creative restlessness. After his 1998 self-titled debut, the Canadian singer-songwriter pushed his piano pop into ever more operatic and orchestral directions, before dialing back the symphonics on 2010's All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, which he recorded in the wake of his mother's death. Wainwright's latest album, Out of the Game, finds him in higher spirits, working with a wide cast of collaborators including producer Mark Ronson and members of Wilco, the Dap-Kings and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for his breeziest album yet.