Smart Bets: Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo’s career dates back to first-wave punk band The Nuns (San Francisco, circa 1975 — the same year the Sex Pistols got their start in London). By the '80s, he had relocated to Austin, Texas, where he joined cow-punk outfit Rank and File, a precursor to many of today's roots-rock acts. Escovedo's solo career launched in the early '90s — in '98 he was named artist of the decade by No Depression.  He joined Bruce Springsteen on stage at SXSW this spring; like Springsteen, Escovedo has inspired a generation of musicians (e.g., Ryan Adams); his new album, Big Station, due out June 5, is already getting great reviews. In advance of that release, Escovedo plays The Grey Eagle on Friday, June 1. Jesse Malin (of ‘90s glam rockers D Generation) opens. 9 p.m., $15 in advance or $18 day of the show. http://www.thegreyeagle.com. Photo by M. Chavez.

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