On record: Sneaky Bones 

Matthew Bean, aka Sneaky Bones, has a few dark things to say about the passage of time. On "Eternity," off 2015's Dream of the End, he sings about how time tricks us into thinking we're wiser. "It can't help being mean," he sings. But the song also mocks the universal verities: The wind can't walk the way you and I do, and the sea can't love, and somewhere in that knowledge, Bean finds satisfaction. "Let's take time away from eternity," he sings, and somehow the song ends up feeling optimistic.

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Sneaky Bones' upcoming album, High As the Stars, won't be out until early August, but Bean will be in Missoula this week playing some of his new alt-country tunes. The Seattleite grew up listening to Paul Simon, Gram Parsons and the Grateful Dead, and he's spent his young adulthood marinating in the music of Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith. His songs have the dusky loveliness that Adams brought to Whiskeytown, the kind that comes from both determination and damage. Songs like "Dreams" are glorious with pedal steel, but watching videos of Sneaky Bones playing them with just a guitar (which is how I expect this tour to present them) doesn't diminish the effect of their burn-this-world-to-the-ground loveliness.

Sneaky Bones plays Draught Works Sat., July 8, from 6 to 8 PM.

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