John Mark Nelson with Bad Bad Hats

He and his graceful band have gone over well at First Avenue, but John Mark Nelson was wise to keep the release party for his second album in the warm confines of the Cedar. Titled “Sings the Moon,” this one’s even more of a softly balladic, intimate affair than the bedroom record he made all by his lonesome while still a Minnetonka High student, when his catchy “Reminisce” went into heavy Current rotation. There’s not much for the radio here, but plenty for still-of-the-night listening á la Nick Drake or early Iron & Wine, with a few swooning, Cole Porter-ish ditties to brighten things up, such as the six-minute penultimate track “Cigarettes & Postage Stamps.” Bad Bad Hats open. Chris Riemenschneider

Where

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Av. S.Minneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 06/28/14

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