Eric Clapton

Album reviews: Of Montreal, Eric Clapton, Bill Hicks, Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, Pete Yorn

Of Montreal, "False Priest" (Polyvinyl) It's easy to argue that Athens, Ga., indie band Of Montreal has been on a slow decline since the back-to-back masterpieces of 2005's "Sunlandic Twins" and 2007's "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" The former found head songwriter/resident nutjob Kevin Barnes inching away from his Brian Wilson obsessions in favor of a more insular, electronic approach to indie pop, while "Fauna" laid bare Barnes' self-loathing and deft way with melodies between driving beats and appealingly twisted synthesizers.

Johnny Winter @ the Oriental Theater

[photopress:johnny_winter.jpg,full,pp_image] Sound problems aside, Johnny Winter's Friday set at the Oriental Theater was near- immaculate. The roar was more surprising than deafening. There wasn’t but maybe one soul south of 40 in the Oriental Theater on Friday, but the applause resonated with the fervor of giddy teens.