Bill Callahan at the Canal Club 

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Bill Callahan has a tendency to keep things simple. For almost 20 years the man, alias Smog, has relied on some lo-fi acoustics, sparse supporting rhythms and his deadpanning vocal baritone. While he may have made a brief aesthetic detour with the more polished production of 2007's “Woke on a Whaleheart,” Callahan's latest moniker-free release, “Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle,” is a return to form (much to the relief of his traditionalist fan base). A songwriter who embraces the intimacy of his melancholy and the possibility of redemption — you know he has a few Leonard Cohen albums in his collection — Callahan plays the Canal Club on Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m. with Lights and Cannery Row. $12-$14. 643-2582. — Mike Hilleary


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