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Jack White at the Wiltern

May 31, 2012

POP MUSIC

As much as any American musician under 40, Jack White understands the vast well of music that gave birth to his sound and acknowledges those antecedents in some manner with every lick and lyric. He's also not afraid to let images do the talking: While lesser writers mourn the end of an affair with obviousness — some variation on sad, mad and glad — White simply looks down and sees dead leaves and dirty ground, and in the vision you understand his mind-state. White's killer riffs roll out of perfectly toned electric and acoustic guitars, played by a man who, though only 36, has already created a body of work worthy of overview. Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. wiltern.com.

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