Wednesday, August 3, at the Uptown Theater.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters 

Wednesday, August 3, at the Uptown Theater.

Your grandparents remember Elvis Costello as that lean, sneering figure hopped up on amphetamines and fronting a band as vicious as any that punk produced. Jerks at the record shop talk of a flabby, fangless bourgeois who hasn’t made an essential record since King of America. And music-rag hacks dismiss him as that promiscuous collaborator who’s ashamed that rock is insufficiently highbrow. This all misses the singular thing he’s become: the old reliable. Like David Letterman, this one-time angry young man is now a rock-steady pro, unlikely to shock but incapable of sucking. Sure, it’s been a while since he cut a masterpiece, but it’s been almost as long since he cut a dud, and his last two rock (well, rock-ish) discs boasted real fire and soul. Live, he’s at his best, sweating through two-hour shows with his crackerjack band, the Imposters, rearranging the classics you expect and lighting fires under the new stuff. He’s as generous as Springsteen and just as much a ham. Enough bitching about what he was or what he should be — celebrate the man for what he damn well is.

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