DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids
July 19, 8 p.m.
devosperformancehall.com, (616) 742-6500
No longer the mop-headed kid singing "Soy un perdedor" on his '94 breakthrough, Mellow Gold, Beck's gotten inventive in recent years. He's gone from being an anti-folk punk to making sad white boy songs to releasing an album of just sheet music. That's right, he didn't record any of 2012's Song Reader. Instead, he wrote the music and let fans interpret it. People recorded themselves playing the songs and those interpretations were linked to the album's website. But some of us (namely, me) are too lazy to actually do that, so by the time Morning Phase came out, we were quite relieved. I mean, kudos to the people who played the songs, but a girl's gotta get her Beck fix every once in a while.
Modern Guilt came out six years ago, ya know? Although, that 10-minute "Sound and Vision" cover he did last year was pretty incredible, even if he did it for a car company. There he goes again, just keeping us on our toes. Who knows what he'll throw out when he comes to DeVos Performance Hall this month.