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Nightlife Highlights: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band 

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July 22. Listed as one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste magazine, folksinger Josh Ritter also has the distinction of being a hitmaker in the land of poets: "Me and Jiggs," from his 2001 album The Golden of Age of Radio, made the Irish Top 40. Ritter, who here brings his Royal City Band to the Egg, grew up in Idaho, where he absorbed his dad's copy of Nashville Skyline and bought his first guitar at Kmart. His self-created college major was "American History Through Narrative Folk Music," which should give you some idea of his brand of introspective Americana. Ritter's acknowledged pinnacle is 2003's Hello Starling, although 2013's wounded breakup classic isn't far behind; last year's Sermon on the Rocks has more of a contemporary rock vibe. (The Tallest Man on Earth stands in July 3; see the Blind Spots July 6.) With Darlingside. 8pm. $28, $34. Albany. (518) 473-1845;

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