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Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Choral Society at Howlin' Wolf Den

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Last September, on the day after his third album was released, Adam Arcuragi shared with Paste magazine a personal wish that has nothing and everything to do with his music: The troubadour, a Georgia native and Philadelphia transplant, had applied for a handyman position in his adopted third home, New York. "I'm really hoping (it) comes through," Arcuragi said. "I like working with my hands and by myself, and that would afford me the opportunity to do both." Recorded at a colleague's home studio during a two-week sojourn in the Empire State, the affable, hardscrabble I Am Become Joy (High Two) provides him with a handful of high points, if not a moment of solitude. As many as a dozen contributors (from Philly friends The War on Drugs and B.C. Camplight among others) liven the LP with a chorus of horns, steel guitars, handclaps and church-saved backup vocals, turning Arcuragi's lonely soul spirituals into a Sunday choir singalong. The front-loaded side A finds him self-baptizing in Okkervil River's swooning rock ("Math") and caught up in Richard Buckner's swollen country undertow ("She Comes to Me"). Well-crafted and off-the-cuff, it's both a spontaneous and workmanlike effort, measured twice and cut once. John Shark America opens. Tickets $7. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Aug. 19

Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Choral Society

10 p.m. Friday

Howlin' Wolf Den, 901 S. Peters St., 522-9653; www.howlin-wolf.com

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