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WED 27

"Sweet! We're going to Bong!" say the guys in Taishi.
"Sweet! We're going to Bong!" say the guys in Taishi.

It may have taken John Hiatt several albums to come into his own, but damned if it wasn't worth the wait. With 1979's Slug Line, Hiatt got his first taste of critical acclaim, albeit in the form of comparisons to the pub-rock-cum-new-wave Holy Trinity -- Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and Joe Jackson. Twenty-six years later, Hiatt's Master of Disaster shows us a songwriter who has been around enough to know which roads to avoid. There's no unnecessary, contrived experimentation; it's pure songwriting. Hiatt has long been revered by musicians from Bob Dylan to Iggy Pop, but commercial success for Hiatt has remained a dangling carrot. Hiatt joins the Mississippi All Stars (see article in the Music section) tonight at Revolution (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-727-0950, or visit (JB)

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