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Ryan Adams collected and still unpredictable at the Wiltern
Ryan Adams collected and still unpredictable at the Wiltern

For a good hour-and-a-half Wednesday night, it looked like the old Ryan Adams wasn't going to show. Then something went wrong with the sound system, and all of a sudden there he was: the tempestuous singer-songwriter once known as alt-country's enfant terrible, a huge talent given to huge tantrums. Until that point, Adams' concert at the Wiltern — the first of two dates to end a North American tour behind his new self-titled album — was utterly composed, delivering one handsomely shaggy roots-rock tune after another from a former wild child now married and settled in Los Angeles. Backed by a sturdy four-piece band that included guitarist Mike Viola (with whom...

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