Pete Yorn's first album included two or three slightly twangy pop-rock singles of note, and though he has failed to recapture the magic of "Strange Condition" and "Life on a Chain" since then, he keeps on chugging.

Pete Yorn's first album included two or three slightly twangy pop-rock singles of note, and though he has failed to recapture the magic of "Strange Condition" and "Life on a Chain" since then, he keeps on chugging.

Yorn's self-titled album last year was his fifth to date. None other than Frank Black produced it. It's extremely competent but far from exhilarating.

Yorn sings, "Rock crowd, throw your arms around me." He has no trouble getting people to comply; a decade after his breakthrough, he's still headlining the Newport. Apparently he's the musician of choice for people who don't demand much from their music.

Ben Kweller, who is co-headlining Yorn's tour, has a lot more to offer. The former prodigy's latest, "Changing Horses," takes a more country tack without sacrificing Kweller's keen pop instincts. (Fun fact: Ex-Columbus dude Mark Stepro drummed on it.)

Kweller's inviting narration and thoughtful arrangements stand in stark contrast to Yorn's rock-by-numbers. If only all musicians would get better with age.