Paul Simon's new "So Beautiful or So What" is a near-perfect evolution of the singer's signature sound for this day and age. That trustworthy tenor is still spinning friendly melodies against robust, approachable guitar work. What's new are the noises in the corners and the cracks. Shimmering sound waves and bustling samples bring "So Beautiful or So What" into the same family as Spoon's snappy white-noise pop or The Books' avant-garde sound collage comfort blankets.

Paul Simon's new "So Beautiful or So What" is a near-perfect evolution of the singer's signature sound for this day and age. That trustworthy tenor is still spinning friendly melodies against robust, approachable guitar work. What's new are the noises in the corners and the cracks. Shimmering sound waves and bustling samples bring "So Beautiful or So What" into the same family as Spoon's snappy white-noise pop or The Books' avant-garde sound collage comfort blankets.

These new joints ought to fit right in amongst Simon's deep catalog of classics this Saturday at Vets Memorial. Punch Brothers have been tapped to open.