Tuesday, June 24
The Demo (4191 Manchester) plays host to Paul Collins' Beat (New York City -- originally the Beat, whose existence meant another band had to be renamed the English Beat -- you've probably heard of them), who have been creating quite tasty power-pop since '79. More variations on the pop theme from Sherbert (Nashville, Tennessee) and Bruiser Queen will be seen/heard.
Door at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., with a $10 (3 more for 20-under; all ages) cover.
Note: there is a show (featuring Swans) at the almost-adjacent Ready Room that, regrettably, has the same start time -- I recommend an early arrival (perhaps dinner somewhere nearby?) to get one of the scarce parking spots around here.
Wednesday, June 25
New ground will be broken at Livery Company (3211 Cherokee) with the first-ever Stag Nite Drag Night, offering drag performers as well as music from some divergent acts -- complex, proggish rock from Maybe Dynamite and gnarly punkish sounds from Tiger Rider.
This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).
Thursday, June 26
Chatham County Line / Robbie Fulks
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp)
7 p.m. door/8 p.m. start; $15 (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17-under must be adult-accompanied)
Deftly played bluegrass from Chatham County Line (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Long a personal favorite, Robbie Fulks (Chicago) is a very talented chameleon; he can play a jangly paean to pop-rock, a rockabilly rave-up, a dancefloor staple turned into a plaintive folk number, a wicked hillbilly flat-pickin' romp -- and also nail any subgenre of country you can name. He'll be solo tonight, which will limit his options -- but just a bit.
The Educated Guess / When Particles Collide / Fumer
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust)
9 p.m. start; free (all ages, but minors must be with an adult)
Another bill featuring some quite diverse acts:
- ambitious, soul-tinged pop from the Educated Guess -- I don't know whether this is a full show with the Emperor Norton Orchestra (strings and/or brass) along for the ride.
- arty rock with a folk touch from guitar/drums duo When Particles Collide (Bangor, Maine).
- loud, heavy grungish rock from Fumer.
Your Humble Servant,