n.Lannon -- His critically acclaimed solo debut, Chemical Friends, is a luscious acoustic-guitar-and-computer affair, but Nyles Lannon has been touring as a three-piece, so hearing the transition should be half the fun. See our story in this issue. With the Virginia Reel and Bitter, Bitter Weeks. The Room (Schacht)

Rock Songwriter's Night -- Another intriguing lineup in the monthly series, this one features solo sets from former (and future?) bandmates Shawn Lynch and Alan Edwards, half of Lou Ford's original (and current?) lineup. Edwards' songs have always had a forlorn beauty to them, while Lynch's exude a joyous pop sensibility -- the contrast between those two alone makes this night worthwhile, but there's more: Also on the bill are Andy Ball and Joey Auch (ex-New August). The Evening Muse (Schacht)

Todd Snider -- Personal issues haunt this Northwest-based country rocker, played out quite openly on his seven records. Semi-jokey upbeat takes on politics and music ("Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" from his '94 debut being the most infamous) contrast with darker, much more affecting songs about the same things. Snider's newest, East Nashville Skyline, finds him in a mostly reflective mood after his third visit to rehab and another close call with death, which keeps the cute stuff to a minimum. On stage, he gets to exorcise some of those demons, and does so with abandon. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)

FRIDAY 10.22
G. Love & Special Sauce -- G. Love's debut was a groundbreaking bastard child of blues and hip-hop laden with sparse beats, rhymes, and acoustic riffs. His muse of late has evolved into a rocker still remaining on the outer edges of eclectic. On his recent disc, The Hustle, G. Love takes on a wider array of musical inflection, from country to jazz, and makes them work for him. It's a stylistic change that leans in his favor. With Slightly Stoopid. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Rory Block -- A hard-working blues-woman who took what some consider a handicap -- living in Manhattan -- and made it a strength through her regular trips to the Bronx to study with blues-legend The Reverend Gary Davis. Block's specialty is the acoustic blues, and the lessons she learned from Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt haven't worn off -- she's won four John Handy awards over the years for her guitar playing and songwriting. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

Billy Joe Shaver -- Talk about a rough patch; in the span of 12 months Shaver lost his wife, his mother, and his guitar-playing son, Eddy. The latter succumbed to heroin addiction and left Shaver struggling to make sense of anything, until he decided to redo some of his son's half-finished songs on Billy & the Kid, released Aug. 24 of this year. Shaver has more than cut his own swath through country music, but there's something undeniably tragic and yet redemptive about a father performing his dead son's songs. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)

The Chris Stamey Experience -- Stamey (the dBs, Alex Chilton) takes a mid-life sojourn penned with confident maturity on Travels in the South. He gets a little help from friends including Ryan Adams, Danny Kurtz, Ben Folds and others, but Stamey needs no backup to prove his staying power in the world of power-pop. It's taken over a dozen years for Stamey to step out from behind the boards (he has produced umpteen indie records over the years) and concoct a proper solo record. Was it worth the wait? Damn straight. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Citizen Cope -- Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, is a former DJ & Keyboardist with Basehead. Cope melds hip-hop with blues, folk, and soul. He's quite good doing it with the added benefit of his talent on turntables. The Clarence Greenwood Recordings is a collection of tunes where CC toasts his words over a patchwork of music. With Robert Randolph & the Family and guitarist Kaki King. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Mother's Anger -- Upon the move from the not-quite-conducive rock scene of Tel Aviv to New York City, "Jimi Nostalgia" Starkman and "Stitch" Rapaport dropped their "The Motherfuckers" moniker, hoping for something a bit more audience-palatable stateside. They went with The Mother's Anger but kept the same brutal, obscenity-laden Detroit rock tendencies. Now, their Israeli import exclusive comes rebuilt by The MC5's Mike Davis with powerful American engine parts: Jimi's piston-pumping drum attack injected clean into Stitch's scathing guitar and gutter-crawling growl. With Scapegoat, Earwig, SFTM and Cherry Flavored Disaster. QCU @ Milestone (Grayson Currin)

Particle / DJ Logic -- Genre-stretching requires minimal effort for LA-based Particle. It's where drum 'n' bass segue into guitar pop and run off with the odd couple of trance and rock. The new recording, Launchpad, is a spacey, improv-laden trip. Jason Kibler, aka DJ Logic, brought jazz into the hip-hop fold earlier than most like-minded DJ's, which gave his take on dance music an aura of warmth. He can do the rock thing, too, as he has worked with Vernon Reid, Body Count and others. The Anomaly is the latest creation of this music weaver. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

SUNDAY 10.24
Nickel Creek -- There's affecting buoyancy in Nickel Creek's newgrass. It's where the mandolin takes lead and peppy harmony hops right along. Nickel Creek may have begun as a bluegrass band, but they are now an amalgamation of folk, country and gospel melodies. On tour, the trio (mandolin, guitar and fiddle) adds bass for a more expansive sound. Howie Day will open. Grady Cole Center (Shukla)

Ministry -- Al Jourgensen rightly belongs among a few denizens of industrial music that can be called catalysts. The first couple of Ministry records were throwaway new wave disco, and then Jourgensen discovered guitars and chain saws. Along with his co-conspirator Paul Barker, Jourgensen has consistently punched out righteous and abrasive industrial-metal, which still blows away the majority of the hard stuff out there. See our story in this issue. With My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

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