Today's Menu (7/4/2008)

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Slick Rick London-born Rick The Ruler, recently pardoned by New York governor David Paterson for the attempted murder of his cousin way back in 1990 (he served five years total) and hassled by Homeland Security goons ever since (just because a guy says he's "the bomb" doesn't mean he's carrying one, fellers), is finally back doing what he does best – spinning half-speed, half-spoken rhymes owing equally to flair and flow. A huge influence on the Kanyes of the world, both in dress and delivery, Rick's unfortunately been fighting our country's labyrinthine immigration laws more often over the last decade than seen in what he'll tell you is his true home, the studio. Catch him while you can. Amos' Southend (Timothy C. Davis)

The Trouble Walkers The local side celebrates the release of their debut, Free Cowboy Hat, a raunchy slab of Gun Club hedonism, Blasters' riffs and Must've Been High-Supersuckers' twang that shows little respect for anything but the glorious excesses of rock 'n' roll. One national reviewer has praised it as "the least politically correct record of '08," and thank fucking God for that. What better way to toast our nation's birthday and the First Amendment than with some good ol' fashioned, back-to-basics American music? With Chocha Loca and 2013 Wolves. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Cute Is What We Aim For Born in the frozen tundra of Buffalo, N.Y., this power-pop quartet with a sentence for a name makes quirky pop that's warm and toasty around the edges, with a fluffy middle. The young band has been around about three years and has already made inroads into the much-crowded field of power pop bands. They are out touring the new release, Rotation. Also on the bill: Ace Enders, Danger Radio and Powerspace. Tremont Music Hall (Samir Shukla)

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