Today's Menu (7/11/08)

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers For three decades now, Tom Petty has been as reliable an American songwriter as anyone you care to mention, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen included. He started out being lumped in with the punk/new wave crowd, became post-punk, became an MTV staple, became a solo artist and then became an elder statesman – all while still retaining credibility with all the above-named camps. Don't believe me? Go see his live show, whose audience features equal parts septum-pierced, septuagenarians and soccer moms. With Steve Winwood. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Nicolette Emmanuelle A gifted pianist and cellist, Emmanuelle's celebrating the release of her ASC grant-funded debut, Pinafore; the music residing somewhere between PJ Harvey's smoldering heat and Kate Bush's (early) off-kilter cool. Recorded by Jim Payseur of Lotus Studio, the ten songs also feature Laura Witkowski on drums and Molly J. Brown playing tuba, though the live band this evening will be comprised of David Kim (drums), Brent Bagwell (sax) and Brown (trombone and tuba) filling in the cello parts. With Buschovski. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

The New Familiars What better way to give something back to your fans than to offer up a free show? TNF are doing just that. They recently released a vinyl single with a stunning cover of "My Girl" and their infectious Americana will get your feet moving in no time. Get there early; these guys have a dedicated fanbase. American Aquarium and Horse Ghost. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

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