Music Menu, 12/18/08

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Mark Mathis You may know him as the front man for local post-indie rockers Public Radio, but Mark Mathis turns out to have the troubadour folk gene, too. Loaded with plucked banjos, washboard percussion and high-and-lonesome pedal steel, Mathis' most recent solo disc, We Both Was Young, blends downcast narratives and upbeat country shuffles to come across like a Mark Kozelek/Tom Petty (the Mudcrutch Petty) hybrid. None too shabby, in other words. With Lauris Vidal (late show). The Evening Muse (John Schacht)

AC/DC How much can you really say about these guys that people don't already know? The band's last album was the Wal-Mart only Black Ice that showed the guys still have it after all these years. Witness Angus Young rockin' like a maniac in a school-boy's uniform as Brian Johnson screams his lungs out. Time Warner Cable Arena (Jeff Hahne)

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