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					YES, PLEASE                                                                                                                                             10.11 WCOM BENEFIT                       EH, WHATEVER
                                                                 time and dynamics.
                                                                 What started as an                                                                    @ THE CAVE
10.10 JONATHAN RICHMAN                 @ LOCAL 506               “Afrobeat Orchestra”                                                                  The lineup for this benefit is            10.11 WALTER MEEGO              @ LOCAL 506
Jonathan Richman’s a remarkable pop artisan, releasing
some two dozen full-length albums over the last four
decades. His oft-acoustic swagger is cool and entertaining,
                                                                 has given way to a big
                                                                 band that honors and occa-
                                                                 sionally shows its roots (big
                                                                                                  aid                                                 mostly aligned with the roots-rock/
                                                                                                                                                     Americana sensibilities of WCOM
                                                                                                                                                    103.5 FM’s “The High Lonesome
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Though I endorse headliner Ra Ra Riot’s clangor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ous, cum-strings indie rock melodrama and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 unbridled energy it sports onstage, it’s frankly
                           dramatic, but always lighter          trans-Atlantic fusion tunes with                 TH E                             Radio Hour” and “Taproot Radio.” At           beyond my civility to let Chicago’s Walter Meego
                           than The Velvet Underground.          political lyrics) while shaping them                TH E I D E TO                tonight’s center is Shannon O’Connor,          roll through town and not indict his major-label
                                                                                                                      C O N CE E k ’ S
                           His catalog is fat. His influence     into exciting new structures. Antibalas                                         whose folk-rock hinges on a disarm-             pilfering of some of this decade’s more adventur-
                           is wide. And his fans are rabid.      helped open doors for similar progress-                     ERTS               ing delivery. From there, things get             ous pop music: Pillaging the electro-glam of recent
                           But the 57-year-old American          ing-from-the-past pioneers like NOMO,                                         duo-dominated, with the Water Callers’            Of Montreal, the bombastic post-Yoshimi refrains
                           icon seems forever doomed             and, for that, the debt is eternal. Antibalas’ live                          restless acoustic country; the country-rock        of The Flaming Lips and the frazzled circuits of
                           to be the guy who wrote               show, by all reports, continues to be a blast. $14-                         of John Howie Jr. and Nathan Golub; and             Daft Punk, Meego makes milquetoast jams with
                           “Roadrunner” with proto-punk          $16/ 9:15 p.m. —Grayson Currin                                             local bluesmen Harmonica Bob & Near Blind            unimaginative sounds, flimsy hooks and plain
                           pioneers The Modern Lovers                                                                                      James. 8 p.m. —Rick Cornell                           ol’ crafty titles like “Girls” and “Forever.” This guy
                           or the guy who sang one too           10.10 JOE SWANK                @ SLIM’S                                                                                         is the Pitchfork generation’s Candlebox. With
many goofy songs in There’s Something About Mary. So             This past June, Joe Swank and crew spent a weekend at                 10.13 LACH @ THE CAVE                                     L.A.’s jangly Morning Benders. $8-$10/ 9 p.m.
stop perpetuating the nonsense: Come on down and revel           Rick Miller’s Kudzu Ranch Studio with John Howie Jr. claim-          NYC anti-folk pioneer Lach recently relin-                 —Grayson Currin
in “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” with Richman and           ing the producer’s seat. When that record arrives, expect           quished his 15-year-old post as host of the
drummer Tommy Larkins. $12/ 9 p.m. —Rich Ivey                    echoes of favorites Swank played on his excellent WCOM             weekly Antihoot open mic night at the Sidewalk               10.15 BUCKETHEAD
                                                                 radio show—from Steve Earle and Otis Gibbs to Drive-             Café to “dance with the unknown,” as he puts                   @ LINCOLN THEATRE
10.10 ANTIBALAS            @ CAT’S CRADLE                        By Truckers and Lucero—and the rebellious spirit of             it. Expect his delineative tunes to have an extra               Here’s the thing: If Buckethead didn’t wear a
“Beaten Metal,” the first track from Antibalas’ 2007             some of the artists on the now-Chicago-based Swank’s           political tinge—The Calm Before included “Former                 BUCKET on his HEAD or if he supported his
album Security, heralded new thought from American               new employer, Bloodshot Records. Most of all, though,         President Bush (Three Words That’ll Cheer You Up!)”               finessed but finagled riffage with a band and not
Afrobeat descendents with its polytonal polyrhythms,             it’ll reflect Swank’s big, genuine personality. $3/ 10       as a bonus track—as this gig falls nights before the               a drum machine, a lot less people would care.
its declarative horn lines and its adventurous sense of          p.m. —Rick Cornell                                          final presidential debate. $5/ 9 p.m. —Spencer Griffith             Sure, Buckethead would either be the best guitar
                                                                                                                                                                                                 player in some mid-sized city or he would have
                                                                                                                                                                                                 made the leap to steady session work decades
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ago, but he wouldn’t be headlining jam-band
                           INTROducING...                                                                  Jayhawks material: “Fixer,” for example, haunts with an aching creak.                 festivals, collaborating with Guns N’ Roses and
                                                                                                           Ackley thinks his songs work well in the Triangle’s environs.                         playing big clubs. The music—especially the stiff
                           10.11 SLINGSHOT CASH                @ SADLACK’S                                     “The South lends itself to historical songs,” Ackley says. “There’s an            metal riffs and thin drums of his latest efforts—
                               Drawn to the Triangle by the climate and strong music scene, former         atmosphere that’s different in the South than the North and is why this               isn’tspecial, and people’s allegiance to it is proof
                           Austin resident Jon Ackley emigrated here 10 months ago from Madison,           kind of music works down here.”                                                       that the tunes almost always enjoy the sloppy
                           Wis., unwilling to endure another winter there. He resurrected Slingshot            Playing its second show since solidifying its new lineup in July,                 seconds of the spectacle. For solo guitar, go buy
                           Cash, one of two bands he’d formerly captained, feeling country-rock was        Slingshot’s currently employing a drummer-of-the-week, Spinal Tap style.              a Mick Barr or John Fahey record. Or, hell, stay at
                           more appropriate to this area than “new wave molested by grunge.”               “We’d like to promote from within but encourage any drummer interested                home tonight, and please yourself. No need pay
                               The band’s initial tracks, recorded at Gizmo Studios and in his home’s      in our sound to see us after the show,” Ackley says. The music starts at 7            $16-$20 to watch this dude do it at 8 p.m. That 1
                           front room, mine a ragged, loping alt-country twang reminiscent of early        p.m. —Chris Parker                                                                    Guy opens. —Grayson Currin

                                                               dELTA SPIRIT
                                                               FROM: San Diego
                                                                                                                        vs.                                             HEARTLESS BASTARdS
                                                                                                                                                                        FROM: Cincinnati
                                                               SINCE: 2005                                         TUESDAY, OCTober 14                                  SINCE: 2003
SONG OF                                                        CLAIM TO FAME: Formed from the ashes of                                                                  CLAIM TO FAME: Black Keys drummer Pat Carney passed the Bastards’
THE WEEK                                                       emo act Noise Ratchet                                                                                    demo to Fat Possum to get ’em signed
On “Palisades,”                                               Both of tonight’s combatants are propelled by the deep                                      The Bastards’ gritty strut drips motor oil as the trio’s piston-pumping
David Gedge of THE                                            bloozy sway of their respective caboose. This coastal quintet channels                      rhythm section pulls back the covers of their mud bed for singer/
WEDDING PRESENT (10.12,            that sound through a rootsy Southern soul owing an obvious debt to The Band but brightened                          guitarist Erika Wennerstrom. Her grainy, sinewy vocals howl heart-
LOCAL 506) begs his departing        by a dash of Status Quo’s loose-limbed British boogie. Frontman Matt Vasquez’s supple, plaintive        land, while the jagged stabs of guitar echo the writhing bite of Buckeye alt.rock-
love to tell him why she’s leaving    croon has a homey amble that sidles easily from rustic acoustic-folk stroll to boisterous, organ-      ers Scrawl. Her smoldering delivery swelters in the arrangements’ tight quarters,
over the band’s claustrophobic,         driven hootenanny. While that “spirit” gives their debut, Ode to Sunshine, an emphatic charm,        dripping sweat that steams off the propulsive bottom-end with a definitive sizzle.
noisy jangle. Download the song          the familiarity of that stretch of Americana sets a high bar if they’re ultimately to separate      More polished than The Black Keys’ sludgy tarpaper shack, their ebony-hued hoedowns beat with a
and read an interview with Gedge           themselves from many similarly minded rivals. That is, while the music rolls right with ener-     grimy pulse, but retain enough viscosity to slide down like Guinness. Those Cali boys can’t handle this.
at www.indyweek.com.                        gy, it often sounds backdated. With Pattern Is Movement at LOCAL 506. $8-$10/ 9:30 p.m.          With Dead Confederate at CAT’S CRADLE. $10-$12/ 9:30 p.m. —Chris Parker