Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 29 to November 4

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The Fresh and Onlys Fri., 8:30 p.m. November 2 @ The Firebird - $10 / $12 By Kiernan Maletsky If there's anyone left yearning for yet another messy California garage rock album - even one from Northern climes - they need not turn to the Fresh and Onlys' latest, Long Slow Dance, an album as artful in its pop as it is bitter in its rock & roll sweetness. Songwriter and singer Timothy Cohen seems jangle-bent on picking up where R.E.M. left off circa 1986, channeling his psychedelic tendencies into precisely appointed melody after melody, gleaming hook after hook. The new, lush and strummy sound of the Fresh and Onlys is a long, slow-burning fuse from its slash and scorch start, but it's still a rock & roll band and it has rarely burned so brightly or smartly. Local Motion: This fall, Troubadour Dali has been on an aggressive tour of West. Get to this show early and welcome the band back home.

Aquitaine Fri., 9:00 p.m. November 2 w/ Bikini Karate, Middle Class Fashion @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Christian Schaeffer You may not know the name Aquitaine unless you're a Francophile, a visitor to the Pyrenees or a Middle Ages buff, so a quick brush-up is in order: The band formed last year as Supermoon, changed its name to the nonsensical/Adam Levine-baiting Super Maroon, thought better of that name change and recently settled on Aquitaine. The quartet comes from good guitar-rock stock: Dave Collett has played with the Love Experts, guitarist Gerald Good and drummer Chris Luckett play in bulletPOP!, and singer/bassist Will Hildebrandt spent time in a band called Simmons in the middle of the last decade. A love of British rock & roll, from the Who to the Clash to Ride to Supergrass, unites this band, and both Collett and Good make the case for loud but nuanced fretwork at a time when many of the band's local contemporaries have turned the volume down. American Pulverizer, Part 1 is the band's debut EP (Part 2 is supposed to be out by the year's end), and it's a promising greeting from a band with a strong pedigree and mostly solid footing.

Deadstring Brothers Sat., 8:00 p.m. November 3 @ Crack Fox - $7 By Roy Kasten Composed of four Detroit amigos and one amiga (harmony singer Marsha Marjieh, who is too good not to sing some lead), the Deadstring Brothers revive the comatose, quasi-country bar-band formula. They're probably sick of the Band and Stones circa Exile on Main Street comparisons, but the associations are inevitable given singer and songwriter Kurt Marschke's drawling, full-throated snarl (not to mention the jubilant rave-ups, an obsession with sinners and shadows, and slide guitar slipping into a thick Hammond-organ stereo mix). They're funky but not jammy, loud but not noisy, smart but not effete -- hence they're anathema to indie fashion, which is all the more reason to catch their St. Louis debut.

Via Dove Sat., 8:30 p.m. November 3 @ The Firebird - $8 By Annie Zaleski From this 2010 show review: Via Dove's debut full-length, El Mundo Latino, is in line with the hurricane-rock atmosphere of its live shows. Jagged guitar riffs, gigantic drums, deep-grooved rhythms and vocalist Andy Shadburne's twang-burnished growls dominate these eleven songs. Familiar touchstones abound: the Black Keys' lo-fi blues ("Need Someone"), Everclear's grunge-pop ("I Don't Mind"), Kings of Leon's dirty Southern boogie ("(I Can't) Recognize the Signs") and Pearl Jam's arena-caliber, classic-rock nuance ("Treasure"). Highlights include the slithering, bass-driven "All We've Got" -- which features some dirty, sleazy saxophone from Manoj Mohan -- and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it snarl, "Fast Times." Shadburne is a clear but powerful singer, and his dynamic range easily handles these variations on a rock & roll theme.

Enabler Sun., 7:00 p.m. November 4 w/ Tropical Storm! @ Fubar - $8 / $10 By Ryan Wasoba Milwaukee outfit Enabler occupies a familiar space on the metallic fringe of hardcore, combining Kill Em All riffs with Black Flag chants. What separates Enabler from the metalcore pack is its ability to push its physical and creative boundaries, deal with personal and political themes, and make it all sound like a party. This might explain the wide variety of credibility in the band's resume. On one end of the spectrum, Enabler's All Hail The Void was just released on the ultra-hip metal label Southern Lord. On the other, the band's original drummer Andy Hurley was in a moderately successful band called Fall Out Boy. Crucial Breakdown: Be prepared for the less-than-subtle Jesus bashing gang vocal of. "No one is coming back from the dead" on "False Profit."

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Daniel Hill

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