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Monday, July 30, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 30 to August 5

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Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween Fri., 8:00 p.m. August 3 w/ The Feed, Dock Ellis Band, Cree Rider Family Band, Picture day, Fattback, Sean Canan, False Moves @ Off Broadway - $10-$13 By Christian Schaeffer When Aaron Freeman, a.k.a. Gene Ween, decided to retire his nomme du rock and focus on his solo work, he ended his nearly 30-year partnership with Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) and the bizarre, cultishly adored music they produced together. Members of several local bands have decided to throw Ween an Irish wake rather than a somber funeral for Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween. Disparate acts ranging from the Feed's keyboard-driven soul rock & roll, False Moves' dark-tinted pulses will take on the band's genre-blurring catalogue. This show also marks the first time that the members of Fattback have reconvened since the 2010 death of founding member Dave Hagerty, and since there would have been no Fattback without Ween's influence, it's a fitting cause for reunion. Piss Up a Rope: Here's hoping that our town's twang-loving bands make some hay with the 12 Golden Country Greats classics. Dock Ellis Band, we're looking in your direction.

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Kishi Bashi Sat., 7:30 p.m. August 4 @ Off Broadway - $10/$12 By Ryan Wasoba When Of Montreal played an uncharacteristically intimate show on July 4, 2011 at the Luminary Center for the Arts, the band's auxiliary member Kishi Bashi was the evening's de facto tone-setter. Armed with a violin, Bashi unassumingly opened the concert with a brief set of elegant psych-folk tunes built from patterns looped on top of each other in a melodic dog-pile. By the end of the night, Bashi was hootenanny-ing around the room playing "Turkey In The Straw" and wearing a red white and blue leotard. And, not coincidentally, he had sold out of copies of his excellent Room For Dream EP. The Trifecta: While Kishi Bashi does not sound much like Andrew Bird or Owen Pallett, he has become the third notable artist to perform music with only a violin and a looping pedal.

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Kentucky Knife Fight Sat., 8:00 p.m. August 4 w/ Tight Pants Syndrome, Royal Smokestacks @ Plush - $8 By Calvin Cox With a style that's been called everything from punk to alternative country, Kentucky Knife Fight's gritty blend of rock and blues may be best experienced live. The band's slick guitar riffs are often complemented by instrumentation like harmonicas, organs, banjos and fiddles. The frontman, Jason Holler, belts out the groups dark, edgy lyrics in a strained and raspy voice -- with just a hint of desperation. Recommended If You Like: The Black Crowes, the Replacements

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Funky Butt Brass Band Sun., 4:00 p.m. August 5 @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By Ryan Wasoba Although a sousaphone and a marching snare drum are part of the Funky Butt Brass Band experience, the local sextet is well versed in all things funk. Its razor-sharp horn section blasts out the sort of punchy stabs that have made thousands of white people dance to Tower of Power, while its unhinged rhythm section recalls the greasy funk that drips from fingers and collects in the gutters of New Orleans. But stellar musicianship and dedication to the craft aren't the band's only strengths -- more important, the act showcases the playful side missing from many uptight jazz enthusiasts. After all, it maintains enough of a sense of humor to put the word "butt" in its name.

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