Mike Doughty

p.m. Sunday, October 18. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

In the '90s, Mike Doughty led the New York City quartet Soul Coughing with streetwise slang, mutated metaphors and a cocksure voice that made lyrics such as "You get the ankles, and I'll get the wrists" seem perfectly normal for a pop song. As a solo artist, Doughty has toned down the beautiful weirdness of his old band in favor of acoustic-guitar-led rock & roll. The just-released Sad Man Happy Man continues this streak with the positively jaunty, parentheses-happy single "(You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)." His vitriol and skewed sense of humor has hardly dulled, though, as the instructional "How to Fuck a Republican" can attest. This evening's show will be an acoustic set, and Doughty will share the stage with cellist Andrew "Scrap" Livingston.