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New Bedford's A Wilhelm Scream - third runners-up for "Best Local Punk" in this year's Best Music Poll - are back from recording with All/Descendents vet Bill Stevenson in Colorado, having completed a new album, Ruiner, that's due in July on Nitro. Expect pop-punk-as-speedmetal ear candy, and a batch of new songs, when they play the International Community Church with Chicago booze punks the Lawrence Arms, who will themselves be previewing a new disc on Asian Man, Cocktails and Dreams. The Methadones and Dead Ellington open. It's a 6 p.m., all-ages show, and the ICC is at 557 Cambridge Street in Allston; call (617) 782-8120.

Also tonight: the Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop brings a solo band to the Middle East's downstairs with Scottish indie-folk newcomer James Yorkston. That's at 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 864-EAST. Around the corner, Chicago country gentleman Robbie Fulks headlines T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline Street, with tunes from his new Georgia Hards (Yep Roc); call (617) 492-BEAR. And members of Kicked in the Head, Suspect Device, the Skels, and Dropkick Murphys lend their voices to "Chords and Discourse: Hank Williams," the local punk scene's answer to VH1 Storytellers, with acoustic renditions of Hank's hits, at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard Avenue in Allston; call (617) 782-6245.


It's hard to think of Humphrey Bogart as an artist poised between genius and homicidal insanity - which might be why The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) hasn't gone down in the canon of his great performances. All the more reason to see this soapy, noirish exercise in suspense and outlandish behavior as he plays a painter who gets it into his head to paint the first Mrs. C as the Angel of Death and then . . . Another reason is Barbara Stanwyck as the second spouse, who's first beguiled and then bewildered by Bogie's offbeat charms and inclinations. Peter Godfrey directs. It screens for free at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 Broadway; call (617) 268-0180.


Those who heard the staged performances of Bach's Cantatas Nos. 82 and 199 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson gave in 2001 with Emmanuel Music (Peter Sellars directing) can attest to their almost unbearable intensity. Cantata No. 82 (Ich habe genug) was presented as the final tormented hours of a terminally ill patient, Hunt Lieberson appearing in a hospital gown and with an IV tube. Now Emmanuel is reviving the production for performances in New York and in Europe. But there'll be one preview, at 8 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Regular tickets are $45 to $75; call (800) 233-3123. There's also a limited number of Patron tickets for $200 to benefit Emmanuel Music; a portion of that is tax deductible, and Patrons get to attend a reception with the artists after the concert. For those tickets, call (617) 824-8000.


Stoneham Theatre endeavors to build a better Mousetrap when it takes on the venerable Agatha Christie thriller that's been running in London for 50 years. Directing is Elliot Norton Award winner Adam Zahler, who has among his cast those Lunts of local theater, Paula Plum and Richard Snee. The show continues through June 19 at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street in Stoneham, and tickets are $32, $27 for seniors, $16 for students; call (781) 279-2200, or visit

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When P. Nice and the Audiovandal came up from Providence last month to jump-start the earthbound party version of Certified Bananas' on-line indie/crunk mix tape, the line stretched down the street, and the dancing inside was edging from R-rated on up toward NC-17. We're still a little fuzzy on the details - it was that kinda evening. But if you're planning on hitting round two at Enormous Room, you might wanna get there early. The June "CB Radio" mix is up for download at their site (, and they've outdone last month's screwed-and-chopped Three Six Mafia/Modest Mouse blend with an equally fiery Clipse/Lightning Bolt blast, a Hrvatski/No Limit battle royal, and more. (See "Download.") Enormous Room is at 567 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 491-5550.


If Jimmy Stewart were Swiss, short, and brooding, he might pass for Bruno Ganz, one of the most admired European actors. The Harvard Film Archive pays tribute to him with "Matters of Life and Death: The Films of Bruno Ganz," a retrospective that includes work by some of the greatest living filmmakers. It opens with what some have judged to be Ganz's finest performance, as Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Der Untergang/Downfall (2004), a controversial account of the Führer's final days in his Berlin bunker. It screens at 8 p.m. in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street in Harvard Square; call (617) 495-4700.

One of the first Oscar contenders steps into the ring this week as Ron Howard's Cinderella Man tells the rags-to-riches story of Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) who might not have had a beautiful mind but did develop a good enough left hook to step off the Depression relief rolls and take the heavyweight championship away from Max Baer in 1935. Renée Zellweger plays his wife, Paul Giamatti his manager. It might not be Oscar material, but skateboarding provides its share of thrills in The Lords of Dogtown, Catherine Hardwicke's dramatization of Stacy Peralta's documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, starring Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, and Nikki Reed. There's more pop-cultural competitiveness in Rock School, Don Argott's documentary about a real-life School of Rock. And if you want to get farther still out of the mainstream, try veteran independent director Hal Hartley's The Girl from Monday, a tale about a not-too-distant dystopic future in which corporate consumerism reigns supreme and visitors from another planet try to set things right. Bill Sage and Sabrina Lloyd star; it's at the Brattle Theatre all weekend, and Hartley will be on hand at tonight's 7:15 p.m. screening. That brings us to this week's foreign fare, though the formula might seem familiar in Alexandre Aja's Haute tension/High Tension, which describes itself as "a highly evolved slasher flick with a Sapphic twist." Danish director Susanne Bier's Brothers, on the other hand, goes where no American movies dare - to Afghanistan, where one of the title siblings serves while the other copes with the home front after a prison stint.


If you lived within a couple of blocks of Zeitgeist Gallery, you might have heard Teenage Disco Bloodbath Records honcho Jonah Livingston blasting grindcore on his (since discontinued) Sunday-night show on the Cambridge low-bandwidth community station Radio Pandemonium. The "not entirely imaginary radio station," as it has been called, has been removed, Chaney-like, to a secure location - it's a sad state of affairs when actual community radio has to go underground to escape the detection of the FCC, but such is life in Bush's America. Thus this benefit for Radio Pandemonium at the Central Square VFW, 288 Green Street in Cambridge, with morbid chanteur Milo Jones, Tigersaw, Carlisle Sound, and B for Brontosaurus. It's $5 and 21-plus; call (617) 547-9320.

Also tonight: Erasure frontman Andy Bell leads the group on its first comeback tour since he announced his HIV-positive diagnosis, with songs from their new Nightbird; they're at Avalon, 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston, with New York's Elkland. It's 18-plus and $35; call (617) 931-2000.


Whether paying tribute to Louis Armstrong or exploring the farther reaches of the classic "second" Miles Davis Quintet, Nicholas Payton has become one of the foremost trumpeters of his generation, born and bred in New Orleans, and fiercely cosmopolitan in his outlook. He brings his current quintet - with saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Marcus Gilmore - to Scullers in the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road at the Mass Pike; call (617) 562-4111.

Charlie Hunter has long since transcended - and outlived - the old "acid jazz" tag of the mid '90s. His eight-string guitar playing has grown in every way - melodically, rhythmically, harmonically - without losing touch with the grooves on which he built his reputation. He brings his long-time trio mates John Ellis on saxophone and Derek Phillips on drums to the Regattabar of the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street in Harvard Square, for shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $16; call (617) 395-7757.


Christopher Durang puts his mouth where his pen is tonight, starring in his own wild-haired comedy of alienation Laughing Wild. Durang, who played the Man in the show's 1987 premiere at New York's Playwrights' Horizons, here plays opposite the Woman of Tony winner Debra Monk, under the direction of Huntington Theatre Company honcho Nicholas Martin, whose staging of the playwright's merry mayhem fest Betty's Summer Vacation won an Obie. The play, which begins with a paranoid encounter in a grocery-store aisle and goes on to incorporate Sally Jessy Raphaël and the Infant of Prague, continues through June 26 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tickets are $14 to $50; call (617) 266-0880 or visit or


Boston Dance Month may be over, but there's still plenty of action this weekend. At the BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Anikai Dance Company performs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for students, seniors, $10 for children under 12; call (617) 861-7930. Across the river in Central Square, at Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Jody Weber's Weber Dance performs Core Impasse, Concrete Drive/Grassy Heart, Vestige, and Revolve tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets $15, $12 for students; call (617) 864-3191. And down the street at the Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, a multimedia evening will include GrAce, by Callie Chapman Korn and Ivan Korn of Zoé Dance and the short films "Phobos" and "Admiration of the Moon," from B Roll Films. That also is tonight and tomorrow at 8, and tickets are $17, $12 for students and seniors; call (781) 738-3272.

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Every other calendar editor in the world gets to make fun of the Air Guitar Championships. Not us. Nope. We're just a little more pathetic than all those hacks who'll be racking their brains this week for new ways to belabor the obvious. That's right: we're judging the damn thing. And screw you, we're psyched. Let's face it: the least interesting thing about actual guitar shredders is the notes they play. For us, it's all about the hair, the break-your-neckbanging, the extraterrestrial facial expressions. So let's get this out there up front: points off for untucked t-shirts. Real air-guitar geeks show off their belts. Let's do the damn thing right at Harpers Ferry, 158 Brighton Avenue in Allston; call (617) 254-9743.


Maybe it had something to do with "The Pill" popping up in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, but suddenly - here's a switch - New Yorkers are coming to Boston to start a club night. Then again, once you hear the Bamboo Kids - whose unpolished take on '70s garage punk and early '80s proto power pop bears more than a passing resemblance to the stuff the Real Kids are known for - you might forget they weren't born here. The Bamboo Kids celebrate the inaugural evening of their weekly "Low Life" night at the Abbey Lounge with guests Triple Thick, the Throttles, and Voodoo Screw Machine. That's at 3 Beacon Street in Inman Square; call (617) 441-9631.

If the Redwalls had been signed to any label other than Capitol, they probably couldn't have gotten away with hewing so close to Beatlemania without threat of a lawsuit. They're in town to preview songs from their debut, De Nova (out June 21), at the Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, with headliners Fooled by April and Scamper; American Minor - another entry into the Black-Crowes-meet-Kings-of-Leon heartland-rock boomlet - open. It's an 8 p.m., 18-plus show, and tickets are $12; call (617) 562-8800.

In addition to being pretty nifty with a camera (that was his Charms cover a few weeks back), Phoenix photographer Eric Levin is also pretty handy with a bass guitar. His snotty, booze-fueled pop-punk outfit Plan B have been recording with big-time producers Paul Kolderie and Ted Paduck, and they're celebrating the release of Welcome Generations downstairs at the Middle East. The disc's a blast, but on the constructive-criticism front: next time you have the perfect emo hooks, sing-along choruses, and Hollywood debauchery in place, it might be okay to leave the ska, Celt-punk, and funk-metal breakdowns on the cutting-room floor once in a while. That said, we can't mess with Bloodhound Gang-worthy lyrics like "And when you think it's time for bed/We'll kick you in the balls and shave your head/And dump you naked in the street." That's at 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, with Cherry S/T, Lost Cause, and 3 Feet Short; call (617) 864-EAST.


Arrived in Gold (Load Records), the latest by the Brooklyn trio Sightings, is gorgeous, considered noise rock, up there with '04 releases by Mouthus, Wolf Eyes, and Hair Police, and light years beyond the group's earlier monotone salvos. They headline the Central Square YWCA, 7 Temple Street in Cambridge, with Twisted Villagers Heathen Shame, Coughs, and Grey Daturas. It's a 17-plus, 7 p.m. show; call (617) 491-6050.


The immensely popular Britpop trio Keane have been accused of riding Chris Martin's coattails, but to us their piano ballads sound less like Coldplay for dummies than like Freddy Mercury covering Wings. To be on the safe side, they're squeezing in a few last shows before X&Y comes out. They headline Bank of America Pavilion on Northern Avenue near the World Trade Center; if their career goes south, perhaps they can pawn their ivories to opening act Regina Spektor, the ascendant Russian-émigrée indie-cabaret singer who will be the first call every A&R person makes when the Dresden Dolls go triple platinum. That's a 7:30 show and tickets are $29.50; call (617) 931-2000.

Also tonight: Jam'n 94.5's annual "Summer Jam" extravaganza is officially sold out, but those in possession of copious quantities of weed and/or booty may be able to work out a deal at the back door tonight at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, where the blockbuster line-up includes Snoop Dogg, the Game, Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boys, T.I., reggaeton kingpin Don Omar, and a bit of eye candy from Mashonda, Amerie, and Brooke Valentine. Or call (617) 931-2000 to see whether Ticketmaster will release any scalper-foiling tix just before show time.


Erik Lindgren is the kind of musical polymath who seems peculiar (in both sense of the word) to the Boston scene. A curator of '60s garage and psychedelic rock as well as "incredibly strange music" on his Arf! Arf! label, he's also an accomplished composer in all media, including solo piano, chamber, and orchestral pieces, jingles, and TV commercials. As a performer, he's probably best known as a founding member of pan-genre group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Lindgren celebrates his 50th birthday with performances by Birdsongs and his Sonare Wind Trio plus special guests and a visual presentation of some of his better-known commercial work for the Christmas Tree Shop, Waltham Camera & Stereo, WBZ, and others. (Did we mention that he has a great sense of humor?) That's at Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street in Harvard Square, at 8 p.m., and it's free; call (617) 876-0956.


East Boston isn't known as an artists' mecca, and it's a bit off the beaten track - but the annual East Boston Open Studios makes up for that by offering a free water taxi (sorry, "Art Ferry") from Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, adjacent to the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. Once it takes you across to the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, you can catch a free Art Bus that's ferrying folks among the 22 studios that make up the event. Or if you're taking the T, pick up a map at Tony's Realty, 37 Maverick Square, at the Blue Line MBTA station. For more info, call (617) 780-6988, or visit


The 35th annual, week-long Boston Gay Pride festivities kick off at Faneuil Hall Marketplace with the arrival of the Names' Project Foundation's AIDS Memorial Quilt. Unveiled in 1987 with just under 2000 panels - each commemorating a life lost to HIV - the quilt now comprises some 44,000 panels. It's on view beginning today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with performances by the women's chorus Voices Rising and the New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus. That's in the Rotunda at Faneuil Hall at Quincy Market, and it's free; call (617) 262-9405 or visit

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SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY: You know how it goes: band spend years recording debut CD, band book CD-release show, band send CD off to pressing plant . . . band realize CD won't be back by date of show. So it is with the eagerly awaited (by us, anyway) album by Plunge into Death, in which the pseudonymous Mark E. Moon and Area D combine their love for Miami bass, basement-brat punk, Atari teenage riots, and goth kids who rap. You can't get their CD at any of the three PID-related gigs this week, but you can download a couple of songs as part of Mark E. Moon's Crunkin' Donuts mix tape. (See "Download.") Sunday, they do their stripped-down "pLounge into Death" set with the Moves' Sara Cooper and Wisteriax at the Washington Street Arts Center, 321 Washington Street in Somerville; call (617) 623-5315. Tuesday, full-bore PID hit "Electrosocial" at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 864-3278, extension 237. And Wednesday, Area D hosts his new weekly "Musk" dance night at the Midway Café, 3496 Washington Street in JP, with guests Cassette; call (617) 524-9038.


Countless indie bands have walked countless miles down the trails that Sonic Youth blazed, but very few of them have a singer who's fit to carry Kim Gordon's dirty boots. Lauren Larson, of the Texas power trio Ume, is an exception: her boots were made for walking, and on her band's debut, Urgent Sea (Pretty Activity), she backs up her raspy wail with slow, deep, dissonant guitar riffs that verge on metal before spinning way out of control. Ume is at Great Scott with Decahedron, who haven't let the departure of Fugazi's Joe Lally from their line-up stop them from cranking out Dischord-ian indie punk the old-fashioned way. That's at 1222 Commonwealth Avenue in Allston; call (617) 566-9014.

Memphis's Lucero paint the same kinds of pictures as their alt-country brethren, they just use a cooler palette. Raised on DIY shows and Mississippi River sorrow, they've got a singer who doesn't know how not to sing at the top of his lungs, and they couldn't fail to kick your ass if they tried. After a bunch of well-received indie discs and near-constant touring (most of it with punkier punk bands), they've issued the Jim Dickinson-produced, Warner Bros.-distributed Nobody's Darlings, which focuses their best traits - a gruffness and a vulnerability that remind you of the Replacements, Jawbreaker, Springsteen, and early Social Distortion all at once - into one of the year's most blistering and bittersweet albums. They're upstairs at the Middle East with frequent touring companions the Honorary Title. That's at 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 864-EAST.

Also tonight: the British post-punk girl group Electrelane are at the Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, with a new album, Axes. (Michael Alan Goldberg's interview is in Music.) Call (617) 864-EAST.


If you thought the Curse of the Bambino provided endless fodder for Yankees boosters, wait'll you see what chants they come up with now that your World Champion Red Sox are getting the makeover treatment from the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy crew. It'll be worth the taunts, though, to see what grooming tips Carson and the ladies have for Mr. Damon, and we're hoping Jai's "culture" recipe for Bush leaguer Curt Schilling included removing the right-wing stick from his ass. The episode, not to be confused with the current SpeakEasy Stage production of Take Me Out, airs Tuesday on Bravo, but tonight the Queer Eye cast are in town to screen snippets and party Pride-style at Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston; call (617) 536-0966.


With Gay Pride week in full blaze, it's easy to forget that not everyone on the homo side of the fence feels included under its rainbow banners. One of the alternatives to the mainstream Pride celebration is the annual Dyke March. This year, that'll take place June 10 at the Parkman Bandstand, and as a benefit for it, Aliza Shapiro's Truth Serum Productions is putting on "The Revolution Requires Dancers," a dance party in which the drag-king cast from Shapiro's weekly TraniWreck variety show (including her own alter ego, Heywood Wakefield) will be joined by hula-hoopers the Galaxy Girls, plus-sized hip-hop dance troupe the Phat Fly Girls, Systyr Act (an acoustic rock group of habit-ed drag nuns), and no fewer than three burlesque troupes: Northampton's Femmetastic Fatales, Providence's Foodie Burlesque, and the local gals from Thru the Keyhole Burlesque. That's at 8 at the Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, 405 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. Suggested donation is $7 to $10; call (617) 524-3740.


Early June means Chorus pro Musica's annual concert-opera presentation, directed by the man our own Pulitzer Prize winner, Lloyd Schwartz, deems Boston's best Verdi conductor, Jeffrey Rink. Only hitch is, CpM isn't doing Verdi this year but rather Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila. Well, we're betting Rink and company will be just as good at Saint-Saëns. That's at 3 p.m. at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston, and tickets are $30 to $60; call (617) 267-7442.

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Pavement's Stephen Malkmus ditched the "and the Jicks" from his latest solo disc, Face the Truth, but they're back behind him at the Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. (Malkmus talks to Franklin Soults in Music.) Call (617) 562-8800. Next door at the Paradise Lounge, 969 Comm Ave, Cracker's Johnny Hickman headlines with the Ike Reilly Assassination and roots-rocking gal LP; call (617) 562-8814.


A film with the title Damn Yankees! (1958) should be a perennial favorite in these parts. In this case, though, it's the lowly and now defunct Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins, and replaced this year by the Washington Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos) who bear a grudge against the Bronx Bombers as a diehard fan makes a deal with the Devil to have his team win. George Abbott and Stanley Donen adapt the Broadway hit with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and choreography by Bob Fosse. Tab Hunter is the fan, Ray Walston is Mr. Let's Make a Deal, and Gwen Verdon is "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." It screens for free at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square; call (617) 536-5400 extension 2212.

The Unbelievable Truth (1989) about Hal Hartley is that a decade and a half after his acclaimed debut, despite the commercialization, corporatization, and general dumbing down of American cinema, this thorny, deadpan independent filmmaker is still going strong. Sort of. You can decide for yourself after seeing "Trouble + Desire: The Films of Hal Hartley" this week at the Brattle Theatre. It opens with the above-mentioned feature, a romantic absurdity about a college girl obsessed by nuclear war who falls for an ex-con with a history of homicide. Adrienne Shelly and Robert John Burke star; screenings are at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. It'll be followed by Amateur (1994) at 5:15 and 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday (along with a program of shorts at 7:30 p.m.), No Such Thing (2001) at 7:30 p.m. and Book of Life (1998) at 6 and 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, and Henry Fool (1997) at 4:15, 7, and 9:45 p.m. on Thursday. All are at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square; call (617) 876-6837.


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, StageSource, the area alliance of theater artists and producers, holds its annual bash at the Hotel Marlowe, where local thespians will gather to see Elliot Norton Award-winning director (and head of Brandeis's Office of the Arts) Scott Edmiston receive the 2005 Theatre Hero Award. The evening will also feature live music by Hush and lots of opportunity to network. The Hotel Marlowe is at 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard in Cambridge. Tickets are $19 for StageSource members, $25 for non-members; call (617) 720-6066, or visit


The American Repertory Theatre holds a soiree tonight to introduce two new works about itself: Marilyn Plotkins's The A.R.T. Reference Book: The Brustein Years and Tim Jackson's feature film Chaos and Order: On Making Theatre. Plotkins will talk about her book and later sign copies, and area musician and teacher Jackson's film, which is narrated by Tony-winning ex-ART member Cherry Jones, will screen. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, and it's free and open to the public.

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The Phoenix/FNX Best Music Poll celebration puts major-label indie rock on smash. Sure, the Bank of America Pavilion is sold out - fans of the Killers, Interpol, Louis XIV, and Robbers on High Street should stay plastered to FNX 101.7 for the giveaways - but there are still a few tickets left for the Lansdowne Street blowout with Lost City Angels, the Unseen, and Sage Francis at Bill's Bar, the Raveonettes and the Futureheads at Axis, and Kaiser Chiefs and the Dresden Dolls (just off tour with Nine Inch Nails and toting a killer version of "War Pigs") at Avalon. (In Music, Mikael Wood interviews the Killers' Brandon Flowers; Matt Ashare rounds up Louis and Robbers.) A $10 ticket gets you into all the Lansdowne Street clubs (space permitting, and they're 18-plus); call (617) 931-2000.

We can't imagine you'd want to do anything but go to our Best Music Poll party tonight, but if you must, consider that Phoenix "Out" columnist Will Spitz's indie-punk band Slater are playing their farewell gig at the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, on a bill with the Sterns, AM Stereo, and Ketman. It's 18-plus and $8; call (617) 864-EAST. Around the corner, the local hardcore label FNS Records throws a riot with Clockwork Orange-obsessed street punks Lower Class Brats plus Clit 45, For the Worse, Wednesday Night Heroes, and Pure Impact. That's at the Massasoit Lodge of Elks, 55 Bishop Allen Drive. It's a 6 p.m., all-ages show and admission is $8; call (617) 354-0404.

Also tonight: Spoon (Mikael Wood's interview is in Music) are at the Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, but for college-radio wastrels, the main draw is a rare visit from London's the Clientele. It's an 8 p.m. show and tickets are $17; call (617) 562-8800. And the vicious Montreal group We Are Wolves, another band of cryptic, spastic indie kids armed with spaced-out keyboards and drum machines, are at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Avenue in Allston; call (617) 566-9014.


The literary patron saint of record geeks (High Fidelity), English football punters (Fever Pitch), and Hugh Grant (About a Boy), Nick Hornby is the most adaptable former rock critic (for the New Yorker, briefly) in the screenwriting diaspora. His forthcoming A Long Way Down (Penguin), about four would-be suicides who meet by chance on a London rooftop, has already been optioned, and Johnny Depp is co-producing. With How To Be Good in production, and movie versions of Fever Pitch having been released on both shores (the recent Drew Barrymore/Red Sox picture was more of an adaptation), Hornby may soon enjoy the distinction of having written five novels that have been made into six films. At 6 p.m., he'll read at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Tickets are $2 and available through Brookline Booksmith; call (617) 566-6660.

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The first (and only) time we saw the Canadian chanteuse Jorane was at a festival in Québec City, where she was all the rage - a cello-playing waif with Mélisande-like tresses wailing away at her instrument and singing impassioned, Tori Amos-like tunes informed by folk, classical, and rock and sung in English, French, and her own "jabberwocky." Jorane opens for Charlotte Martin at the Paradise Lounge, 969 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, in an 18-plus, 9 p.m. show (doors at 8). Tickets are $10; call (617) 562-8814.


Back on the 2004 release of his Marsalis Music debut, Ceremonial, Miguel Zenón was already being hailed as a next big jazz thing for his command of alto sax and Afro-Latin fusions. Even so, his new Jíbaro (also on Marsalis) is a giant leap forward - an ambitious exploration of the jíbaro folk music of his native Puerto Rico mined for its rich melodies and rhythms and adapted to a modern jazz quartet. The music straddles the thump of dance/roots music and abstract jazz - not unlike Thelonious Monk's funky, brainy compositions. Zenón, with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole, is at Scullers, in the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road at the Mass Pike. Call (617) 562-4111.


Los Angeles thrashers He Is Legend sneak a hint of Sunset Strip metal into their new deathpunk concept album I Am Hollywood (Solid State), and their producer, Killswitch Engage's Adam D, makes sure their emo choruses and thrash breakdowns flat-out rip. They're on a bill with From First to Last, Emanuel, and Halifax at the International Community Church, 557 Cambridge Street in Allston. Doors are at 6; call (617) 782-8120.

Slummerville has a new nickname, at least for the night: it's "Strummerville" to the Clash City rockers over at the Abbey Lounge, where Far From Finished, the Pug Uglies, Drago, and the 007 Hundred Club perform to benefit the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. That's at 3 Beacon Street in Somerville; call (617) 441-9631 Meanwhile, Willie Alexander, the Fighting Cocks' Jamie Severens, and the Downbeat 5 are among the groups performing at Johnny D's to benefit Right Turn, a non-profit substance-abuse-treatment organization founded by Del Fuegos drummer Woody Geissmann. That's at 17 Holland Street in Somerville; call (617) 776-2004. And honorary Boston power-pop vets the Figgs are back serving as Graham Parker's backing band (and his opening band) downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 864-EAST.


We already know that Keith Lockhart has LeAnn Rimes on his speed dial. And this week, the Boston Pops continues its country-crazy spring season with a visit from the Wayfaring Strangers, Matt Glaser's sophisticated Americana big band, who essay bluegrass, folk, and Western swing with twists of jazz and klezmer, and has the added attraction of an A-list front line of female vocalists including Boston alt-rock siren Tracy Bonham. The nine-piece group join the Pops tonight through Friday at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, for the second half of a program that also includes some Gershwin/Copland/Bernstein chestnuts and a tribute to Artie Shaw. Tickets are $16 to $72; call (617) 266-1200.


The Dickensian specter of child labor returns in Stolen Childhoods (2005), an award-winning documentary about the exploitation of the innocent in sweatshops around the world directed by Len Morris and narrated by Meryl Streep. The New England Women's Initiative will present a special preview screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and proceeds will benefit CARE and UNICEF projects on behalf of the 246 million children who live in virtual slavery. The Coolidge is at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline; call (617) 734-2501.

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He invented the Rapture, not to mention dance punk as all you skinny little hipsters know it. His DFA remixes have rescued otherwise unsalvageable singles by famous people like N.E.R.D. and Nine Inch Nails. He made those two Canadian kids with the fake moustaches change their name. But James Murphy saved his best tricks for LCD Soundsystem. You want a recap? That'd be like trying to explain who James Brown is. Suffice to say that though he may look as if he were losing his edge - he's got the pudgy body type and the dad face of a middle-aged guy who makes dance records - he learned how to kill people with a rock band by touring as Six Finger Satellite's soundman, and he hasn't forgotten any of that shit. Least of all crushing intensity and punishing volume. He's put together a touring group that's one part Kraftwerk and two parts Stooges (see "Movement," then multiply by an hour), and they're going to destroy you. M.I.A. opens. Show of the year right here, kid: 18-plus, 7 p.m. at Avalon, 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston. Tickets are $15; call (617) 262-2437.


The rockers bellow that Robby Roadsteamer was robbed. Pavement fans still can't believe Furvis didn't win. Cynics moan about "the Dresden Dolls effect." This, as Rumble winners past might whisper to this year's champ, Reverend Glasseye, is what the Rumble Curse feels like. But for now, the monocle'd man with the magical medicine-show menagerie is on top of the world. Fresh off a victory lap through the nation's heartland, the right Reverend makes his first appearance since winning the Rumble upstairs at the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. The Flesh, the Valhalla Kittens, and the Self-Righteous Brothers open; call (617) 864-EAST.


A lottery winner thinks her luck is on a roll when she falls for a mystery hunk. But hubby proves a bit suspicious after the wedding, and it looks as if he might be after her money, if not her life. Richard Whorf's Love from a Stranger (1947), the second adaptation of the Agatha Christie story, might not break new cinematic ground, but it elicits its share of chills and hisses. Starring John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney, it screens for free at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 Broadway; call (617) 268-0180.

Aspiring auteurs need all the encouragement they can get, and plenty is available at the Boston Filmmakers' Expo, an all-day series of workshops focusing on key issues like "Technology," "The Business of Filmmaking," and "Marketing and Distribution." Shouldn't there be a class on "How To Make a Good Film?" No doubt the many guests from the industry will address that topic as well. The event takes place from noon to 10 p.m. at the Filmmakers Collaborative, 397 Moody Street in Waltham; call (781) 647-1102.


Not hard to figure how the local music scene regards Asa Brebner: during his three-night record-release blowout in March, he was joined by local rock legends (Dennis Brennan, Twinemen), roots-music guys (Session Americana), blues disciples (Chilly Kurtz, the Scissormen), first-generation Boston punks (Mickey Clean), and even Peter Wolf, who presented him with his own Academy Award - a bottle of Jack Daniel's. What's not so well known is that in addition to majoring in rock, Brebner also minors in painting. This month, his gonzo creations will be on display in "Sideshow: New Line Drawings by Asa Brebner," at the Paradise Lounge, 969 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, and he'll be playing with the Family Jewels every Thursday night. It kicks off with a reception at 7 p.m.; call (617) 562-8814.


Guantánamo: Honor Bound To Defend Freedom, by British journalist Victoria Brittain and writer Gillian Slovo, played to sold-out audiences in London before moving to New York last summer. Based on spoken and written testimony, it "focuses on the stories of five British detainees in Guantánamo Bay." The play will be given readings tonight at 7:30 at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square; on Friday June 10 at 6 p.m. at Freedom House, 14 Crawford Street in Dorchester; and on Saturday June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Family YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. All the readings are free and will be followed by discussions. (Sponsors include the ACLU, Cambridge Peace Commission, the Community Church of Boston, and Freedom House.) Call (617) 482-3170 extension 314, or visit

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