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CL previews upcoming shows 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22

J. Roddy Walston and The Business J. Roddy and his Business men are truly best appreciated live, something that's often said of bands, but rarely the case. From Baltimore by way of Tennessee, the band comes off as something like Dr. Dog grafted with Th' Fantastic Shack Shakers, as played by Trail of Dead. Which might well sound like shit, but it's the first thing that came to mind. No matter: You won't be disappointed, 'less you're expecting a bout of somnambulant shoegaze – JR means business. With Tripp and Mumpsy. Snug Harbor (Timothy C. Davis)

THURSDAY, OCT. 23

Eoto Jason Hann and Michael Travis (percussionist and drummer from The String Cheese Incident) are Eoto, an all-improv live dance duo. Their credo? Nothing is written or rehearsed or pre-planned before a gig. They hit the stage with a cacophony of electronica, breakbeat, and drum 'n' bass that's loaded with spacey beats and tones looped, mixed and twirled into a trancey dance swirl. Taking cues from DJs, each gig evolves into a different musical beast. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

Clouds Boston-based rockers stitch together garage, aggro punk and classic riff-rock circa 1970s that gets bods bouncing in and out of the pit. Their newest batch of slammers is titled We Are Above You. Led by axeman Adam McGrath (ex-Cave In), Clouds are as abrasive as they can be melodic and tinted with anthemic choruses and sparring instruments. Also on the bill: Sled and Stronghold Crusader. Milestone (Shukla)

Galactic The New Orleans jazz funkateers are back out on the road and are bringing along a couple of friends – Shamarr Allen on trumpet and Corey Henry on trombone. This is the first time the band has toured with a horn section – last time, they toured with an array of hip-hop artists to support the From the Corner to the Block disc. Visulite (Jeff Hahne)

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

The Griefs As garage-revival pedigrees go, Eric Stein's time in the Greenhornes is good as it gets post-the real deal – keep your White Stripes‚ catalog, I'll take that Cincinnati quintet's 2002 classic Dual Mono, thank you very much. Stein and his new cohorts keep the vibe alive on their new one, Tempo Tantrum, which features the best British Invasion song the Yardbirds neglected to write, "Whenever You're Around." With Lambhandler and Bruce Hazel & Some Volunteers. Milestone (John Schacht)

The Proclivities Matt Douglas‚ sonic self-examinations probably benefit his audience more than him; not to say his band's dark little vignettes don't provide him catharsis, but such confessionals are sometimes better heard than lived through. And in the case of this Triangle quartet's clever wordplay and richly textured noir-pop (Douglas has formal jazz and classical training, and note Chris Boerner's Ribot-like guitar lines on some of their latest, Handguns and Dancing Shoes), your ears are definitely gonna have a good time. With the Houstons. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

SATURDAY, OCT. 25

Andy Friedman & Other Failures An illustrator, painter and photographer who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., "art country" artist Friedman is a semi-regular contributor to The New Yorker. Matching his own classical-style pencil drawings and Polaroid pictures to improvisatory riffs suggested by the titles and words to blues and country songs, he's managed to create a performance that's equal parts poetry reading, stand-up comedy, and low-fi art gallery. Along with Friedman is his backing band, The Other Failures. PS: Pick up his new single "Idaho," modeled after a 1972 Topps baseball card at the gig – nice track, better packaging. With Amy Speace & The Tearjerkers; Lowry, Transmission Fields. The Evening Muse (Davis)

MONDAY, OCT. 27

Get Out And Vote 08 Tour The Beastie Boys – yes, those Beastie Boys – are out hitting the swing states to try and motivate people to, well, get out and vote. They're bringing along some of high-powered friends, too. At this show, Sheryl Crow and Santogold share the bill. Amos' Southend (Hahne)

TUESDAY, OCT. 28

John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death A guitar, a drum and drunken voice, Barrett keeps it to a raw minimum with his shattered rock, blues and surf music done way solo. Following in the footsteps of single or duo pared down outfits, this is blues-rock fueled with rickety guitars and not always sure-footed percussion. Look for his debut recording on Fat Possum Records next month. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

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