Verbana Darvell: Unmasked

By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 13, 2009

Long weekend, lotsa shows
From a healthy dose of the blues to left-field experimental mayhem, the long weekend begins tonight (the 15th) with a trio of free gigs: Cats (401.722.0150) in Pawtucket hosts ANGRY FARMER, THE PROPELLERS, and Warren's resident "doom jazz" quartet AXIOM QUARTET, while slide guitar heroes THE KILLDEVILS play Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), and the MARK CUTLER BAND performs a free set at the Greenwich Hotel, the same locale for JENN KITTEN on Friday (the 16th), as the lead gal from FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH unplugs with a set of acoustic originals. Call 401.884.4200 for info on both. Pick up a copy of Guerillaton by locals MADE IN MEXICO ASAP; they'll play AS220 (401.831.9327) with THE IN OUT, SWEATLODGE, and HIGH PLAINS THUNDER. Other Friday shows of note include FURLONG and Boston garage rockers THE BLUDLOWS at the Blackstone (401.726.2181), THE TICONDEROGAS with Operation Ivy tribute band SOUND SYSTEM at the Ocean Mist (401.782.3740), alt-rockers HAWKINS RISE at Cats (401.722.0150), and THE COMPLAINTS at Ri Ra (401.272.1953) on Friday and Sharx Bar and Grill (401.464.8877) in Cranston on Saturday (the 17th). Saturday also finds THE 'MERICANS bringing along BARN BURNING and New York friends THE FIGGS (Graham Parker's backing band) to the Blackstone; THE PARAPLEGICS and FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH opening for P.T.L KLUB, REFUSE/RESIST, and EDDIE AND THE LOUVERS at Jerky's; and twin brothers Mike and Matt Obadashian of GROW celebrate a birthday/album release party at the Century Lounge (401.751.2255) with DPR and KRIS HANSEN'S LEFT HAND BAND. All-star R&Bers BLACK & WHITE are already booked through year's end; check 'em out at Fitzpatrick's on Park Avenue in Cranston (401.943.8368). On a similar note, BRASS ATTACK blows through the Hi-Hat (401.453.6500) and the TIM TAYLOR BLUES BAND visits Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290). And loud-ass show of the week goes down at Firehouse No. 13 (401.270.1801) with I, DESTROYER, YAVINFIVE, SPVRS, and SHALLOW WATERS. On Sunday (the 18th), Club Hell hosts the CHELSY LAU BAND with SIGNS OF LIFE and NAKED KNEES (401.709.3923). Head to Wheels on Westminster Street on MLK night (the 19th) with the out-there jet-set lineup of DENIMVENOM, COWGIRL, and SPVRS all for only $2 — yes, $2.

Chris Conti can be contacted

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