On THURSDAY (the 20th), Westerly's finest blues-roots crew THE HOOLIOS play a hometown gig at the revamped and renowned Knickerbocker, and have locked up the third Thursday of every month through '09 (401.596.4225). A pair of Thursday freebies includes Anthony Loffredio's smoldering folk ensemble BARN BURNING at Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), and MARK CUTLER at the Greenwich Hotel; always 21+ and never a cover, call 401.884.4200. There's a reason why ROUTE .44 took Best Album honors in this year's Best Music Poll; catch Ian Lacombe and Co. at the Blackstone with special guests GRAND ARMY and Albany, NY duo SIRSY on FRIDAY (the 21st). Assorted ruckus around town on SATURDAY (the 22nd) includes an all-ages, all-psychobilly lineup led by TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3 at Blaze's Billiards (401.615.7677) in "downtown" West Warwick, with THE JERKTONES, THE EGOS, and BLANK(LY). National outlets are saluting ATL garage-rock quartet HOWLIES and their new album Trippin' with Howlies; check 'em out at AS220 (401.831.9327) with locals YOU SCREAM! I SCREAM! and CLIFFS AND BANGERS in tow. Jerky's Bar provides good reason to get off the couch SUNDAY (the 23rd) with an early evening show featuring locals THE BROTHER KITE opening for the Orange County blues of DUSTY RHODES & THE RIVER BAND (401.621.2244). And on TUESDAY (the 25th), local singer/songwriter talents MIKE GENDRON (of Mike G. & the Associates) and KAYLA RINGELHEIM open for DB LEONARD at AS220 (401.831.9327), or head to Club Hell early for a triple treat with THE DEVIL, MY POCKET, WRONG REASONS, and THESE UNITED STATES.
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