Local heavy-hitters and pavement-pounding veterans fill the pre-Turkey Day week ahead. On THURSDAY (the 19th), omnipresent six-string slinger MARK CUTLER brings all-star friends along to the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200), 21+ and no cover all night. And Jerky's Bar delivers a triple-bill starting with Newport-based rockers THE DIEPODS (put their new self-titled debut on your Xmas wishlist) with '90s indie pioneers BACKWASH and local legends SCARCE (!) headlining. Call 401.621.2244 for ticket info. FRIDAY (the 20th) highlights include JEFF PITCHELL & TEXAS FLOOD bringing their acclaimed blues down south to the Ocean Mist (401.782.3740), and a pair of hot shows in the Bucket; Fall Rivuh's PISTOL SHOT GYPSY rock out at Cat's (401.722.0150) and the Blackstone hosts ROUTE. 44 with locals THE WIPPETS, NYC's ANALOGUE TRANSIT, and Beantown's MEMBERS OF MORPHINE: THE ELASTIC WASTE BAND, featuring former members Dana Colley (sax) and Jerome Deupree (drums) performing classic Mark Sandman cuts as well as their own brand of "psycho-Delta blues." It's only $7 at the door, call 401.726.2181 for more. Mellow out up north on SATURDAY (the 21st) with Grammy-winning guitarist DUKE ROBILLARD, playing two sets at Chan's (401.765.1900) at 8 and 10 pm, while Funkatronic guitarist PAUL CARAHER plays solo jazz standards for the dinner crowd at Cantina Di Marco in Cumberland, call 401.722.4170. AS220 is the place to be on SUNDAY (the 22nd), when locals PEOPLE OF COLOR, SIX STAR GENERAL (who just released a live disc and set to drop Take Your Teeth Out next month), and THURSDAY NIGHT ANTHEM (ex-Soccer Moms) team with New Brunswick psych-punks SILENT WAY, all for only $6 at the door, call 401.831.9327. And get your appetite up on Thanxgiving Eve (the 25th) when freshly-baked jam bands FUNGUS AMUNGUS and MAX CREEK hit Lupo's (401.331.5876); show starts at 9:30 pm, $15 at the door.
: New England Music News
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