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With a cage-rattling, teeth-gritting Sonics assault that borrows as much from the cranky reverb crunch of Nevermind as it does from the plaintive hollers of Howlin' Wolf and the vague vignettes of Dylan, The White Stripes of Detroit have officially brought the fire back from the fringes of the mainstream. Meg White will not revolutionize the way you think of drums, but, with her 4/4 cadences booming, you might be grinding with the security railing by encore's end. Whirlwind Heat opens. --Grayson Currin


Beaver Nelson's rustic twang connects him with the legacy of Townes Van Zandt, and Nelson's fellow Texas troubadours Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Robert Earl Keen; it's a testament to his thoughtful, incisive writing that he belong in such company. On 2002's Legends of the Super Heroes (Freedom), his fourth album, Nelson's roots-rock style shuffles further into pop territory. Reminiscent of Freedy Johnston, he brings an rich melodic sense to bear on his music without abandoning his country soul. For more information on house concert tickets, e-mail --Chris Parker


Eric San, aka Kid Koala, belongs to the tribe of DJs that work with the essentials--just two turntables and a mixer--to create their own, sometimes cartoonish worlds. Splicing spoken word amid the sound effects and his forte--scratching--he splatters droplets of sound without a sampler in sight. Koala opens for roots-pop singer Ben Harper at this event. --Chris Toenes

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