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Mark McKay's second solo release, Live from the Memory Hotel, pulls off the neat trick of portraying him as both a talented acoustic troubadour and a confident band leader. The press seems to be paying attention, with recent write-ups comparing McKay, former member of promising alt-country band Sixty Acres, to icons such as Neil Young and Michael Stipe, and the son of an icon, Jakob Dylan. On Live from the Memory Hotel McKay takes it upon himself to knock on the pantheon's door with a roots-rocking cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City," and a take on the traditional tune "Moonshiner," a song that many discovered via Uncle Tupelo's version on their landmark March 16-20, 1992. Joining McKay is Andrew Grimm of the band June Star, the outfit that backed McKay on the second half of Memory Hotel. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (no cover). (10 p.m., Last of the Great Sideshow Freaks. $5). 968-9308.

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