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music notes 5-5-05

Direct from the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” comes Austin’s roots-music darling Elizabeth McQueen for a one-night stand at Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530) on Friday, May 6. McQueen’s band, the Firebrands, is stacked with glorious Austin musicians who help support the roots pop diva on her latest Freedom Records release. The recording, Happy Doing What We’re Doing, pays homage to Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and other lesser known British popsters who helped create the English pub rock scene of the late ’70s.
Mighty SideShow got its show on the road in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1998. By 2003 the band was bounding up the Active Rock record charts with the song and album Part of Something. Now they’re back on tour in support of a new disc, Dare You to Think. You can hear them on WQLZ and you can see them at Buster’s (1120 Sangamon Ave., 522-0552) this Sunday, May 8. Joining the traveling band in concert are local rock scene climbers Facelift and Ivory Rust. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 cover.
Believers in rock & roll should plan ahead for the May 21 Underground City Tavern appearance of living legend Link Wray. All lovers of guitar power chords owe Mr. Wray a debt of gratitude for his innovative approach to the electric six-string back in the mid-’50s. Almost a half-century later he’s still playing Rumble,Rawhide, and Jack the Ripper to a new generation of fans fond of distorted guitar sounds.
It’s Josh Catalano’s turn to play for the masses of downtown shoppers flooding Recycled Records (625 E. Adams St., 522-5122) during their evening live music series. The venerable venue is staying open until 8 p.m. every Wednesday through the summer, in order to feature local musicians from 5:30 to 7:30. Catalano, the former lead singer and songwriter of Mugshot has been lying low lately, no doubt sitting on a pile of new songs and preparing to unleash them upon some lucky listener. Show up on May 11 and you could be the one.
With plenty of open mics on the market for guitar-bearing singers, it’s nice to see one specifically oriented to hip hop isn’t it? Capcitill Promotions heads up the all-ages show on May 7, at Two Olives & a Pepper (107 W. Cook, 241-1027), from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. You can sign up at the show or online at www.capcitill.com
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