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Wednesday, August 14
Imperial Drag This week is chock-full of royalty. Imperial Teen reigns at the Great American on Saturday and the kings of drag hold court tonight. Despite the implication, Imperial Drag do not dress in women's clothes, though I doubt that they would be adverse to it; nor do they write songs about drag-racing, though there is reference to other Middle American spectator sports (televangelism, for one); and they certainly don't make music that is a bummer, though groovy slang is more than welcome in the '70s-styled tales told by Eric ("Hey, I'm a Capricorn") Dover and former Jellyfish member Roger ("Gemini. And you?") Manning. Psychedelic glam rock plays a happy backdrop to Manning and Dover's 20-year-old obsessions: astrological signs, sexual ambiguity, and the space program. Sugarspoon opens. Slim's, 9 p.m., $7.50-8.

Thursday, August 15
"Gene Vincent Tribute" This is the 40th anniversary of Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps' hit record "Be-Bop-a-Lula." Among the artists profoundly affected by it: Jim Morrison, who allegedly stalked Vincent's Hollywood home until they became drinking buddies; John Lennon, who cited his influence right down to the leather suits; the Stray Cats, who stole Vincent's guitar licks without mercy; Jeff Beck, who claims Vincent was the reason he pursued a musical career; and Chris Isaak, whose obsessions with the color blue, profile publicity shots, and a strange propensity to shout "B-I-Bickey Bi Bo Bo Go" can all be attributed to Vincent. To celebrate this legendary musician, who courted the tempestuous heart of rock 'n' roll until it finally killed him, original members of the Blue Caps have gotten together to appear on Turning the World Blue: A Tribute to Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (Skizmatic). Accompanying the Caps on stage tonight (as well as on the new CD) are Russell Scott, Tim Polecat, Buddy Knox, Jerry Lee Merritt, the Sun Demons, the Wankin' Teens, and Whole Lotsa Poppa. DNA, 9 p.m., $5.

Friday, August 16
Jimmy Cliff Even folks who don't care for reggae have found themselves wiggling their behinds to Cliff's contagious pop songs. International hits such as "The Harder They Come," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "Many Rivers to Cross" have made Cliff one of the most widely regarded reggae performers of all time. After more than 20 albums, he is still determined to spread the word of oneness and peace to anyone who wants to move a little and smile a lot. Rankin' Scroo and Ginger open; DJs Spliff Skankin' and Robert Rankin' spin. Maritime Hall, 9:30 p.m., $20-22.

Saturday, August 17
Deadbolt Feel like being scared, little boy? Sure, you do. Everybody needs a little terror in his life now and again. Just lean back and relax. Relinquish yourself to the dreadful reveries of Harley Davidson, Les Vegas, and the Phantom -- three boys from San Diego who like to get dressed up in black and torture small, furry animals. Their dementia is an exquisite, creepy excursion into the world of rabid-dog voodoo-billy. You'll never be the same, just like that time when the Cramps and Dick Dale went on a bender in Tijuana with Zorro the Gay Blade. Frenchy and the Mutilators open. Kilowatt, 8 p.m., $6.

Sunday, August 18
Misfits Rumors were that the Damned's Dave Vanian was considering taking over the mike for the ever-so-vain-and-far-too-busy Glenn Danzig on the Misfits' sojourn back into the light. This would have been an impeccable match, seeing how Danzig spent his early years emulating Vanian's vocals while strutting around like a spooky, punk rock Elvis. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, and the Misfits are left with neither Danzig nor Vanian, just some 20-year-old kid hailing from their hometown of Lodi, N.J. Luckily for the Misfits they have one of the best horror-punk catalogs of all time and there are still more than a few fans who will pay good money to see just about anybody sing "Die, Die My Darling" really loud. Anthrax, Life of Agony, and Cannibal Corpse open. Fillmore, 7 p.m., $16.50.

Monday, August 19
Jazz Weasels Aaah, the ever-elusive jazz weasel, an animal so selective in its feeding habits that very few specimens have survived in captivity. The jazz weasel sustains itself on a select diet of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk, carefully strained through a fine mesh of the Ohio Players, Hendrix's Band of Gypsies, and Funkadelic. If provided with the proper nourishment, the jazz weasel can develop into a delightful companion for adults and children alike. Cafe Du Nord, 9 p.m., $3.

Tuesday, August 20
Jackmormons Headed by Jerry Joseph, the Dylan-esque troubadour who fronted Little Women, the Jackmormons blend a roots-rock vibe with danceable rhythms and a Hammond B3 organ. Citing influences such as Graham Parker, the Pogues, and the Clash, it might seem strange that the music comes off as straight-up heartland rock a la Springsteen, but never mind. This supper club doesn't allow much space for dancing, but the songwriting talents of Joseph are well worth the price of a glass of wine or a meal. Infusion, 9 p.m., free.

By Silke Tudor

 
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