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There's The Black Crowes and The Black Ox Orkestar, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice and The Teeth, Genghis Tron and Lake Trout, The Adolescents and The Editors - all sorts of acts coming around this weekend that are made for word play. Some we'd even stand in line to hear. It's the weekend already in Kamchatka, so let's drop the needle on our weekend music grab:

Her story could be captioned Exhibit A in the case for the power of musical netroots. Fiona Apple's third album was going nowhere, shelved by Sony, when songs started leaking onto the Web. First two, then all 11. Fans and critics raved. A guerrilla campaign, called Free Fiona, which involved the mass mailing of foam apples, helped win the record's release. And so last October, the label finally released Extraordinary Machines. And it was extraordinary. The emotive waif with the emerald eyes comes to town Friday to play the Tweeter Center. Listen to this feature/interview from NPR upon the CD's October release. This would be a good show if it were Fiona alone. But you get Damien Rice opening for her, and David Garza opening for him. Rice is the Irishman, whose tender "Cold Water" was used to such strong effect in The Girl In The Cafe. It's from 2003's winning O.

(Update: got a fan who hated her recently write into the comment section below. Anyone want to offer an opinion of Friday's show???)

Speaking of big bills - The waterfront will be musically purling once again this weekend, and my pick would be the Black Crowes, Drive-by Truckers and Robert Randolph - mostly because I have never seen the Drive-by Truckers in person, though I've gotten a hold of a few live songs of theirs over the years, and have heard tale of their three-guitars, play-it-all-night-long ethos. For a taste of the Truckers, hell, for a whole show, visit the Live Archive. Might want to start with a January concert back at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga. For download or stream.

Where has Freedy Johnson gone? So begins a recent post at IndieBogHeaven that I can get behind - he had quite the streak about a decade ago, peaking with "Can You Fly," which Robert Christgau once called "a perfect album." He's supporting the release of a new (but old) live CD, and back in town Saturday night at the Tin Angel.

Theeditors Double bill, at the TLA Saturday finds Lake Trout opening for The Editors. Let's pay attention to the editors first, because editors demand that. Some, such as Kiss Atlanta, have called them a lab-made concoction of Interpol, Joy Division and Bloc Party parts. Others, like me, just find them interesting. I'd hunt down "Munich," the acoustic version, before returning to Kiss Atlanta to hear what it sounds like layered. Lake Trout? Here's a live show/interview for download from Their MySpace page is well stocked, too.

As a bonus (Mondays aren't the weekend, but this IS a break-up tour) here's something to consider if you're heading to the Starlight Lounge for Sleater-Kinney's Philly farewell. RBally found this God knows where, a live show, posted in its entirely, by Jennings in honor of what he calls the greatest rock band in America.

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Posted 07/27/2006 11:34:39 PM

Think twice before you go see Fiona Apple on this tour. I saw her two weeks ago in Dallas and it was atrocious; her voice is absolutely trashed. I had free tickets, and I still walked out before it was over. Save your money.

Posted 07/28/2006 12:13:39 AM

I'm really looking forward to the Editors' show. They surprised me in April. I expected them to be a lot more subdued on stage. The lead singer is an impressive frontman.

Posted 07/28/2006 08:03:50 AM

That doesn't sound good, Meredith. Went digging for a review from that Dallas show: Feh. The Boston Globe seemed to like last Friday's show a lot better:

Posted 07/28/2006 11:18:14 AM

Please remove your pictures from the front apge of this web site. It's a news site, and you're wasting valuable realestate on two egotistical swollen heads....I'm really be a real site....

Posted 07/28/2006 11:21:06 AM

I got so angry I mistyped my last thought...which was "I mean a useful site......"

daniel rubin
Posted 07/28/2006 11:53:39 AM

Re those last two comments: Mom, next time just pick up the phone, please.

Anthony Preziosi
Posted 07/30/2006 07:12:51 PM

Sorry I can't agree with meredith about Fiona. I went to the Friday Camden show and was enraptured. I've never seen anyone so emotional about music and the art it represents. She sang and played the songs with conviction and emotion that I haven't seen in a long time...and I only had to think once about going.

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