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In a culture where excess is ubiquitous, it's easy to appreciate England's Holly Golightly, a woman with a rare grasp of rock's simple pleasures. For more than a decade she's produced a steady stream of rootsy punk-driven rock, lending it a range and subtle pop sensibility that her one-time mentor Billy Childish could only dream of. It's been almost three years since Slowly but Surely, her last and arguably most accessible album, but she's finally dropping something new. Credited to Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying (Damaged Goods) is Golightly and longtime bassist Lawyer Dave ambling through a collection of rural blues and old-timey country originals, plus a couple of covers. Although there are some overdubs, mostly it's basic guitar with bass accompaniment. Recorded at home, the album has the feel of a hootenanny--with just two people. Screaming Yellow Zonkers open; Golightly plays a Brokeoffs set and then a full-band set. a 10 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $12, $10 in advance, 18+.

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