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Tav Falco's Panther Burns

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What exactly Tav Falco is I'm not sure. He certainly is an aficionado of southern muck rock, and he fronts a band, Panther Burns, that plays a potent, eerily corporeal strain of mucked-up rockabilly (muckabilly?). But he's also at least part performance artist (he used to call himself Tubeman and play blues classics on police whistle and chain saw) and a serious student of the blues (he was a video chronicler of Delta blues and now records things like unreleased demos of artists you've never heard of). He talks like a slightly more couth, better educated Mojo Nixon. ("You've heard of bel canto? We're bel ranto.") The show tonight is part of a gala "tin" anniversary tour--it's been a full ten years since Falco founded the Panther Burns, with help along the way from Alex Chilton and legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickenson (under the nom de muck Captain Memphis). And on anniversaries guys like Falco get sentimental and muck up the place. Tonight, 11 pm, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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