Music News & Reviews

A diverse concert menu

Henry Rollins' show on Sunday at Buster's easily tops this weekend's concert picks, even though there won't be a lick of music played at the spoken-word performance.

That leaves us with some curious performance alternatives. Coming out on top is a loaded concert menu at The Southgate House, 24 East Third Street in Newport, which will offer numerous favorites, including a second outing by Rollins, in the next few days.

Friday night brings us a another regional return by Alejandro Escovedo, raising the question of when we will hear the great Texas songsmith back on local soil again. After all, he recently finished sessions for another album with producer Tony Visconti in Lexington at the St. Claire Recording Co. For now, you will need to figure on another road trip to catch Escovedo and his band in action (8 p.m., $20). Megan McCormick will open.

On Saturday, it's another Rollins date (8 p.m., $20), just in case you can't make Sunday's show at Buster's.

But there will be a very cool late concert that night by Early Day Miners, a wonderfully moody, ambient-flavored psychedelic outfit out of the Bloomington, Ind., area that has opened regional shows for, among others, Wilco (9:30 p.m., $8).

Skipping to Wednesday, it's the return of the seminal Boston proto-punk band Mission of Burma, one of the sleeper acts to play at last fall's Boomslang festival in Lexington (9 p.m., $15).

For ticket info on any of the Southgate House shows, call (859) 431-2201 or go to

Kentucky voices at 'WoodSongs'

Monday's taping of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street, turns to Kentucky for its performance roster. On tap will be Exile, the country-pop ensemble that first formed in Richmond more than 45 years ago. WoodSongs will offer a mostly acoustic performance by the popular '80s Exile lineup (J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman) that began playing together again in 2008. Letcher County-bred songsmith, banjoist, guitarist and clogger Carla Gover, formerly of Zoe Speaks, also will be featured. Now a Lexingtonian, Gover is recording a new solo album. (7 p.m. $20. (859) 252-8888.

Alan Rhody at Natasha's

Kentucky native-turned-Nashville song scribe Alan Rhody performs at Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, on Tuesday.

Always adept at conjuring an engaging story line for a tune, Rhody has written songs that were covered by country and bluegrass luminaries George Jones, Del McCoury, Kevin Welch and others during the '80s. Since then, he has realigned his music to suit a more folk-based sound. His 2008 album, Boxcars of Memories, sports six new original works, including some he co-wrote with master songsmith Tom Russell (Ten Cent Lemonade) and the late Louisville songwriter Tim Krekel (Backstroke Up Main St.). Fine covers of songs by Bob Dylan (Restless Farewell) and Kris Kristofferson (Pilgrim's Progress) round out the album. (9 p.m. $10. (859) 259-2754.

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