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April 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

The great white wail

What would Herman Melville think of the music of Moby? More important, what would Melville think of his great-great-grand nephew naming himself after the great white whale in his classic novel - that creature fraught with Christ/father/male fallibility/pubic envy symbolism so grandiose and open-ended that after a year as a literary major at any "U," one can barely follow the basic, solid storyline of the actual book - instead of one of the "major" characters, like Ishmael or Captain Ahab?

Is it simply because Richard Melville Hall, a.k.a. Moby, is just more fascinated with whales than he is people, to the point where he even briefly filled in as lead singer for '70s punk band Flipper, i.e., referencing another whale body part? (Although seals and fish have flippers, too. And then there's the '60s TV star dolphin by the same name.)

- Su April 24, 7 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.
$30. 338-8388, www.first-avenue.com.

Iron man

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam has a beard like the one my husband is always teasing our son that he will someday grow: a big, bushy thing that looks like something a Civil War general would proudly sport while marching down the ranks of troops; a flagrant display loudly proclaiming that unlike his unwashed subordinates, he doesn't have to shave close to his skin to be lice- and tick-free. Musically, Beam sounds nothing like a Civil War veteran, unless that veteran could sing in a languorous rumble that could break your heart with a well-placed word or in a high-pitched wail that sounds absolutely heartbroken and beautiful.

- F April 22, 6 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.
$15. 338-8388, www.first-avenue.com.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.