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November 5, 2002 // UPDATED 1:33 pm - April 30, 2007
By: rsday

With his first solo release, \"Young Criminals\' Starvation

League,\" Bobby Bare Jr. puts aside the punk-infused

Southern rock of his band, Bare Jr., to prove himself a

songwriter\'s songwriter. Indeed, the album\'s 11 strippeddown,

country-edged tracks prove he\'s nothing less. Bare

not only grew up the son of a Nashville legend (Bobby

Bare Sr., in case you\'re slow to the uptake), but he\'s got

enough spark to live up to dad and dad\'s friends (who

include the likes of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and

Shel Silverstein).

Thursday, November 21. 9 p.m. $7, 400 Bar, 400 Cedar Ave. S. 332-2903.

- B i l l S n y d e r

The Spitfire Grill


A musical theatrical version of the 1996 movie tells the

story of Percy, a young girl fresh out of prison. She

chooses to make a new life for herself in a small town in

Wisconsin, one that she saw once in a magazine. Of

course, like in most small towns, the unfamiliar is rejected

until Percy takes a job at the Spitfire Grill. There, her

infectious spirit has an effect on the whole town. The

play has new songs written by James Valcq and Fred

Alley, and it\'s an uplifting way to ease yourself into the

holiday season.

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 14-17, thru Nov. 30, Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. $20-23. 343-3390.

- J o d i R . B r ewe r



For nine years, this Duluth-based trio has redefined the

musical meaning of \"stripped down,\" and they show no

signs of stopping. The recently released \"Trust\" shows

just how one band can be quiet, slow, and forcefully rocking,

all at the same time. Imagine the Velvet Underground

covering the Beach Boys on a sleepy Sunday, or possibly

a Jesus and Mary Chain installment of MTV\'s

\"Unplugged.\" Get the idea? Michael Yonkers opens.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. $15. Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. Ticketmaster:


- B i l l S n y d e r