Friday, September 24, 2004

Calling all Enthusiasts!

The Deceiver heads out of town this weekend, for a weekend in the Poconos and the wedding of Chris Hanson--executive assistant to the stars and Trish Krusman--maker of Cialis. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty for you lot to do while we are gone.

Alt-Country fans are going where there's no depression this weekend. We got the Drive-By Truckers at the 9:30 Club tonight, with Allison Moorer, the Tarbox Ramblers tonight and tomorrow at IOTA, with the 5 O'Clock Shadows, and the Old 97s back at 9:30 on Sunday. And if you are looking to add some dessert to this roots-rock feast, Tift Merritt will be back at IOTA on Thursday the 30th (so will the Deceiver).

Just because we're going to see a chanteuse named Tift doesn't mean we've lost any devotion for Our Favorite Band In Washington DC, Exit Clov. They are at the Black Cat on the 30th. A tipster, by the way, tells me that Emily and Susan Hsu are fans of frequenting the Common Grounds Coffee House in Clarendon, which is one of the locations you can pick up a pre-show voucher that'll get you a copy of their EP Starfish. Fans can also get their voucher at Melody Records in Dupont Circle.

Some of the names are different. Some of the names are slightly different. A couple of the names are the same. One of the names is Chris Cooley. But no matter. Monday Night Football is here with the MOTHER of all rivalries: Washington versus Dallas, here in historic Raljon, Maryland, at the Jack, where men are men, Hogs are Dirtbags, and pedestrians will be detained on sight. The best offense in the NFL (Dallas) goes up against the best defense in the NFL (Washington). Yes. That's true. It's only been two weeks, but I can say that, dammit, so I will. Dallas is a Gibbsian double-nemesis, as they are coached by Bill Parcells, who frequently bedeviled the younger Gibbs. Fans should take note--if we can't get up for THIS game, it's gonna be a long season.

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