Something Borrowed

Can the Valley's most spectacular blues guitarist forge his own style?

Also, on the local-CD front, Chronic Future's Beyond Music debut--remastered with two new tracks--is selling well locally with a national release planned for mid-August. In addition, the ESPN X-Games soundtrack album--which includes the Chronic Future track "Insomniac"--continues to chart impressively, at 103 on last week's Billboard album chart, after peaking at 102. It's selling an estimated 12,000 copies a week.

Who's in Town:
Ska purists can get a little overly protective of their chosen genre, but it's easy to understand the complaints of those who see the music's name being sullied by the monster successes of No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. After all, these are two bands frequently labeled as ska, when both admit that the two-tone sound is only tangential to their music.

For a more authentic rude-boy experience, you can see the Boston-based Skavoovie and the Epitones at Hollywood Alley, Wednesday, July 30. You can tell these guys are the real deal 'cause there are more people crowding into their publicity shot than in my high school class picture. They'll be supported by Spring Heeled Jack and Isaac Green and the Skalars.

The Paladins played rootsy, gutbucket Americana before it became an online-and-fanzine rage, but they're still at it and will be at Nita's Hideaway, Thursday, July 24.

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard brings his other band, Brad, into town Saturday, July 26, at Gibson's, with a free, all-ages show at Zia Record Exchange in Tempe at 6 p.m. the same day.

Also, look out for unsung blues diva Ruby Wilson, often called "the Queen of Beale Street." She can be seen and heard at Club Central on Saturday, July 26.

--Gilbert Garcia

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