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Gross Out: Local troubadour David Grossman is touting the debut of his umpteenth disc this week. The prolific singer-songwriter unveils his latest, titled Bars, with an album release celebration on Sunday.
The cleverly conceptualized collection is broken down into two categories: "In Bars" and "Behind Bars." The first batch of tracks are live tunes recorded at various locations in the Valley -- including Grossman's unofficial home base Joe's Grotto -- while the second half of the disc consists of cheeky prison fare like "The Warden Is a Woman" and "Guitar String Tattoo." Grossman and his band The Limit take the stage at Alice Cooper'stown along with One Foot in the Grave and Hamlet's Mill on August 26. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Slims Style: Tempe's Slims, who released one CD during their lifetime -- 1995's Slow Road to Hell -- before fading into local music memory, have decided to re-form somewhat unexpectedly this weekend for a one-off performance at Long Wong's in Tempe.
Participating in the gig are guitarist Greg Simmons, who's remained the most active local presence, leading his own pop-flavored quartet the Royal Normans, as well as playing in the roots-rock outfit Los Guys.
Slims singer Connie Maverick — once memorably described in these very pages as "a little bit Rickie Lee Jones, a little bit Eddie Vedder on estrogen-replacement therapy" — who moved to California in the late '90s, will be out front leading the group through a nostalgic set of crowd favorites. The Slims are scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 25, at Long Wong’s, with the Nitpickers. Showtime is 9 p.m.