The last thing you'd expect from Bisbee indie-folk darlings Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl is a cover album. "It seems kind of cheesy," admits vocalist Amy Ross, "but we're covering songs by our friends' bands. It's not like we're doing 'Hotel California.' These are songs people keep requesting, and then they say, 'Don't you have a recording of that?'" In a month or so, they will -- and in the meantime, Amy and Derrick Ross bring their amusement-park-tempo keyboards, guitar, and dreamlike lyrics to the Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Avenue, on Saturday, April 23. Fatigo fills out the bill, along with Robin Vining, and Brodie Hubbard, who says, "I'm the dark point of the evening." The show starts at 8 p.m. with a $5, uh, cover. Call 602-256-6006 or see www.thetrunkspace.com. -- Julie Peterson
Lunch, the musical
If you've been eating at your desk all week and you're dying to ditch your cubicle before you drive a stapler into someone's ass, grab your bag and head to the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe, for Lunch Time Theater at 12:10 p.m. The series showcases one-act plays by emerging theater companies, including SCAN Originals, who will present Broadway Based on 3, opening Tuesday, April 26. The play revisits the non-musical movies that (literally) scored on Broadway, becoming beloved musicals. Admission costs $5. Bring your lunch or pre-order one for $5.50 to $6.50. Call 602-254-7399. -- Niki D'Andrea
Hoch's hip-hop theater at SCA
Thanks to Eminem and the Beastie Boys, we've gotten past the bias against white guys creating hip-hop tracks. The same can be said for hip-hop theater as well, thanks to Danny Hoch, a New York-based pioneer of the genre -- and lanky, goofy white boy -- who performs at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22. A couple years back, Hoch -- along with hip-hop theater artists Will Power, Aya de Leon and Jonzi D -- made a stop at ASU to perform selected scenes from their respective plays, with commentary on race relations, commercialism, and the state of underground hip-hop. Expect more of the same in Hoch's solo act, which combines bits and pieces of his plays Pot Melting, Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop. Tickets are $34. Call 480-994-2787. -- Joe Watson
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