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The Ben Folds Five: The piano-bass-drums trio from Chapel Hill, North Carolina--so named because "it sounds better than the Ben Folds Three," says baby-grand man Folds--plows a deep furrow about midway between roots and alt. In fact, the BFF sounds a bit like a Gen X version of the Band with its wonderfully mangy, occasionally transcendent stuff. See the story on page 93. Be sure to request the Five's twangy, tongue-in-cheek take on Oasis' "Champagne Supernova." The group performs at 8 p.m. Monday, February 9, at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Tickets, available at Ticketmaster, are $15. 784-4444, 894-0533.

february 10
Waddie Mitchell: Says the "Buckaroo Poet" Mitchell: "We didn't have electricity and that meant we didn't have TV. We had darn poor radio too. So that meant we did the strangest things at night . . . we talked to each other." The cowboy raconteur, who has toured internationally and been given the coveted title of "cowboy poetry kingpin" by Country American, yarns away the evening at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $13 and $15. 965-5377 (Kerr), 503-5555 (Dillard's).

february 11
The Pat Metheny Group: The veteran gentle-jazz strummer and his posse, touring behind their Warner Bros. release Imaginary Day, perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, at Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren. Tickets are $26 and $31. 253-7100 (UH), 503-5555 (Dillard's).

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