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The second annual Cave Creek Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course. Shows begin at 10 a.m. each day.

Saturday Night Special: Valley pop fans are in for a head-spinning treat this Saturday as a pair of SoCal's finest make their way into town.

Over the course of three near-perfect platters of Raspberries/Costello/XTC-styled noise for Big Deal records, Reseda's Cockeyed Ghost has somehow managed to stay underneath the radar. The group also owns the dubious distinction of releasing 1999's most overlooked record, The Scapegoat Factory, an intensely personal collection of songs full of the kind of tortured pop anguish Alex Chilton perfected on Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers.

Band leader Adam Marsland will work his way across the Valley this weekend as part of his "One Man, One Car, One Guitar Tour," a two-month cross-country jaunt during which he'll play nearly 30 solo shows. He'll pull double-duty this Saturday, October 21, performing a free 2 p.m. set at the Coffee Plantation in Tempe with the Scones, then heading to the Arizona Roadhouse, where he'll appear with the Scones and the Pennydrops. Cover is $5.

That same evening, L.A.'s the Excessories -- a female-fronted bubblegum quartet, featuring former members of Redd Kross, the Shakes and Tommyknockers -- makes its way to the Hollywood Alley to perform with the Sonic Thrills and the Peeps. Showtime is 9 p.m.

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Bob Mehr
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