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Decent Days and Nights

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 5, 2006 2:50PM

2006_09_rawk.jpgAt this year’s Pitchfork Music Fest, Band of Horses confessed to feeling mighty jet-lagged, and it showed. Hopefully, they’ll be more energized at Metro tonight, and you won’t have to worry about getting elbowed by a hippie-with-no-rhythm like at their previous sold-out Schuba’s shows. Tuesday, Metro, 9 p.m., $16, 18+.

This week’s award for Best Band Name goes to local band Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop. That wouldn’t be enough to recommend them, but their liberal use of the Farfisa organ is. Slightly ridiculous and quirky, they're a good way to get over the mid-week hump. Wednesday, Martyrs, 8 p.m., $6.

M. Ward is an old soul. His records are replete with blues and folk throwbacks sung as if under the influence of whiskey and too many miles on the road. Rubbing elbows with famous friends like Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis has the mainstream press paying attention, while critics have been elbowing each other in the face to be the first to praise his current record Post-War. Friday, Metro, 9 p.m., $16, 18+.

It’s been almost a year since Smoking Popes reunited, and they’ve been all over the place ever since, including this year’s Lollapalooza. Sold-out shows at Metro have been a given since their return, so we figure the only reason there are still tickets available for this Empty Bottle show on Sunday is because all the aging hipsters will be too whupped from a weekend at Hideout. Sunday, Empty Bottle, 10 p.m., $15.

We’re at the Hideout Block Party every year anyway, but combining it with this year’s Touch and Go Anniversary makes it an Event-with-a-capital-E. The declining temps over the last week and reunions from Killdozer, Girls Against Boys and Scratch Acid indicate that hell has indeed frozen over. Take bets as to what time Tim Tuten’s voice gives out. Friday - Sunday, Hideout, times vary, $35 for a three-day pass, $15 for a one-day pass.

Decent Days and Nights is an ever-so-brief look at shows in the week ahead that we think are worth noting, for one reason or another. It will run each Monday (or Tuesday when it's a lazy holiday weekend). Feel free to note your own plans in comments.