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Last but Not Least
At least modern-Rock acts have a prayer of getting a few spins; many of this week's most intriguing shows feature artists who have nowhere to turn for salvation on the dial. Kid Koala once took advantage of early-a.m. MTV play on the electronica showcase Amp with a mind-warping video for his tune "Fender Bender." Now that such resources aren't available, he builds his reputation by participating in supergroups such as Gorillaz and Deltron 3030. His new group, Bullfrog, puts on a funky, all-the-way-live show with plenty of groove-oriented instrumentation at the Bottleneck on Thursday, February 28. Local firebrand As Memphis Burns specializes in extreme scream-powered metal that's as coldly precise and sharply unnerving as a coroner's tools; it is to Flaw and One Side Zero what director Peter Jackson's gore-splattered Dead Alive is to his creepy yet cuddly The Frighteners (Davey's, Friday, March 1). And Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys and Richmond Fontaine (Davey's, Wednesday, March 6) play genuine, heartbreaking country, the kind that Nashville bad-taste-makers decided went out of fashion decades ago.