ON YOUR KNEES: A lot of people ask us if there's any difference between the Weekly-sponsored Club Crawl, which occurs in the spring, and its sister event, the Fall Club Crawl, which takes place on Saturday, to which we usually answer, "Well, one's in the spring and one's in the fall. Duh."

While both feature about 100 local bands, performing at 20 or so venues and clubs in the downtown/Fourth Avenue area--all for one low, low price--there is another difference. Fall Club Crawl is also open to regional bands, while the Club Crawl is strictly local. Thus, if you're so inclined, in addition to checking out the staggeringly impressive lineup of locals slated to perform this weekend, you can also witness touring acts like the Paladins and Candye Kane, for less than the cost of what you'd pay in an average club to see only that act--a pretty sweet deal, if we do say so our own damn selves. Be sure to check out our handy guide to all things Crawl in the middle of this issue, to plot your attack.

As always, you are highly encouraged to head over to our longtime sponsor, Zia Record Exchange, to save a few bucks on the wristband that gains you entry to all participating clubs and the plethora of outdoor stages. Get 'em early and they're $7; sit on your ass and they're $10 on the night of the event. See? We really do care.

And we also care about your safety, so we urge you to drink responsibly, and not to drink at all if you're driving.

Fall Crawl begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and we hope to see you there.

BELLRAYS ARE BACK: Life around these parts has been a whole lot brighter ever since L.A.'s the BellRays added Tucson to their list of regular tour stops. Still on the road promoting this year's Raw Collection (Uppercut), a compilation of non-album singles, the band approximates what might have happened if the '60s Detroit of Motown collided head-on with the '60s/'70s Detroit of the Stooges: raw, ferocious garage rock imbued with gritty soul. Singer Lisa Kekaula is the band's main selling point, a dynamo with an amazing set of pipes that simply can't be contained.

The BellRays perform on Friday, Oct. 3 at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Flash Express open at 10:30 p.m. For more information call 798-1298.

CHEW ON THIS: Miami's Glasseater veers from chunky hardcore riffs and growling vocals to Southern Cal-style bouncy pop-punk to emo wimpiness, and that's just in "Greetings -- Goodbye," the first song on their fourth and latest album, Everything Is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down (2003, Victory). Unfortunately, the result is a muddled mess that superficially flirts with genre exercises, as opposed to streamlining everything into a cohesive whole. Sorry, guys, but inserting menacing growls into third-rate emo tunes will only win you puzzled looks, not credit for inventing a new genre.

Glasseater performs on Friday, Oct. 3, at Skrappy's, 201 E. Broadway Blvd. The show starts at 7 p.m. with opening sets from Fighting Jacks, Calibretto, Riddled With Guilt and Sevens Ending. Call 358-4287 for further details.

GO SEE GOLIGHTLY: Though she's become familiar to millions as the White Stripes' duet partner on "It's True That We Love One Another," the album-closing novelty tune from the Stripes' Elephant, Holly Golightly--surprisingly, her real name--has been releasing critically acclaimed albums for well more than a decade. The British singer/guitarist/songwriter began her musical career as a member of Thee Headcoatees, the sister band to Billy Childish's Thee Headcoats, both of which churned out intentionally ephemeral, stomping, three-chord garage rock. Since going solo, in 1995, Golightly has tempered her approach, favoring melancholic weepers, acoustic blues, country, soul, psychedelic chimers--hell, just about everything except garage rock.

Golightly will bring her eclectic array of styles to Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 4. KO & the Knockouts and the Okmoniks open the all-ages show at 9 p.m. Cover is $8. Questions? Call 884-0874 for answers.

ON THE BANDWAGON: David Wilcox is a familiar name to Tucsonans, having once headlined the Tucson Folk Festival, and he's back this week to help raise funds for next year's festival. His latest album, Into the Mystery (2003, What Are Records?), is another collection of folk-pop songs that are so achingly sincere, they sound as if they could have been recorded in a vacuum in which irony could find no purchase.

Wilcox performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Advance tickets are $14 for members of TKMA, In Concert! and KXCI, and $16 for the general public, and may be purchased at the Green Fire Bookshop, CD City, The Folk Shop, and Antigone Books or online at www.dotucson.com.

Seattle's Maktub, regular visitors to the Old Pueblo, have almost single-handedly resurrected the golden era of '60s and '70s funk and soul, and updated it with a slight dose of noise a la Bad Brains. Still touring on the strength of the re-release of their second album, Khronos (2003, Velour), the band puts on a hell of a live show.

Maktub performs at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Thursday, Oct. 2. DJ Clayton Steele opens at 9:30 p.m. Call 798-1298 for more info.

Also making an appearance at Plush this week is Mike Glabicki, frontman for world-beat jam band Rusted Root. While we have no idea what his solo work sounds like, you can rest assured the Birkenstock-and-patchouli crowd will pack the room. He'll perform on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Sunday Afternoon Trio opens at 9:30 p.m.

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