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HELP FOR TERRY TRASH

We mentioned last week that our thoughts were with Terry Trash, a longtime fixture of the downtown and Fourth Avenue scene, and this week, a benefit will be thrown to aid his cause.

Trash was recently involved in a serious train accident; he is currently in the hospital and in need of medical funding. To that end, the following will offer their services in an attempt to raise money for the cause: Al Foul, Al Perry, Tom Walbank, Great American Tragedy, Fort Worth and Found Dead on the Phone. Plus, hairstylist Patti from Dapper will be cutting hair all night, with all the proceeds going to Trash.

The Texas Trash Bash goes down at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. All proceeds will be donated to Terry Trash. Admission is a $5 donation. For more information, call 622-8848.


BOOTS UPSIDE THE 'BRAIN'

Good things have been happening for local outfit Golden Boots since we last checked in with them. The band, formed by primary songwriters, singers and guitarists Dimitri Manos and Ryen Eggleston (both veterans of Galactic Federation of Love), have just released a new 10-song digital album, Burning Brain, via the folks at Pennsylvania's Park the Van Records, home to up-and-comers Dr. Dog and The Teeth.

As if that weren't good enough news, the Boots are also currently in the midst of a tour opening for the esteemed Magnolia Electric Co. , which has already taken them through the Midwest and continues into the West Coast, with a stop here this week at Club Congress.

As for Burning Brain, it's yet another fine outing from the prolific Boots, who are currently rounded out by drummer James Grip and bassist Nathan Sabatino, who owns Loveland Studio, where the album was mixed. Brain is brimming with the ramshackle charm that Golden Boots have become known for, chock full of the warped, sun-baked psychedelic mixture of rock, folk and country that made us all love them in the first place. "Cellophane" is a catchy slice of fuzzy minimalism; "Ancient Buried City" sounds like the Beatles scoring a carnival ride; and the too-brief "West Nile Isle" sounds like Dylan doing chamber pop. Best of all, Burning Brain is appealing the first time you hear it, but after a few listens, it's downright irresistible.

Catch Golden Boots opening for Magnolia Electric Co. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $6 in advance, or $7 at the door. For further details, call 622-8848.


THE ROOTS TRAIN STOPS AT THE RIALTO

For four years now, singer/songwriter Tom Russell has piled a pack of fellow performers onto a train for a traveling music festival dubbed Roots on the Rails. The train is booked with fans who travel with the musicians, but the songwriters also book gigs along the route, so they can stop and play for fans who couldn't commit to the full adventure. Next Thursday, the train stops in Tucson for a performance at the Rialto Theatre. Along with Russell, ticket-holders will be treated to sets from Dave Alvin, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen.

The Tucson stop on the Roots on the Rails tour begins at 8 p.m., next Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $24 or $29 for reserved seats on the floor, or $21 for reserved seats in the balcony. The show is open to all ages. For further information, call 740-1000.


SNOOP DOGG IN DA HOUSE

The phenomenon of Snoop Dogg is a minor miracle. The fact that he's popular with kids and rap fans is no surprise; his laid-back style, wordplay and sheer charisma have earned him near-legendary status among that demographic. But as a self-proclaimed pimp, a dude who takes his weed more seriously than most, and a porn peddler, it's somewhat shocking that most people's parents think Snoop is a swell guy.

Still, you can bet that when Snoop takes the stage at AVA this week, it'll be his fellow stoners filling the seats.

Snoop Dogg performs at AVA at Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, on Saturday, Sept. 8. Lanz opens at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at avaconcerts.com for $31- $86. Call (877) 840-0457 for more information.


DOUBLETOP DEBUT

Local quartet Doubletop will celebrate the unveiling of their debut CD, Firewater, this week at a release party. The band will take the middle slot, in between headliners Sunday Afternoon and openers Redlands, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Friday, Sept. 7. Things get underway at 9:30 p.m., and cover is $6. For more info, call 798-1298.

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