July 14, 2010 12:00

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BOB LOG III WANTS CONSENTING (FEMALE) ADULTS TO STIR HIS SCOTCH

Of enigmatic one-man band Bob Log III, Tom Waits once had this to say: “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest, strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying.” It takes a hell of a player to coax that kind of comment from Waits, and that’s exactly what Bob Log III is. He’s blessed with a wicked slide hand and insanely powerful drumming legs, which is fortunate because he needs them when he has women sitting on his knees during shows. If it weren’t for the fighter-pilot helmet and suit he wears onstage, that might be the first thing you notice about him. Or maybe it’s the bare-breasted woman on his lap with a nipple dipped in his beverage. Yes, there is a gimmick to a song called “Boob Scotch.” Who knew? Bob Log will play a free show at Club Artistika at 9 p.m. on Thursday in a night presented by WUAG, with the Old One-Two and Molly Gene the “One Whoa Man Band” in support.

ALTERNATIVE VENUES HIGHLIGHT WEEK TWO OF EMFFRINGE

Ever been to Burlington for a concert? Me neither. We’ll all have our chance when the soulful stylings of Seth Walker grace the historic, yet underutilized Paramount Theatre in the heart of downtown. The Alamance County native moved to Austin, Texas 15 years ago to find his artistic niche and eventually arrived at becoming the kind of player that would leave Delbert McClinton to say that he hasn’t been as impressed in the last 30 years as he was when he saw Walker in a tiny Nashville bar. Another interesting spot, the Grove Winery in Gibsonville, will play host to Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ frontman Kevin Kinney. Not much else can be said about the exuberantly fun Kinney, but he’s a little more hard-rocking in his current incarnation than we was with his captivating Sun-Tangled Angel Revival. Tickets for Walker are $17 and his show takes place on Thursday at 8 p.m., while tickets for Kinney are $17 and his show is at 7 p.m. on Friday.

CLOSE UP THAT MISSING PERSON’S FILE

Remember when a large contingent of Widespread Panic fans spoiled by the Golden Era of Michael Houser were screaming for the head of replacement guitarist George McConnell? After a short but sweet honeymoon, there was a good three years’ worth of “His ‘Hatfield’ solo sounds too grungy,” “Why’s he standing up when he plays? Mikey never did.” or, “How come his hair isn’t covering his face?” Well, they got what they wanted in 2006 when Jimmy Herring was announced as the new lead guitarist, which frankly would be a step up for any band. So whatever happened to McConnell? While many of his detractors could give a damn, McConnell is out touring with his new backing band, the Nonchalants, and will hit the Pour House in Raleigh to play the Gov’t Mule after-party on Friday. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and the show starts at 10 p.m.

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