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THOMAS EDISON HAD NOTHING ON THIS AC/DC PROPAGANDA

I’m planning a documentary called The Boy Who Cried ‘Farewell Tour!’, which will be about aging rock band bands who repeatedly threaten to hang it up for the sole purpose of squeezing every last dollar out of their fanbases. I’m also planning a documentary called The Boy Who Cried ‘Last Day for Free Shipping!!!!!’, but that’s going to be about Land’s End Clothing Company. Right about now, a few local radio stations are doing their best Joseph Goebbels imitation and talking a lot of baloney about how AC/ DC (www.acdc.com) is considering hanging it up after their current tour, but I’m here to say “don’t buy it.” Their last album sold a bazillion copies, so “Hell’s Bells” will keep ringing as long as Angus Young can put his knickers on by himself, though he is looking a bit Crypt Keeper-ish these days.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be making their first Greensboro appearance in eight years, which oddly enough coincides with their first album in eight years, at the Greensboro Coliseum this Sunday. Beer sales for this one should be through the roof, not because AC/DC fans are a hard-drinking bunch, but because they’ll be driven to inebriation by the epically-horrible opening act the Answer (www.myspace.com/theanswerrock). Check them out for a minute, then drink to forget. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $45.

MOVE ASIDE AND LET THE MAN ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS

The first song I ever learned to play on guitar was a little ditty by the nowdefunct jazz punks Soul Coughing called “Circles.” For a band notorious for their rather complex, yet extremely funky catalog, it was a pretty easy piece to learn. That was a good thing, because I still suck at guitar by most standards. Soul Coughing front man and art-rock icon Mike Doughty (www.mikedoughty.com) will perform at the Carrboro Arts Center this Tuesday, Oct. 20 with a special acoustic performance called “The Question Jar Show” alongside cellist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. The concept is simple: Doughty puts a jar in front of the stage, fans put any question about anything they can possibly muster within and they get answered during the show. Anything, no matter how silly or obscure, is fair game. His music is fantastic, but Doughty is one of those guys whose stage banter is worth the price of admission alone, so expect great things. Porter Block opens at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $18.

THIS HAS ‘BAD IDEA’ WRITTEN ALL OVER IT

What’s funnier than a bunch of dudes standing around slapping each other senseless? How about crapping out the side of a cargo van? Maybe crotch-planting on a railing? Film it all with a fish-eye lens and you have all the makings of High Comedy. CKY (www.myspace.com/cky) is known more for its Boneheaded Stunts and Pranks division than its advancements in metal music, but wanna-be skaters everywhere have also permanently disfigured themselves to the percussive throttling of Jess Margera and the throaty caterwauling of Deron Miller since the brand came into being. Sure, they were simply knuckle-dragging skate metal over the first few albums, but the farther they’ve drifted from Bam Margera, the more experimental their music has become. Ignore the cheesy concept behind their new album Carver City and you’ll find the kind of mooged-out synth that put the “stoner” in stoner rock. You can catch them at Greene Street Club next Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. with Karma to Burn (www.myspace.com/karmatoburn) and the Five L’s (www. myspace.com/thefivels). Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door.

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