Ned Evett's Not Afraid Of You, He's Afraid 4 U 

Just a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 15, the Linen Building will reverberate with the rockin' guitar stylings of local fretless master Ned Evett and his band, Triple Double, as they celebrate the release of Evett's new album, Afraid 4 U, and a big tour with Joe Satriani. To show appreciation for the people who go to the show, Evett will have copies of Afraid 4 U--which doesn't hit stores until October--for $10 at the show. Show time is 8 p.m., all ages are welcome and cost is $10. Visit nedevett.com for info.

For you comedy fans, here's a bit of great news. Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection (Rykodisc) was released on Sept. 14.

Bill Hicks was a Georgia-born oral artist who combined wit, intelligence and a no-fear approach to produce some of the bluest, most hilarious comedy ever. He died of cancer in 1994 and left behind a legacy that no comic yet has been able to top. This new two-CD/two-DVD set contains exclusive material gathered from the late comic's family and includes grainy footage of Hicks from as far back as 1981. The liner notes written by Henry Rollins, Eric Bogosian, Paul Outhwaite and Clive Anderson. The box set also comes with a download card for an album of Hicks' music. Visit rykodisc.com or billhicks.com for more information.

Do you ever wish that the V in MTV still stood for Videos and not Vapid Spoiled Orange Kids and Very Quickly Aging Ex Rock Stars? Occasionally, you can still see a high-quality music video (I'm thinking of Jason Sievers' work here) and be reminded of how much that complements the music experience. Or you can be in a video and shake whatcho maker gave you. Local hip-hop duo Pleasantville Killerz have returned home from a six-state tour, and on Saturday, Sept. 18, they are going to celebrate with a show and a video shoot. Several performers--including P-Dirt, Souljah Thugs, Public Intox, The Congregation and more--will take the stage. The show starts at 8 p.m. and $6 gets you in the door and a shot at being the next hip-hop video hoochie mama or man.

After 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, each time the door opens at Liquid, reggae refrains and a Chuck E. Cheese kind of cacophony will likely pour out. Solid's life-partner celebrates its second birthday with performances from Voice of Reason and Candread and the Rizing Rezistance (see these guys if you haven't already). Owner Jeremy Aevermann wants to make sure you have as much fun at his party as he does, so this 21-and-older-only throwdown is free to get into and will include drink specials, games, prizes and, according to the poster, "fun." Can we bring anything? Visit liquidboise.com for more information.

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