Eric Hutchinson, Nov. 11, The Venue 

By the time VH1 is done promoting a band or musician as part of its "You Oughta Know: Artists on the Rise" campaign, regular watchers of the channel do know whoever is being touted. Regular commercials and video rotation offer folks a chance to hear and be completely turned on to a new act—or irritated by inundation and completely turned off. In the case of Eric Hutchinson and his debut release, Sounds Like This (on which, according to the liner notes, he worked for five years), it's hard not to be drawn to his infectious pop-soul sound and a bit impressed by his lyrical and instrumental range. He not only performs vocals, but also plays piano, acoustic guitar, keyboards, Moog bass and percussion. The single "Rock and Roll" has received plenty of airplay and has made its home on a number of charts, but the CD as a whole makes the case for listening to a CD as a whole. "It Hasn't Been Long Enough" is a sax-happy track with a James Morrison "You Give Me Something" build-up. "Food Chain" is a peppy piece of piano, hand claps and tambourine that's tough not to sing along with. I'm guessing some of the charisma in the music translates beautifully to the stage, and seeing Hutchinson live is probably a sweet treat.

Friday, Nov. 11, with Charlotte Sometimes, Matt Hires and The Very Most, 6:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. The Venue, 521 Broad St., myspace.com/boisevenue.

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