Ned Evett • Darkest Hour • Dokken 

fretless wonder

Ned Evett

Here's a list of reasons to revere Ned Evett: 1. He invented the fretless glass guitar. 2. He won the North American Rock Guitar Competition. 3. He is a genuinely nice guy, exampled here by his involvement in the Idaho Food Bank fundraiser. First a live radio broadcast from 3-7 p.m. will feature some of Evett's music, and then the fretless wonder will take the stage for the first of two sets. Evett will maneuver his way over his glass guitar neck during the benefit silent auction. Note: This event was rescheduled from its original date of November 18.

Thursday, December 2, 5--8 p.m., with auction at 7 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. PRICE ($1 off with canned food donation), The Bouquet.

back at metal makin'

Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool's story is one of rises and falls. The initial massive success the Dallas-based metal group saw with their first disc

Sinner

and the MTV-adored single "Bodies" came to a stroll when lead singer Dave "Stage" Williams was found dead of natural causes in 2002 after an Ozzfest show. At the beginning of this year, the band added new singer Jason "Gong" Jones and out came a new album,

Desensitized

. They are back on the road with party-rap-metal outfit Planet Earth.

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., $16.50, Big Easy.

swedish death metal

Darkest Hour

If you love death metal, then surely you love Swedish death metal. And if you enjoy Swedish death metal, then you will enjoy Darkest Hour--a Euro-style group that actually recorded their latest album in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the help of famous old Swedish frontrunners in the field. Originally from Washington, D.C., the dudes have been thrashing for eight years, incorporating homey themes like politics, culture and relationships. Playing with them is Between the Buried and Me, a young and insane metalcore outfit.

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., $10, The Venue.

sweaty vocals

Manishevitz

Manishevitz calls themselves "a bunch of introverts trying their hardest to make extroverted music and failing." I don't know what that means, but Manishevitz is also a Kosher Passover wine, and if they have been imbibing it, then that wacky near-liquid can surely make you think anything is reality. City Life is the smart-alecky band's third album, but it represents a beginning, a new stage as the Chicago-based musicians have evolved since the first two discs, which were primarily vocalist Adam Busch's creations. Now Busch has amassed a grand group of pros and has cut the indiscernible mumbling-singing for more vocal sweating, grunting and moaning. Opening for, and working as the backing band for, Edith Frost. For more on Frost, read the Noise Feature on page 37.

Sunday, December 5, 9 p.m., $5, Neurolux.

true art lives

Joseph Arthur

Just when we thought the invasion of the singer-songwriter might be dying down, they appear in droves and come at us from every direction. As expected, only a few can impress. Take Joseph Arthur, whose 1997 debut,

Big City Secrets

, prompted Alternative Press to claim as "one of the last true artists left in the world." Perhaps you've heard the New York-via-Akron, Ohio artist adding to the lauded Shrek soundtrack or maybe one of the tunes from his fourth album

Our Shadows Will Remain

. Discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 90s, Arthur has been steadily touring since then with artists including REM, Ben Harper and Gomez. We hope there are more Joseph Arthurs than the other guys.

Monday, December 6, 8 p.m., $8, Big Easy Bourbon Street Stage.

long-lived metal

Dokken

Oh, 80s metal, how you keep coming back! It's hard to pick just one standout band. This time, though, a highlight on Dokken. The band actually dates back to the late 1970s, when the artists originally merged. But it wasn't until the 80s that they started crafting a niche in the market. Vocalist and apparent attention hog Don Dokken captivated audiences with his dynamic stage presence, and when that was paired with guitarist George Lynch's energy, they created several super-selling albums including their first, 1983's

Breaking the Chains

--which mostly just did well in Europe, a la Hasselhoff. Later came Tooth and Nail, which, in the early days of MTV received much attention and, before the onslaught of pop idols, Dokken achieved worldwide success.

Tuesday, December 7, 8 p.m., $17.50, Big Easy.

cancelled

The Snow Patrol

The Snow Patrol concert scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, at the Big Easy has been cancelled due to the lead singer's medical condition. Tickets bought online or over the phone will automatically be refunded. Call (208) 466-TIXX for more information. :

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