Mark Pickerels latest record, Codys Dream, sounds like Bauhaus gone country. And that aint a bad thing. Theres a reason Gothic countrys popular with the indie rock crowdit invokes the angst of 80s punk, with all the upbeat instrumental twang thats made country music so darn endearing to all the young urbanites who cut their teeth on bands like Nirvana and L7. But most people know Mark Pickerel, thanks to his stint in the Screaming Trees; his opener, the Jon Rauhouse Quartet, is a different story. Though you might not recognize the name, Rauhouse (pictured) is a renowned multi-instrumentalist who regularly contributes his talents on pedal steel guitar (not to mention banjo, if memory serves) to studio and live recordings for popular country musicians like the Grievous Angels and Neko Case. But hes also made a few recordings of his own; his latest, 2007s Steel Guitar Heart Attack, demonstrates the chops that earned him a spot in Neko Cases touring band (one hes held onto for several years now). Heres hoping this tour earns Rauhouse a little bit of well-deserved name recognition.
Sun., Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2008