Tonight: Langhorne Slim at Neumos, Chatham County Line at the Tractor

Langhorne Slim, with Palmer Electric, Red Jacket Mine. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $12. A man moves to New York City under a pseudonym. A legend grows around his swirling bourbon, ever-present cigarette and way with the ladies. He oozes the kind of magnetic charisma for which the phrase "charm your pants off" was invented. He's one debonair mystery and wears the hell out of a hat. You probably assume I'm referring to Mad Men's Don Draper. But the above also pertains to soulful folkster Langhorne Slim, whose live performance is so compelling, engaging, and infectious it tends to overshadow his perfectly pleasing records. In a world where inverted indie rockers' social skills make Napoleon Dynamite seem Rico Suave, we should all have such problems. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Click to download "I Love You, But Goodbye" by Langhorne Slim from last year's Be Set Free

Chatham County Line, with The Black Lillies, Sam Quinn of The Everybodyfields. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $8. Is Chatham County Line a seasoned, flawless bluegrass band from North Carolina? Or are they a major league baseball team? All evidence points to the latter, even though the real answer is the former. While in the State of Washington, they'll play a de facto four-game series in three days, beginning with a Wednesday night gig at the Tractor Tavern and culminating with a Friday night gig at the Green Frog in Bellingham (their "getaway game" will be played at noon that day near the South Lake Union Discovery Center). Whereas Deadheads typically needed an operational VW bus to get from gig to gig, all Chatham County Line fans seem to require is a ten-speed. MIKE SEELY

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