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The first time you hear Green, you go nuts searching your record collection for the various Hollies, Faces, Kinks, Bowie, and Pretty Things songs they've covered--you're positive they're covers. But it turns out theyre just the obsessive pop-meistery musings of Green chief Jeff Lescher, a genuinely weird singer-songwriter-guitarist whose keening vocals and dizzy guitars dominate the sound. Elaine MacKenzie, the threesome's last record, is a bizarre demi-masterpiece of romantic plaints cast amid Lescher's tempestuous singing and the band's tight arrangements. The band's new material--to be released next year under the name White Soul--is more of the same, and even more ambitious. The show tonight will be the last for bassist Ken Kurson, who contributes the wild and nutty "My Sister Jane." The Service is an ebullient foursome fronted by one Rick Mosher, a frequently serious songwriter; the band is frequently fantastic live. The Slugs boast Dag Juhlin, a real good singer and writer whose talents may prove to be formidable; Non-Stop Holiday, the band's first album, has half-a-dozen first-rate songs on it, including "When the News Came Down," a rollicking, ultimately explosive song about being sad. Tonight, 11 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.

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