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This week: Andy Matchett and the Minks

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I’ve been listening the hell out of some Nick Cave in the last few months, especially 2003’s Nocturama and the Grinderman records. He plays the domesticated carnivore with such class and tense vulnerability that I can’t help but wonder what it might be like at his dinner table on an average Tuesday night. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, I seem to be listening to a lot of family men who like to sing about wolves recently: David Bazan, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Warren Zevon. (I should probably talk that over with someone.) Anyhow, Patrick [O’Neal, the Minks’ drummer] put together a pretty sweet Motown channel on Pandora for our last trip out of town, and I was amazed at how much I had taken it all for granted. I’ve been listening to those songs at weddings and company parties since I was in the damn womb, but for some reason never fully appreciated them from a songwriting standpoint. It’s not every day you find yourself moved for the first time by lyrics you’ve known for over 20 years, but it happened to me several times in those four hours. Seriously, when was the last time you actually listened to the lyrics to “When a Man Loves a Woman” instead of remembering a cheesy moment from some terrible rom-com? A lot of things become clichéd because they’re just better than everything else.”

(Rockers Andy Matchett & the Minks headline at Will’s Pub Thursday, Oct. 6 with the Beavilles, Only Thieves and Dirty Names. Admission is $5. The Minks’ latest album,The Apple Tree Circle, is available for $7 digital download or $10 limited edition CD at

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