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David Vandervelde 

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As with blind dogs and bones, even hack musicians occasionally stumble on a hot track. A better measure of an artist lies on the B-side: It's the single's wingman, after all, there only for moral support; the tacked-on sidecar song that doesn't have to try. Here is where David Vandervelde shines. The 27-year-old Michigan native and itinerant multi-instrumentalist is a throwback in more than musical terms, time-releasing his last six songs over three digital platters via that antebellum relic of the pre-mp3 era, the 7-inch. Their titular headliners — May's "More Than You Can Feel" and 2010's "Checkin' Out My Baby" and "Learn How to Hang" — are a proper primer for Vandervelde's timeless catalog, prancing through Wings-singed classic rock, T. Rex arena-glam tail chasing and slithering '70s guitar-pop groove, respectively. But their companions might be more at home in the AM-radio glow emitted from his last full-length album, 2008's Waiting for the Sunrise (Secretly Canadian). "Wave Country" rides a locomotive chug into a multi-tracked, harmonized choral bend; "Fancy Friends" says adieu to bourgeois buds with a Wilco-like piano, synths and bells jaunt; and "Beer" bids farewell to the late Wilco guitarist and frequent collaborator Jay Bennett in the fondest way possible, with a bottoms-up alcoholic ode, hung over, head hurting and counting empty cans instead of sheep to sleep. Caddywhompus and Carter Tanton (ex-Tulsa) open. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Oct. 15

David Vandervelde with Caddywhompus and Carter Tanton

10 p.m. Friday

Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St., 304-4714;


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