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Tongues wag over the Gossip 

Also, Mama’s Cookin’ serves up all-you-can-handle improv blues.

HAVE YOU HEARD? The Gossip is coming.
  • HAVE YOU HEARD? The Gossip is coming.
It’s well known around the Arkansas music scene that two members of the Portland, Ore.-based garage-punk and soul trio the Gossip are from Searcy: Beth Ditto, a soulful Yoko Ono- or Koko Taylor-inspired vocalist, and Brace Paine, a guitarist. The Gossip, which has built a national fan base with its noisy rock and soul, will play at Vino’s Brewpub on Monday, Oct. 10. News since the band’s last visit here: Hannah Blilie has replaced Kathy Mendonca on drums. It also has a new album, “Standing in the Way of Control,” coming out early in 2006. A preview 12-inch LP dance remix of the title cut will be out next week on the band’s Kill Rock Stars label. Richmond Bread Riot opens Monday’s show at 8 p.m. Admission is $8. Mama’s Cookin’ is ready to get out of the kitchen and rattle some pots and pans at Sticky Fingerz at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The Gunnison, Colo., band consists of Zeb Early on guitar, harp and vocals; Todd Holway on keys; Steven LaBella on bass, and Mike Adamo on drums. Mama’s Cookin’ dishes out satisfying, danceable jazz-inspired improv rock and funk, some gritty Delta blues, with sides of hip-hop and a little disco. Cover is $5. B-Side from Fayetteville will jam out on Friday, Oct. 7, at Sticky Fingerz. A favorite in Northwest Arkansas, B-Side won the Best Jam/Groove band and Album of the Year at the Northwest Music Awards in 2002. Starting that show at 9:30 p.m. will be the Benjy Davis Project from Baton Rouge, La. Fueled by the strong modern rock songwriting of vocalist/guitarist Davis, the group’s style is heartfelt. The Project celebrates its Southern heritage with songs about its geographical neck of the woods: “Louisiana Saturday Night,” “Cajun Crawfish Boil” and “New Orleans.” Admission is $7. The Benjy Davis Project also will also headline at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Saturday, Oct. 8. Admission to the 10 p.m. show is $6. And the familiar faces of Dash Rip Rock, the New Orleans-based trio, will be playing at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Oct. 8. Audience participation is a big part of a show that’s on the slightly depraved and raucous side of rock, punk and country. Admission to the 9 p.m. show is $7. Metal mouths From Autumn to Ashes plays Vino’s Brewpub Thursday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 the day of show. The Chicklettes and Free Blondes (a hybrid of FreeVerse and Weakness for Blondes) will perform for a Planned Parenthood benefit at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Vino’s. Members of the Red Octopus Theater troupe will give condom demonstrations. Admission is $10.
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