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          Meanwhile, fans of post-Leonard Cohen outfits like Tindersticks and The Harvest Ministers are likely to fall hard for Lullaby for the Working Class, who conjure sumptuous high drama from familiar middle-to-low life. Vocalist Ted Stevens may be the group's heart, but multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis is its soul, decorating the group's poignant melodies with banjo and mandolin and making a convincing argument for the glockenspiel as a overlooked pop instrument. Their Blanket Warm (Bar/None) is one of the year's more unclassifiable pop sleepers. Darling plays the middle set Sunday. ($6. 9 p.m. 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; 338-8388.)

          Finally, you have more than one chance to catch an impromptu set by impressive singer/songwriter rookie Leah Andreone this week. She'll play a gig Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Loring Bar, 162 Harmon Pl., Mpls., and two on Saturday--at
12:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.--at the Purple Onion in Dinkytown, 326 14th Ave. S.E. All shows are free, so tip your servers, please. (Will Hermes)


          TRICK OR TREATING usually gets done early, leaving plenty of time for a pretty good menu of Halloween music gigs. And we're not talking about Hootie and the Blowfish at the Target Center, though that may be some folks' idea of terror. For starters, the Front celebrates one night early on October 30, with a special edition of Freeloaded with Fresh Squeez and Bonus Juice. What that means is nearly 20 costumed guitarists, horn players, rhythmists, rhymers, and DJs will trade off and improvise--something that goes down every Wednesday at The Front, but this one should be the grandpappy of 'em all. ($2, free with costume. 9 p.m. 15 N.E. Fourth St., Mpls.; call 378-5115.)

          On All Souls' Eve itself, dare to witness Impaler at 7th Street Entry. You may remember this schlocky, gory metal band from their '80s album produced by Bob Mould. This year they've made new waves with Undead Things, whose cover art has upset a few local retailers. It's just a photo of a big dead guy with a pagan symbol carved deeply into his torso--what's the big deal? If anybody needs to roam the earth on this night, it's these ghouls. The unstoppable, offensive Quincy Punx also play, as do Gash and Hall'N Ass. ($5. 8 p.m.; call 338-8388).

          You can't go wrong with Detroit's furiously frightening theatrics at the 400 Bar (400 Cedar Ave. Mpls.;call 332-2903for more info). They've moved from Wednesday to Thursday for this week only; MMF opens at 9:30 p.m... Saucer, Deformo, and "spooky friends" will take over the Turf Club; listen for the Saucer lyric, "Just because you're a ghost, doesn't mean you have to haunt me." ($2, free with costume. 10 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 647-0486)... Finally, Cindy Lawson brings her band Whoops Kitty to the Bryant-Lake Bowl, with a new self-titled CD in tow (call 825-8949). (Groebner)


          LOCAL ROCK'S SEASON of Change has carried on into the fall, punctuated this month by the sudden breakup of Guzzard. The trio--brothers Tom and Pete Beeman and David Paul--agreed last week to bow out of the rising financial pressures of touring the underground. Since the ultratight, political-yet-moody band first broke out in '92, Guzzard has been a slap in the face to both commercial punk and the convoluted art-core scene. They appeared on CP's cover in January '93, topped our annual New Music Poll later that year, and have since made three popular albums for Amphetamine Reptile, inspiring a legion of young fans and imitators. The split comes on the heels of the release of their brooding masterwork, the alienation index survey. A farewell show is not planned.

          "I'm pretty devastated--I really believed this was their best record in every regard," said AmRep promoter Pat Dwyer over the phone last week. "They were finally crawling out of the punk rock pigeonhole that they never really fit into anyway." Hats off to AmRep for nurturing Guzzard in the first place--five years and three albums, after all, is more than most bands can achieve. And we trust the Beeman boys and D.P., individually, won't be strangers. You can only quell a righteous noise for so long. (Groebner)

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