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Gay Beast, Pert Near Sandstone featured in this week's City Pages

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Did y'all know that every Wednesday we take a brief respite from our blogging to put out a real, honest-to-God newspaper? One that you can pick up from a street corner newsstand to hold, flip through, and smudge up your hands with ink? Weird thought, I know, but bear with me. In this weekly bundle of papers titled City Pages, we often run features on one or two local bands, a CD review, and some show recommendations picked out just for you. Even devout readers of this blog might not see these pieces as they come out each week, so we'd like to interrupt your daily schedule of blog scanning to direct your attention to this week's print edition.

Gay Beast get ready for first European tour

By David Hansen

With a new 7" under their belt (Charm), noise rock trio Gay Beast are getting ready to embark on their first tour abroad. We sat down to interview them about their upcoming expedition.

Pert Near Sandstone, Out on a Spree

By Rick Mason

We review the latest disc from Pert Near Sandstone, our favorite local "new-timey" string band who veers into old-timey territory on their new release.

Critics' Picks

By City Pages music staff

We list our best best for shows to see this week, from Caroline Smith's CD-release show tomorrow night at the Fetus to Brad Paisley at the Xcel Center to the Snaps' CD-release at the 400 Bar.

5ingles: The Songs We Can't Escape

Ray Cummings gives his play-by-play of the top singles released this week.