Keller Williams is a unique artist, a multi-instrumentalist whose body can produce sounds reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin, a guitar virtuoso, a performer who can create a wall of sound on stage even though he's all by himself.

• It might get getting chilly these fine fall nights, but my pick of the week is sunny-hot with the return of the Fun Lovin' Criminals and the band's new Welcome to Poppy's album, due next week on the DiFontaine/Sanctuary Records imprint.

I first caught Pocket Dwellers live at Hornucopia 2002. I was immediately taken by the band's musicianship, cohesiveness, originality, and of tons of energy - each of which was unrivaled by any band there, and touring favorites Liquid Soul headlined, if that helps make my point.

• It's a family affair this week with my sweet-as-sugar CD pick, Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle Volume I by the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a trio of husband, wife, and nine-year-old daughter that seems best fitted to tour in some sort of Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang flying coach crusted in jewels and tassels.

The two Quad Cities-based bands providing musical accompaniment to WQPT's Brew Ha Ha in LeClaire Park on Saturday have both released new discs recently, and they're worthy efforts that suggest there will be plenty of great American music to help the beer go down.

• With the mountain of new releases this coming week, it's hard to pick a single favorite, so I offer up two albums that I simply can't pry from my stereo. Old-school legends Jack Grisham and TSOL are back with Divided We Stand on the Nitro Records imprint, a rich, melodic pop-punk masterpiece.

On Monday, the Recording Industry Association of America filed copyright-infringement lawsuits against 261 people for sharing electronic music files over the Internet.

The association, or RIAA, has cited electronic piracy as a major cause of plummeting CD sales.

Rupi's Dance, Ian Anderson's fourth solo album, is an exuberant, intelligent work. Anderson's flute playing is lively and melodic, and his voice seems to have shed 20 years. Although the music is complex, it seamlessly combines elements of Irish, Indian, jazz, and classical music.

• This Tuesday brings the anticipated release of Go Tell It on the Mountain, the first holiday- themed album from the acclaimed Blind Boys of Alabama. The Real Word Records release boasts a wide range of guests, with highlights including Aaron Neville on "Joy To the World," Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention on "In the Bleak Midwinter," Funkadelic's George Clinton on "Away In a Manger," and Tom Waits on the title track.

The Pimps, Chett, and Skintight at Lumpy’s, Friday, August 15
Soundchecking with a hysterical snippet of Skid Row, post-metal fusion quartet Skintight is unabashedly headbanging in its stance and stride.

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