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Third time the charm for Paid in Spades with Doyle

Two thirds of Paid in Spades slipped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of the radio show. These cats are excited as they prepare for their third time opening for the headlining for Doyle, featuring Doyle von Frankenstein of the seminal punk band The Misfits. This one's extra special, though, because it's being held Tuesday night at the legendary Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. 

"This is going to be a big deal, I think," said singer/bassist Francis (Frankie Furious) Balliet. "I mean, this is a living legend: it's Doyle from The Misfits!"

Balliet was joined by drummer Chris (Stacey Stixxx) Johanning to spread the cheer and word about the band on the show. Guitarist Dusty Hatter may have been lurking inside the suit of the unknown stormtrooper. No matter, he was there in spirit.

The band is still soaking in that its take on a Christmas classic, "Punk Rudolph" has been in heavy rotation on Magic 95.3 FM during its committed Christmas playlist. For good measure, it played again on the show. Look for an original Christmas song from the gang during the upcoming Before Christmas Christmas Special to air Dec. 20 and the After Christmas Christmas Special on Dec. 27.

Opening up things Tuesday night, The Cutthroat Bastards will get things going. The lineup features Ricky Warren and Brandyn Garcia said he's slated to join on guitar duties. The pair are known for their work in another local legend, Day of the Sick.  Here's some breaking news: "We’re gonna do some Day of the Sick material," Garcia said.

Balliet said tickets are nearing sold out but you can contact his band, the other bands or slip by the Railhead and inquire. Cost is $13. Doors open at 7 p.m. with Cutthroat Bastards taking the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by Paid in Spades and then the headliner. You'll get highlights aplenty with next week's column!

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Fulfilling his promise to bring something cool back to his hometown, after winning on his episode of "Fear Factor" earlier this year, 2014 Lawton High grad Jordan Cox and best friend Hunter Hadley are living the dream Saturday night.

The Shady 580 Fest will be a local hip hop lover's delight. Featuring: Shawn B., Zay, BSM, Young Trappy, Shwaymo, Hadley, YSOFLEFF, C4, Yung Timtation and the night's special guest, Hoodie Mitch. Dabid Music will provide the sounds. Show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Great Plains Coliseum Annex Building, 920 S. Sheridan. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10. Alcohol sales available for those 21-and-up. Security will be "strictly enforced" and a metal detector will be at the entrance. The show is partnered with KHMZ 99.7 FM.

"Our goal is to bring the local community together and, hopefully, this will be the first of many," Cox said. "We're really expecting a large turn out."

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The fortunate columnist received an advance listen to the newest release from the legendary Neil Young. The epic 22-song album features a live acoustic set from 1976 called "Songs For Judy." Available on vinyl today, if ever there was a modern album aching for the warm sound of needle into groove, it would be this collection. There are no disappointments.

With "Too Far Gone," Young can never go far enough with his fingerpicking and plaintive vocals. His performance of "Heart of Gold" captures the icon in his prime glory. "After the Gold Rush" is as rich as ever heard with its determined piano key pounding.

The canonical harmonica/acoustic guitar intro to "Love is a Rose" conjures the beauty of its subject. The soul of "A Man Needs a Maid" resonates with the organ opening. "Roll Another Number" is one of those greats from Young's catalog you don't hear often enough. 

A treat of this album is the inclusion of songs from Young's time in Buffalo Springfield. From "Mr. Soul" to "The Losing End" each fills with new life. The closing trilogy provides a perfect capstone to this moment in the godfather of grunge's acoustic mastery. "The Needle and the Damage Done" flows perfectly into the sans Crazy Horse rendition of "Pocahontas." Closing with "Sugar Mountain," this collections closes a collective sugar high of sweet, sweet music from a legend. 

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The Paid in Spades boys made for a fun edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. I think I'm as stoked for their Tuesday show with Doyle as they are. Big things await this power trio.

A special visit by the Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus led to my favorite thing this year. You'll be hearing it a lot ... a lot:

Jokey gave seasonal health advice with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“You catch it during winter.”

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