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Some guitarists are bigger than others

We all know that Morrissey fans are a highly committed bunch, so they probably don’t need me to tell them that Boz Boorer has been The Magnificent Morose One’s guitarist and musical right-hand man (his latter-day Johnny Marr, if you must) since 1991. Along the way, Boorer has co-written tons of tunes with Moz himself, including my personal favorite: “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get.”

One of the most versatile session players in England (the man plays penny whistle, for the love of Pete!), Boorer has lent his skills to tracks by Joan Armatrading, the late, great Kirsty MacColl, Edwyn Collins, and Adam Ant, among others. He’s also a full-blooded British rockabilly, with pompadoured roots in the early ’80s “no we’re not the Stray Cats, but thanks for the confusion” band, the Polecats. Morrissey fans already know this, but Boorer will grace the stage at Sam’s Burger Joint on Friday, November 18, along with Girl In a Coma, Sick City Daggers, and the Offbeats. Showtime is 8:30 and the show is all-ages. Cover is $10. ...

Ultra-cool record shop 180 Grams will host a CD release show from local hip-hop collective Lotus Tribe. The six-song EP includes the moody, string-laden opner “Closure.” The CD release show will include dinner and a drink for $10. It runs from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, November 20. Tickets are available at 180 Grams, located at 2120 San Pedro. ...

Finally, The EDGE Magazine is christening its new two-CD compilation of Texas bands with five release shows in a span of nine days. Three of the shows are in San Antonio, including a Thursday November 17 blowout at Sam’s Burger Joint with When Words Attack (formerly Scary Manilow), Deejer, The Calbakes, and Structure. On Saturday, November 19, the White Rabbit hosts a long, two-stage event with a whopping 14 bands. Brevity precludes us from mentioning all of them, but the headliners are Curse the Form and Dism. Showtime is 7:10 p.m.

Compiled by Gilbert Garcia

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