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Twangin' Again 

The Cowslingers saddle up for a reunion

By Jeff NieselThe Cowslingers (myspace.com/cowslingers) first got together more than two decades ago almost by accident. Frontman Greg Miller was at a concert by the Kent band the Walking Clampetts at the old Peabody's, where he ran into bassist Tony Primiano, who was looking for a singer. The rest is cowpunk history. "If he had asked me to be in an astronaut-training program, I would have been like, 'Oh, sure,'" recalls Miller. "It was my goal to play live once, and then it was to play out of town once, and it just went from there." The band released nine terrific albums, won countless local music awards (sometimes in the "punk" category, sometimes in the "country" category), and established a nationwide rep as a group of roots-rock weirdos with the musical chops to back up their shtick. It all came to a halt a couple of years ago, when members couldn't commit to any more touring. "We are all still friends, and if there's a chance to do a show, and if we feel anyone might be interested, we'll do it," says Miller, who'll lead the reunited band at the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Friday. "This will be a different show from the one we did last year at the Beachland," he says. "We're not like the Who — we're not just out to take your money. It's a real value." Tickets are $10.

Light and Sound Spectacular Mix Tape, a live recording by indie rockers the Lorax Tree from a September show at the Grog Shop, is available as a free download on their website: theloraxtree.com.

Cleveland/Youngstown indie rockers Asleep (myspace.com/asleep) have recruited famously prickly engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) to turn the knobs on their new album. They're currently recording at Albini's Chicago studio.

MTV's new season of 16 & Pregnant includes nine songs by Akron indie rockers If These Trees Could Talk (myspace.com/ifthesetreescouldtalk). One of their tunes will also appear in the series finale of NBC's Friday Night Lights, which will air sometime next year.

Flowers in Flames, Queue Up, and Morticia's Chair play a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Garage Bar as part of the Inner Sanctum Concert Series. Go to thegaragebar.net for more info.

Electronic rockers Missile Command (missile-command.net) host a CD-release party at 8 p.m. Friday at the Phantasy. Shadow Saints and Frigid Touch open the show. DJs Darknave, Nemesis, and Textbreak will spin. Tickets are $4.

Cleveland Orchestra violinist Lev Polyakin and his Russian Blue Quartet play a special post-Thanksgiving show at 8 p.m. Friday at Sarava on Shaker Square. Go to sergioscleveland.com for more info.

Local music scene-maker Peanuts hosts his 36th annual Thanksgiving jam at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Brothers Lounge. Admission is free. Go to brotherslounge.com for more info.

Several members of the Columbus neo-R&B and garage band the Floorwalkers (thefloorwalkers.com) grew up in Chardon. They come home to celebrate the release of their new album, The Natural Road, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Beachland Ballroom. The Modern Electric and Tom Evanchuck open. Tickets are $8.

The Black Keys (theblackkeys.com) will release a limited-edition numbered box set of their latest album, Brothers, on double vinyl and CD as part of indie record stores' Black Friday celebration. The deluxe versions include a bonus 10-inch record featuring six previously unreleased live songs and a limited-edition poster.

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