Lou Barlow

With Earlimart and Alaska. Thursday, November 7, at the Grog Shop.

#1 Pho / Indigo Indian Bistro / Tea House Noodles #1 Pho, 3120 Superior Avenue, 216-781-1176. Hours, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Indigo Indian Bistro, 503 Prospect Avenue (in the Colonial Marketplace), 216-357-3308. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday till 11 p.m.

Tea House Noodles, 1701 East 12th Street, 216-592-0000. Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Critics may think of Lou Barlow as the original indie rock nerd, a tattered-sweater-wearing doofus making love to his four-track after being rejected by the hot cashier at Piggly Wiggly. But with celebrated bands like Sebadoh, Sentridoh, and the Folk Implosion behind him, Louie's left a massive wake of largely home-recorded pop, as largely tossed-off as it is occasionally majestic.

At his height (Sebadoh's Harmacy, the Folk Implosion's One Part Lullaby), no one can match Barlow's lovelorn, raggedy-ass feel for a twilight melody. But he can also throw his four-track and a coupla cats into a full bubble bath and sell the tape to people. Will the soothsayer or the screwball show up for this solo gig? It's anyone's guess, but know this: Louie does a bitchin' version of Foreigner's "Cold as Ice."

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