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BRIEFS Rochester pub is hub of music

Staff reports

It's turning out to be one hot summer at Kathy's Pub in Rochester. Just check out this lineup.

The Moaners, a female rock duo featuring former Trailer Bride leader Melissa Swingle and transplanted Baltimore punk drummer Laura King, play Friday with guest Towncrier.

The Moaners have performed with Drive-By Truckers and Wanda Jackson, and played Chicago's Estrojam festival.

Towncrier was signed to Authentic Records, co-founded by Nadas frontmen Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith. The band's first full-length album, "Without a Trace," was released in November 2004.

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Playing Saturday is Silverslide with guest Kurt Vatland, who will debut his new band -- Kurt Vatland featuring Defuze. Vatland, a Kasson native, recently finished a version of "Pull" for the Blind Melon tribute album, "20 Stories Below," due out this fall.

Then, after 20 years of touring, The Samples hit Rochester with a concert July 20.

The Samples' first live album, 1997's "Transmissions from the Sea of Tranquility," has been described as "a staple of musically-hip college students everywhere during the late '90s,"

Over the past two decades the band was signed to a major label, then decided to return to its indie roots.

As a celebration of its anniversary, there's been talk of recording a collaborative album with friends of the band, but for the most part, the Samples will be spending the year much like they've spent the 20 years preceding it: on the road.

On the Web: www.thesamples.com/.

This all leads up to two shows by Chicago's Backyard Tire Fire July 21-22. The band pulls on a range of influences from alt. country to rock. On July 22, Backyard Tire Fire will be joined by Sweet Melba.

The funky blues band Niterail plays July 28-29.

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Then Silverslide returns to open for Squint June 30.

Music starts around 9:30 p.m. each night. Kathy's is at 307 S. Broadway. No cover.

On the Web: www.kathyspub.com/.

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