8:30 p.m., Revolution. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Without even listening to the music, here's one way to tell the difference between a real country singer worth a damn and a cougar charmer who sings snake-oil jingles with a twang and calls it country: Go to the singer's Wikipedia page, look at his discography. If they have four or more albums and the majority haven't placed on the Billboard country charts, you're probably in business. Admittedly, that's a narrow way of looking at things, but it'll work more often than not, especially in the case of Todd Snider
, the hedonistic, dippy hippie troubadour who carries the torch of Arlo Guthrie and, yep, John Prine. Take his song “Conservative Christian Right-Wing Republican Straight White American Males,” a laid-back blow of bong smoke in the face of the CCRWRSWAMs that keep his brand of faithful country under their boot spurs. Great songs, terrible timing: Todd Snider and John Prine playing at the same time, five blocks away from each other, presents an unenviable Sophie's Choice for fans. Either way, expect a lot of coin flipping Friday night or cross your fingers for them to join each other on their respective stages for a song or two. And buy a drink for Vince Herman's Great American Taxi
after the show; it does double duty as opener and backing band.